Big deal. Since he took office in January, President Jimmy Carter has taken a couple of steps toward effective national reform of the marijuana laws. Most impressively, he persuaded the nation’s top narc, DEA chief Peter Bensinger, a Ford administration holdover and longtime “hawk” on the pot issue, to soften his hard line and throw his support to the decriminalization forces.
Turkey, our pet Amazonian, just loves that gold Colombian! As we were taking this shot of our stash, he swooped down from his perch in the trees and took a taste for himself. As you can see, it laid him right out. —J. Reed and R. Rico, Carpenteria, Ca.
Q: I'd like to learn more about my plants than just how to smoke them. What can you tell me about hemp fiber and seeds—they used to be important items of trade, didn't they? —Van Vinsky, Moscow, Pa. A: Hemp was cultivated for its fiber throughout Europe—most extensively, in Poland (yes) and the center and south of Russia.
You can trip every time you sit down, according to experiments by Dr. Harry Hunt, a Canadian psychologist, and his associate Cara Chefurka at Ontario’s Brock University. The research team seated a group of people on straight-backed chairs in an empty room.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit last December to force San Mateo County to get rid of the bugging system in its county jail. In a class action filed in San Francisco Superior Court, the ACLU contends the eavesdropping violates the right to privacy of pretrial prisoners, their lawyers and visitors.
The Watergate bust in 1972 put an end to Frank Sturgis’s long career of clandestine operations, but new stories about the intriguing activities of this 52-year-old soldier of fortune are still surfacing. After pleading guilty—and spending 14 months in jail—for his role in the break-in, Sturgis has remained relatively quiet about his clandestine background even after other Watergaters published their soul searchings.
The U.S. State Department has acknowledged that “things look pretty grim” for over 600 Americans currently rotting in Mexican jails on a variety of charges that range from driving without auto insurance to possession of marijuana. The pessimism is being expressed by U.S. officials because of the Mexican government’s failure to ratify the prisoner exchange treaty drafted jointly by the two nations at the end of 1976.
Disgruntled Vietnam veterans in the U.S. are being paid $3,000 to fight as mercenaries in the growing battle for land in Mexico, according to highly reliable federal sources. The mercs are being recruited by word of mouth in the southern California area, with the operation reportedly coordinated by a former Green Beret major who is said to be hiding out in Sonora, Mexico.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has created a nine-person panel to conduct an intensive inquiry into the mechanical condition of secondhand planes leased in the Miami area. About 75 of the 100 planes being investigated are based in a remote area of Miami International Airport referred to as “corrosion corner."
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BUENOS AIRES (REUTERS) — A federal judge is investigating allegations that former economy minister José Ber Gelbard set up rival leftwing and rightwing terror groups in Argentina to create chaos and pave the way for a Communist takeover.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has expanded its use of wiretaps and physical surveillance for 1977, according to Ray McKinnon, supervising agent of the DEA. Thirty wiretaps have already been slated for 1977, as compared to a total of six last year, McKinnon reports.
TUCUMCARI, N.M.—A total of as much as 100,000 pounds of grass have been seized in random police searches along a section of Interstate 40 between Santa Rosa and Tucumcari, New Mexico, the major road between Arizona and Texas, according to Albuquerque attorney Michael G. Rosenberg.
Governor Hugh Carey, who proposed New York’s pending marijuana decriminalization bill, has pardoned two grass and one LSD prisoner who were serving life sentences in state prisons. Marc Dearstyne, 22, of Rensselaer, was freed in early January.
MADISON—What amounts to decriminalization will stand or fall this month in Wisconsin’s capital city as voters flock to the polls to decide on a controversial bill that proposes a $5 citation for possession of marijuana. The $5 ticket carries the approval of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, whose name will also appear on the ballot in his bid for reelection to an unprecedented third term.
SINGAPORE (REUTERS)—Police vigilance has been increased after a recent attempt by Singapore’s longdormant Triad secret society to revive their activities on the island. The Triads, a dreaded criminal menace here during the 1950s and 1960s, had planned midnight initiation ceremonies of new members in the jungles on the outskirts of Singapore City.
Amtrak, the tax-subsidized national rail transportation service, is assisting Georgia narcs in busting dealers traveling on trains through Savannah, according to informed news sources. Amtrak narcs have been supplied with the DEA's undisclosed “Drug Courier Profile” and are working with Blitz, a pot-sniffing German shepherd belonging to Savannah’s Metro County Drug Squad.
A landmark decision handed down in December 1976 by Roxbury, Massachusetts, District Court Judge Elwood McKinney has declared cocaine “an acceptable recreational drug“ and has ruled that “cocaine regulation as it now stands is clearly unconstitutional.“ Richard Miller, busted for possession of coke, is a free man—not because he was proved innocent, but because cocaine was proved innocent in a court of law for the first time in history.
Who don Juan was, what he did, when he did it, where he did it, why he did it and if he did it.
CARLOS AND CASTANEDA
FACT OR FICTION
CARLOS ONE AND CARLOS TWO
WHAT HAPPENED AT UCLA?
Richard de Mille
Carlos Castaneda has written four best sellers about his 12-year apprenticeship in the Sonoran desert under a Yaqui Indian sorcerer named don Juan Matus. There his head turned into a crow and flew away, he became brother to the coyote and he learned to erase his personal history.
Brown Gold Coffee, imported and packaged by the Andes Coffee Corporation of Palisades Park, New Jersey, is, as its label points out, "100% Colombian." A unique blend of Medellin Excelso and the Armenia Excelso coffee beans, the label adds, it is "worth its taste in gold."
One of the cheapest and most relaxing vacations available to any ablebodied person is to “crew” on a more affluent traveler’s yacht. Most big boats need helpers to handle such chores as pulling up the anchor or hauling down the sails, even when these tasks have become automated.
Welcome to the pleasure gardens of the Lost Planet—a strange, beautiful land where Commander Cody grows his own special brand of cannabis. As maestro of the famed psychedelic-country-swing-rock and boogie band—Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen—the Commander requires a constant source of inspiration.
The year, basically, was 1929. Herbert J. Hoover had just been elected president. Soon, the Depression arrived. Everyone was poor except the rich. At long last, sound had come to the movies. And drug films were among the first to make use of it.
IF HISTORY MAY BE SEEN AS A METRONOME SWINGING BETWEEN PERIODS OF CULTIVATION [CHAOS] AND CIVILIZATION [ORDER], THEN SURREALISM WAS THE CIVILIATION OF DADA CULTURE.
Black humor was a penchant of the dadaists. René Crevel was found dead with a note pinned to his shirt: "Disgusted".
Surrealism, as it was properly practiced by its inventors in the 1920s and 1930s, was a brave forging of art and philosophy into a potent social force. Today, the word often serves as a cover-up for charlatans, puerile no-talents and cowards.
Morris the Cat is apparently looking for a girlfriend, or at least his promoters are. In an advertisement listed as “Purrsonal,” the pet-food company that owns Morris suggests that owners of attractive female cats write Morris in Oak Park, Illinois.
Yoko Ono and Linda McCartney, hip, alluring, notorious, arty, rich and well connected—what better scapegoats for the Beatles’ breakup? A Tucson newspaper interviewed George Harrison on the subject once again, who noted the efforts by Paul and John to have their old ladies “permanently” join the Beatles as one of the major factors in the alienations.
A recent coordinated air-land-sea attack by eight law enforcement agencies resulted in the arrest of 19 persons and seizure of nine tons of weed from a converted shrimp boat. Acting on a tip, the cops staked out an area in the vicinity of Black Point, Georgia, where the vessel was allegedly to meet purchasers of the pot.
The rise in the number of cars and the cost of gasoline to keep them on the roads has turned an ever-increasing number of city dwellers to mass transit. Hailed as a panacea by politicians, environmentalists, urban planners and sociologists as the answer to automobile tyranny, urban mass transit systems have in many areas of the country replaced the car as prime mover.
In one of the last major seizures of the Bicentennial, police nabbed 76 pounds of topnotch toot in a Florida airplane. The coke—and two men who allegedly winged it in, Thomas Schlaebitz, 47, of Fort Lauderdale, and Joseph Driscoll, 50, of Oakland Park—were deposited in the Dade County jail on $100,000 bond.
LIVE AT CBGB’S (Atlantic SD2-508) and MAX’S KANSAS CITY 1976 (Ram 1213). Get ready for the big freakout. There are those among us who realize that the late Seventies are upon us and that we are entering another period of furious creativity the likes of which has not been seen since 1967-68.
On the "Tomorrow" show the other night Tom Snyder confessed, by the bye, that he was gradually coming around to a belief in reincarnation. This is a sorrowful thing, illustrating the intellectually corrosive effects of talking to all those messiahs, gurus, UFO hitchhikers, astrologers, Noah's Arkers and pyramid-power proselytes.
Why did the fireman wear a handsomely styled wood and steel Dope Moderne belt buckle with a secret stash for joints and a smooth, clear cocaine cutting surface on the rear, available from (HIGH)2 Enterprises, P.O.B. 11135, Alexandria, Va. 22312, for only $15.00 postpaid? To keep his pants up. It might even go undetected in a bust, an airline security check or a Customs checkpoint—anything but a mugging. It seems like everyone wants a Chuckle Buckle, so get yours today. Wholesaler inquiries invited.
Tired of riding with chickenshit clubs? Want to lay some tracks with a class gang? You know you need a Harley, and the hog to buy this year is the 1977 XLCR Café Racer. Possibly the masterpiece of Harley-Davidson customizing wizard Willie G. (Davidson), the Café Racer features the engine from the powerful 1977 Sportster, a unique Siamese exhaust system with all-black pipes, aluminum cast wheels, XR-750 racer styling, dual front disk brakes, a specially designed gas tank and many other attractions that spell c-l-a-s-s. Ask your local Harley dealer for the price— or, if you prefer, steal one. Down with middle-class property fetishism!
Hey kids, are you looking for something that will really make your head spin? Well, here it is, the new, all natural “mood elevator” from Interstellar Propeller. Guaranteed to get you higher than ever before (in a strong wind). Make yours the envy of every "head” in town. These terrific, all-new, propeller-powered hats come in all sizes and colors and are ideal for gift-giving or for your own head. Personalized hats are made to order. To get your own hat, just send five dollars to Interstellar Propeller, 1600 Woolsey St., Berkeley, California 94703. For a customized hat, featuring either rainbow embroidery or your own choice of a special propeller mount or patch (could be anything, an elephant, dinosaur, frog or your favorite cartoon character), just send an additional three dollars and a note stating your preference.
Tian Harlan, a 36-year-old West German architect and artist, has the last word in decorator timepieces for 1977. His Chromachron features a signed black disk with a pie slice removed to indicate the hour as it revolves around a wheel of 12 distinct colors. Originally commissioned by Walt Disney to cheer him up with “living color” when he was cryogenically frozen until such time as a cure for cancer could be found, the Chromachron is now available in elegant but inexpensive ($49.95) editions from Chromachron, P.O. Box 330963, Coconut Grove, Fla. 33133.
If Geronimo were alive and sniffing, no doubt it would be with a utensil much like this spoon-straw by Uptown Hardware. Hand wrought of sterling silver (gold can be had at a slight premium), these nasal aids are inlaid with turquoise, coral, jet and mother-of-pearl in a number of canny designs including mushrooms, stars, ace of spades, Yin-Yang, the ever-popular Play-boy bunny and the newly popular peanut. Prices start at $25 for the basic silver spoon; the binostril blaster starts at $50. A catalog is fifty cents, refundable with purchase, from Uptown Hardware, Route 1, Box 585. Conifer, Colorado 80433.
Official Dealer McDope Dealing Game
Then while away those sunset years with the Official Dealer McDope Dealing Game, based on the adventures of one of the more forgotten characters of Sixties underground comix, Dave Sheridan’s Dealer McDope. A toss of the dice, a spin of the wheel, and you’re off to Jamaica, Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru or even one of our own fine U.S. penitentiaries, where you can relive all the thrills of big-time dope dealing in the comfort of your own home. A great gift idea for a son or daughter who’s about to graduate, or at least get paroled. Comes in a discreet brown paper wrapper when you send $12.95 to Last Gasp, 2180 Bryant, San Francisco, Ca. 94110.
High Times now has a news bureau in Washington, D.C. Just a few blocks from the White House our reporters will be checking up on Jimmy Carter’s professed intention to clean up the Drug Enforcement Administration and keeping close tabs on the Carterization of the Washington ruling junta.