Please don’t portray the Coast Guard only as a bunch of narcs enforcing antiquated laws. I speak for many Coasties who would much rather smoke what they confiscate than bust people. It’s only a few of the officers who are living in the past. Guardsmen who joined to help rather than hurt risk their lives every day to save others.
Q: “THC Drops: High Through the Eyes” in the October “Health” column claims that THC eyedrops are the first eye high. Not so! I found years ago that a hit of windowpane acid on the eyeball is a really effective way to trip. But I’ve always wondered: can it harm the eye?
Students who start smoking pot in their early teens wind up with better college grades than late tokers, according to a survey at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Data on over 500 students revealed that women smoke as much as men, athletes as much as nonathletes, and that students with the highest grades had, on the average, begun using grass earliest.
After limiting medical use of amphetamines mainly to obesity several years ago, the Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration are asking a Senate subcommittee to disapprove that option. The agencies cited overprescription by doctors, diversion of pharmaceutical speed to the black market and “trivial benefits” in dieting before Senator Gaylord Nelson’s Small Business Subcommittee.
Gil Scott-Heron is a singer, songwriter and bandleader who is also a poet, philosopher, novelist and political revolutionary. First acclaimed for his composition “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” he has recorded seven albums in the past six years—establishing himself as a star of urban jazz and R & B and at the same time as one of the most militant and politically incisive artists working any musical vein.
The number one DEA agent outside the U.S. was killed recently inside DEA offices in Bogotá. Octavio Gonzales, 38, chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration office in Colombia, was found shot to death in his office, three blocks from the U.S. embassy.
Cocaine busts for possession and trafficking now average 120 a month in Ecuador, a steady increase over previous months, officials in Quito report. A typical haul recently netted 300 grams of coke, 11,170 grams of cocaine base and 7 kilos of marijuana.
WASHINGTON—The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is being investigated by Congress on charges that it is sponsoring paramilitary death squads throughout Latin America. The DEA is alleged to be closely linked to the Argentine Anti-Communist Alliance.
Indonesia, one of the world's four major coca-growing countries, has instituted new pot laws considered by foreign diplomats in Jakarta to be the harshest in the world. Persons caught possessing, producing, trading, exporting or importing or buying weed without a government permit can now be sentenced to death, life imprisonment or 20 years or fined up to $100,000.
SACRAMENTO—Calling the U.S.-Mexico prisoner swap treaty a "charade:" NORML West Coast coordinator Gordon Brownell and other concerned Californians refuse to be placated. "The fact that so many Americans are locked up in Mexico is as much the result of our DEA's active involvement as it is the work of the Mexican authorities," says Brownell.
WASHINGTON—The concept of marijuana decriminalization came under fire during the fifth annual conference of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) held here recently. Many of the 300 conferees, some of whom came from as far away as the Virgin Islands and Australia, pressed NORML to concern itself less with decrim and more with legalization, particularly in the fields of grass distribution and regulation.
SACRAMENTO—Home-growers in California will inhale easier if a bill reducing penalties for grass cultivation is passed this year. California assemblyman Willie Brown has introduced a proposal that would slap growers of plots "not in excess of one square yard" with a misdemeanor citation and $100 fine.
Chimps, chickens and catfish can predict earthquakes, suggest Stanford University zoologists. On a hunch, Seymour Levine and Helen Kramer began checking chimpanzee behavior records kept at the school’s primate study center near the San Andreas fault.
"You know, it's too bad," the young man lamented as he rolled a joint. "It's been ten years since the big push for marijuana reform began, and not a thing has changed." "Aw bullshit," a military analyst replied, motioning to an immense building across the street.
WASHINGTON—The Black Panthers have filed a $100-million damage suit against the FBI and CIA, claiming that the two agencies violated the civil rights of its members through murder, break-ins and surveillance. The Panthers, whose Oakland headquarters was broken into at least 15 times in 1976, filed the suit in a Washington district court.
The antipot-oriented Committee for Adverse Reaction of the South African Control Council is planning to gather at least eight marijuana experts for a conference in Capetown sometime this year in the hopes of bringing government officials and scientists up to date on the latest pot research.
Japanese germ warfare experiments during World War II killed at least 3,000 Chinese prisoners, but the medical researchers who performed the experiments escaped prosecution after giving their bacteriological findings to the U.S. Defense Department, according to a film by TV reporter Haruko Yoshinga.
The Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) has awarded the General Electric Company a $10-million contract to build the world's two largest windmills, ERDA sources report. The two structures are planned to be operating on sites selected by ERDA and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Lewis Research Center by mid-1978.
NEW YORK—The Alternative Press Syndicate (APS) celebrated its tenth anniversary last December with a healthy subscriber list of over 225 members world-wide. APS was formed in December 1966 by the editors of five "underground" newspapers as the Underground Press Syndicate.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have re fused to implement any safety procedures to coun teract recent radioactivity over the United States. The latest case of fallout over the U.S. was canied here by high-altitude winds from an aboveground atomic test in China.
Private investigator Lake Headley, 46, the ebullient P.I. for the Wounded Knee Legal Defense/Offense Committee, was recently busted here for allegedly growing several acres of pot, a felony in Montana. Headley claims that his "left-wing" stance was a factor in his arrest.
A 35-year-old man claiming to be the son of actor Richard Widmark and operating as a covert agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is responsible for the arrest and conviction of at least 17 people in Colorado, sources in Colorado report.
Secret service agents are investigating an anonymous letter that may shed light on last year's outbreak of "Legionnaires' disease," says New York congressman John Murphy. The letter was sent some time after the convention—but before the illnesses occurred—to Dr. William Sunderman, Jr., a University of Connecticut patholologist and the world's foremost authority on nickel carbonyl poisoning.
First son Jeff Carter, 27, an admitted doper, believes that American farmers should take the lead in cannabis agriculture. The move would prevent the public from spending millions on foreign imports, Carter told Gatewood Galbraith on a campaign swing through Kentucky last October.
The fifth annual U.N. Law of the Sea Conference has failed to reach concrete results in the question of a 200-mile exclusive economic zone. "Much more work remains to be done before the nations of the earth can sit down to sign a treaty on the sea," said a delegate to the conference, which lasted almost three months.
Grass arrest figures for the Dairy State indicate that $10.7 million was spent on busting Wisconsin tokers in 1975. There were 7,974 pot arrests—80 percent of all "drug-related" busts. Faced with Wisconsin's record enforcement figure, Governor Patrick Lucey said he would support "some form of decriminalization that penalizes use with a fine rather than with a jail sentence or probation."
Capricorn Records president Phil Walden did not post the $100,000 bail for former Allman Brothers aide John "Scooter" Herring as was reported in the November High Times. The bail that freed Herring to pursue his various appeals was posted by the Stuyvesant Insurance Company, by "good friends of mine in the music business who believed in me," Herring told High Times.
Five Papago Indians have joined the U.S. Customs Service south-western border patrol, bringing the number of Indian scouts tracking grass importers to 15. Customs considers the Papago Indians invaluable, since they can communicate by radio in their native tongue, an unwritten language difficult for outsiders to learn.
Mexico's 4 million landless peasants are threatening the regime of President José Lopez Portillo. On the eve of Portillo's inauguration, four explosions ripped through buildings in Mexico City. The blasts, believed related to the peasants' call for land, occurred at a branch of Banco Nacional de México, Johnson & Johnson Laboratories, the National Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and the Camino Real Hotel.
How the Dope war replaced the cold war—a Stady U.S. Foreign Policy
"All nations of the world—friend and adversary alike—must understand that America considers the illegal export of opium to the country a threat to our national security." -Gerald Ford Flying over Jamaica today, you see that about a fifth of the island paradise is brown—burned to the ground.
It's been ten years since I traveled through Asia overland, on foot and fancy-free. by bus, truck, train and canoe, splashing along the banks of the Mekong, fox-trotting to Palm Court orchestras in Rangoon and savoring cannabis for the first time in a sleeping car on a train from Phnom Penh to the border of Thailand.
In 1970, at a "drug" symposium in Michigan, I heard a remark that seemed outrageous. A long-haired representative of the counterculture, arguing against the value judgments society has made about some substances, told an audience of public school teachers that he and his friends thought white sugar was "addicting and more dangerous than heroin" Of course, it is not possible to compare the two: one is an intoxicant, the other a food (or nonfood, to some); one is put into the nose, lungs or veins; the other, into the mouth and stomach.
Let’s see... Kowalski says he wants poetic copy... I could use a drink... parody of “Ode on a Grecian Urn"? Let’s see... I don’t think there’s actually anything in there about dope, per se... "It leaves a heart high-sorrowful and cloyed,/A burning forehead, and parching tongue."
In the beginning was the Image: the motion picture image. Not far behind was the first dope film. In 1894, five years after the birth of the moving picture, penny-arcade kinetoscopes across the land were showing a 30-second flick variously billed as Chinese Opium Den, The Opium Smokers, Opium Den and Opium Joint.
A connoisseur chooses the champions of contraband aircargo.
$50,000 to $100,000
For a brief period in the early Sixties, the Howard 500 was the hot shit of the business fleet, a plush, 5,000-h.p. spruced-up version of the old World War II Lockheed Ventura patrol bomber. But the jet age happened fast in private aviation, and only 22 of the beasts were built. Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CB17 engines, the peak of piston-engine art, enabled the Howard to fly 350 mph for six or seven hours with a five-ton payload, performing better than the turboprop Grumman Gulfstream that "obsoleted" it. Eighteen Howards are still flying, most of them immaculately maintained by doting owners. For all its style and performance, the Howard can be a killer if an engine fails at low altitude. "It'll reach up and grab you by the gonads before you know what hit you," warns one Howard pilot.
$100,000 to $250,000
Although the DC-6 looks very much like the DC-4, it is a much more sophisticated airplane. With its four 2,400-h.p. Pratt & Whitney R-2800s, it can lift nearly 20 tons, 75 percent more than the DC-4 can handle. In addition, the Six is pressurized, which means the crew does not have to wear oxygen masks at high altitudes. It is also fitted with thermal de-icing equipment on the wings, tail and windshield. a major plus for foul-weather flying. A DC-6A cargo plane or a DC-6B "baby-type" passenger model converted for cargo use can command a quarter of a million dollars. (A straight DC-6B can be bought for much less than that, but the conversion to cargo configuration—front and rear loading doors plus a strengthened floor—can cost $150,000.) Because of its excellent reliability and high payload, the DC-6 is probably better suited than any airplane for hauling large payloads at low cost.
$50,000 to $100,000
For aesthetically minded smugglers, there is no better choice than a 1049H Super Constellation. Many aerobuffs consider the serpentine, triple-tailed Super Connie the most beautiful airliner ever built—and its 50,000 pound payload and 5,500-cubic-foot cargo capacity ain't too shabby, neither. Unfortunately, Connies are rather rare and are powered by fearsomely complicated Wright R-3350 turbo compound engines, which have poor maintenance and reliability records. The R-3350 also requires 115/145 octane fuel, which is not widely available. There are a few Connies around—at very depressed prices—that are not equipped with cargo doors. Although unsuitble for commercial operation, a passenger Connie would do dope smugglers just fine if they had an air stair and didn't mind loading slowly.
$25,000 to $100,000
$500,000 to $900,000
For well-heeled smugglers with brass balls, a small business jet offers speed, decent range and, above all, respectability What bust-crazed narc is going to look with suspicion upon the pilot of a 500-mph executive board room of the air? Perhaps the bizjet best suited for smuggling operations is the Cessna Citation, which has the lowest price and best short-field capabilities of any private jet. The Citation, loaded to the roof, can safely fly out of runways as short as 3,300 feet. The Citation is also certified by the FAA to use dirt and gravel runways. Other popular bizjets include the Lear jet (fantastic speed and climb, but needs a lot of runway), Lockheed Jetstar (four—count'em, four—engines), Rockwell Saberliner, Jet Commander, DH-1 25, the French Dassault Falcon and the ultimate, the six-million Grumman G-II. If the Citation is too small or slow for you, consider the Dassault Falcon. Federal Express, a freight airline, operates a fleet of 32 Falcons that log 25 million miles a year. "No other jet is even remotely comparable in terms of payload and cubic footage per dollar," Federal Express chairman fred Smith told High Times.
Only one of these gargantuan transports was built, in 1947,and it is now on display at an Air Force bace in San Antonio. (The V.F.W. gives guided tours through it.) But is there a tantalizing possibility that this dope-smuggler's dream plane could somehow be wrested form the VFW, worked into flying shape and flown on the most gloriously dangerous and profitable dope run of all time? The XC-99 would certainly be up to the task. Its six four-row, 28-cylinder, dual-superchaged Pratt & Whitney R-4360s are the most powerful gasoline engines on earth. Its cargo bay encompasses 30,000 cubic feet, enough for literally millions of lids of grass. In fact, with its long, tubelike fuselage filled with loosely packed grass, the XC-99 would closely resemble a huge flying joint. High society needs the XC-99. Who will make the first move?
$50,000 to $100,000
The Navy's sluggish old PBY amphibian patrol boat adds a whole new dimension to dope-smuggling logistics. Beaches, lakes and rivers become potential pickup, unloading and refueling points; a PBY can even rendezvous off-shore beyond the three-mile limit with courier boats. Water-flying is a high art, however, and a smuggler is advised to have a bona-fide PBY pilot for any clandestine water operations. (Smuggler Ken Burnstine discovered that the hard way; Burnstine's PBY now rests in pieces at the bottom of the ocean.) Many PBYs have been modified into luxurious flying yachts. One, in fact, is reportedly furnished with the interior of Captain Namo's submarine Nautilus from Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Jacques Cousteau uses a PBY for undersea exploration. Check carefully for corrosion before buying; salt water can eat away the innards, no matter how shiny the exterior.
$1 to $1.5
If you seek the ultimate tramp freighter and you have many dollars, abandon all further search. This Canadian-built turboprop cargo plane will haul 40 tons of Afghani hash (street value in New York, $150 million) nonstop from the fields to the users. The CL-44 is custom designed for lightning getaways. The entire rear section of the fuselage swings open, revealing a gaping maw that swallows trucks like a speed freak pops bennies. A CL-44 is difficult to come by these days, because it takes at least a million-five to pry a good one loose from the cargo airlines. The Bristol Britannia, a less powerful transport version formerly operated by BOAC and the RAF,is much cheaper, but it lacks the swing tail.
$35,000 to $75,000
The Curtiss C-46 never achieved the legendary status of the C-47, but it will carry twice the load and has more volume in its bulbous humpbacked fuselage. The C-46 gained fame flying "the Hump" from Burma to China, for both its airlifting feats and its terrible safety record. The C-46 was considered so dangerous under single-engine operation it was never approved for commecial passengers. Nevertheless, hundreds of C-46s are still used as cargo planes, many of them flying between Miami and South America. This fact makes the C-46 an excellent cover plane for Caribbean smuggling operations. A battered C-46 arriving at Miami International from South America would cause no more stir than a 727 from New York. The C-46 is not a good short-field airplane, however, and its poor single-engine performance makes good engine maintenance imperative.
$40,000 to $80,000
Douglas Aircraft was introducing its DC-4 airliner when World War II came along, so they began turning out a C-54 military version by the thousands. After The Big One, some 500 C-54s found their way into civilian hands, and many of them are still flying. Most have been converted for cargo use; they offer excellent payload per dollar. The DC-4's strong suit is its short-field performance—much better than the later, more powerful DC-6. One DC-4 has already become a media star because of its ability to haul dope into tight places. In 1975, the famous "Polk County Pot Plane" landed with 3,200 pounds of marijuana and 85 kilo bricks of hash on a makeshift 1,000-foot strip hacked out of the Georgia woods. The DC-4 has somewhat limited range and speed and is not suitable for high altitudes, but it will carry ten tons of Colombia's finest out of a short jungle strip at a very low cost. It may be the best choice for high-volume, medium-range smuggling operations.
$5,000 to $15,000
You saw'em in Thirty Seconds over Tokyo and you saw'em in Catch-22. A handful of these World War II medium bombers are still flying. Some are meticulously restored, flying museum-pieces, but others are ratty enouah to sell dirt cheap—cheaper, in fact, than any plane on ur list. The B-25 has features that DC-6s and Connies lack: nice little smuggling options like .50 caliber machine guns in the nose, tail and dorsal turret. Firepower like that will not only knock the border patrol's Maule M-5 patrol planes right out of the sky but also will significantly increase the smuggler's macho rating among Latin dope lords. The B-25's bomb bay can also be an asset in case of a suspected double-cross or bust. A stash of several tons can be carried there; and if a pilot suspects he's being shadowed, he need merely flip a lever and (shudder!) dump the shit into the wild blue yonder.
• Men who spend their time fantasizing about women are more likely to have their fantasies come true, according to a member of the original Kinsey study who is presently studying male sexuality in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Leonard M. Giambra, a sex researcher, claims that men lost in sexual reveries score a lot more than their clean-minded counterparts.
In 1964, Phil Shinnick competed as a member of the United States Olympic team in Tokyo. Today, 12 years later, Shinnick is in Allenwood Federal Penitentiary in Montgomery, Pennsylvania, for refusing to testify before a Scranton grand jury.
The long arm of the law has descended on ten people alleged to be part of a multimillion-dollar cocaine-smuggling ring run by University of Michigan, students and centered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, according to DEA officials. The gangbust followed a three-year investigation by D-men into the unique smuggling method of disguising cocaine as whiskey.
Smart smugglers are relying more and more on the miracles of technology to outwit the ubiquitous Dman. A hot new item, tried and tested in the Pacific, is the timed radio tone. The type tested in the "National Weed" experiment was an Institut Dr. Forster Detector 4.016, manufactured in Grath-wohlstrasse, Germany.
Harried International Hash Market Suffers 8-Ton Loss
A series of spectacular busts on the international hash market has put a total of eight tons of primo smoke in cops' coffers. The biggest haul was taken by Egyptian coast guard officials near the "hash bowl" formed by the Mediterranean Sea. Police mariners tracked down and arrested a group of smugglers after a running gun battle off the coast of Sidi Abdel Rahman, an isolated resort area north-west of Alexandria.
It might not rival the product of the time-honored cocas at Cuzco or the Huanuco Valley, but California cocaine could very well be getting your nose right in the not-too-distant future. Fed up with skyrocketing prices, stepped-up international border and coastline surveillance by DEA authorities, South American lab busts and cocaine that is stepped on numerous times before reaching the buyer, a number of dealers and persons with an interest in domestic coca production have been looking for an alternative.
Those Fabulous Furry Freak Bros., long favorites of underground readers, will soon make the leap from cartoon to celluloid as Gone with the Weed, a full-length, color film based on the comic strip. The creator, Gilbert Shelton, has sold the movie rights to InterGalactic Audio-Visual Systems, Inc. which will use real people instead of animated drawings.
Heirs of blues singer Bessie Smith have filed suit against CBS and Columbia Records in Philadelphia’s U.S. district court, charging that racial discrimination was used to deprive her of payment for her recordings. Her son, Jack Gee, Jr., also charged that many singers who recorded for Columbia’s black record series were inordinately exploited and that CBS and Columbia’s predecessor companies never paid Smith more than $200 for any song recorded between 1923 and 1933.
While underground comics activity has simmered to a slow boil here in the States, the fat's on the fire in France and Holland, where some of America's talent is looking for publishers, inspiration and a few good yuks. Cartoonists published in Europe within the last year include Harvey Kurtzman, Wally Wood, Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Ralph Reese, Jeff Jones, S. Clay Wilson and Richard Corben.
Back in the pop-art days of the roaring Sixties, the hottest name on every publicity flack's list was Andy Warhol. His attendance at any public event guaranteed press coverage. Accompanying him and his entourage to a movie premiere on one of those early occasions, I noticed that some people didn't even know which one Warhol was.
ROBIN AND LINDA WILLIAMS (Flashlight Records FLT 3003).This album is uncontaminated—made by Flashlight Records up in Minnesota far away from the sterile assembly-line techniques practiced in the "recording capitals." There is nothing here to lush it up or bland it out for mass consumption.
THE PUSHCART PRIZE: BEST OF THE SMALL PRESSES, edited by Bill Henderson (New York: Avon Books, $5.95). From two thousand of the little magazines around the country the editors of The Pushcart Prize have selected over 400 pages of short fiction, poetry, translations and essays.
The Stash Pouch is a big hit among the readers of Easyriders, the magazine of outlaw bikers. "Going into a heavy neighborhood?" the ad asks. "Protect your valuables with this Stash Pouch:" The Stash Pouch is an arm- or leg-band of expanding, "living bra" fabric made to be worn invisibly under clothing. It has a pocket for valuables big enough to hold thousands of dollars or numerous grams of compact substances, closed securely by a flap and a Velcro seal. The Easyriders ad, with a chopper bopper that no one would care to meet in a dark alley, hips you that "You can jump, run, whatever and the Stash Pouch will stay in position—it does not slip down:" Your stash is as safe as you are. If you lose it you are arrested or dead. $3.95 from the Mackenzie Company, Box. 29, Calabasas, California 91302.
Pen That Skips
Some pens will write under water, some under butter; this pen won't write under either. It won't write at all. But it will hold a roach or stash a few joints or what have you. Outwardly it's an ordinary felt-tip pen, with a pocket clip embossed "Feather-writer:" but remove the cap to reveal a sturdy Japanese alligator clip ready to hold small cigarettes or masochistic nipples. The perfect gift for that boy in military school, a good Valium stash for the harried housekeeper. Only $2.50 from Richard Ownes, 297 Graffenburg Road, New Hartford, N.Y. 13413.
When you're running cargo, volume can be more crucial than weight, and the tighter you pack, the richer you get. What better way to put big things in smaller places than a heavy-duty industrial trash compactor? Loose bales of vegetable matter can be bricked like a shithouse, crammed down to from one-tenth to one-fifteenth of their original size. A heavy-duty model from the Compactor Company will cost a mere $875.50. It stands about four feet high and requires minimal floor space. Easy to operate, safe and it will compact anything from trash to hash. Contact Bev. S. Hall, National Sales Coordinator, 1401 South Floyd Road, Suite C, Richardson, Texas 75081.
Sari about the Seventies
Can't go out because you have nothing to wear? Tired of the mother earth denim look? A single $48 dress could be the answer. Made of basic black crepe, this cleverly cut single-seam costume can be worn in 170, count 'em, 170 different ways! The secret is in the wraparound shoulder scarves that can be tossed all over your luscious body, plunging neckline, backline, and slink and stretch fabric. This Swiss Army knife of evening dresses is available where you can find it or from the manufacturer—Parade Dress Co., Inc., 1400 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10018.
Tired of the calm, geometric precision of Frisbee? Here's a new game toy that combines the stoned quality of Frisbee with the aerial antics of badminton, the fast and furious pace of handball and the strange, atavistic overtones of polo and lacrosse. It's Loco Ball—a giant crested warbler-sized badminton birdie that you can swat, throw, knee, kick and head considerable distances through the air. Because of the odd shape of the leather-covered rubber tip, the Loco Ball bounces as crazily as the old pigskin spheroid does in the hands of the Seattle Seahawks. If you like stoned games, but Frisbee is too polite for you, Loco Ball is $5.50 from Loco Ball International, Box 9234, Aspen, Colorado 81611.
High Times's resident expert on international politics, Robert Singer, got his start as a foreign correspondent when High Times published his epochal interview with the Dalai Lama in November 1975. In "The Rise of the Dope Dictators," Singer unravels the foreign narcotics policy of Nixon, Kissinger and Ford, exposing it as a scheme to transform our anticommunist Cold War allies into antidope police regimes.