In the past decade, faith in our country has dwindled to practically nothing. We have a simple plan which could save America and revolutionize life here in the nicest way. And all that is required is a simple amendment to the Constitution—The 28th Amendment.
Your "Guide to Guerrilla Units" [High Times, January '77] failed to reflect events since July 1976—inevitable, I guess, with the publishing time-lag. There have been recent communiqués and/or bombings by the Sam Melville-Jonathan Jackson and Fred Hampton Units in New England, indicating both are alive and well.
Q: In his interview (High Times, September '76), Mike Stepanian said that police have no grounds to search your property on a tip from a pilot who spotted the good bush from the air. Stepanian stated that California's Lorenzono case established that the herb must be sighted from a place where the public has access.
The brain's characteristic response to external events seems to determine which psychochemicals an individual chooses, says Dr. Edward Deaux of New Mexico's Department of Hospitals. Neurologists have established that most people are either "augmenters," whose minds increase the perceived intensity of stimuli, or "reducers," whose heads play it down.
Since January 1, 1977, marijuana has posed a grave health hazard in South Korea, where a new law provides death for "habitual offenders." Playfully dubbed "the South Africa of the Far East" by the 65,000 American G.I.'s and civilians who call it their vocationland, South Korea had never been known for political leniency.
The laws of symbiosis (biological interdependence) offer some easy ways to increase a garden's yield and variety. Fruit trees, berry bushes and many vegetables rely on bees for pollination. Wind-pollinated crops, like marijuana, need no bugs, though bees seem to love pot flowers anyway.
"We intend to get the killer-pushers and their willing customers out of selling and buying dangerous drugs. The answer to the problem is simple—get rid of drugs, pushers and users. Period." Harry Jacob Anslinger was born in 1892 into a world where marijuana, cocaine, opium and other drugs were freely, or cheaply, available to anyone who wanted them.
There is war in Mexico. From all accounts, the once regionalized battle to control Mexico's lucrative marijuana and poppy export business has erupted into a full-scale conflict extending throughout the country. There are daily fire fights in the Sierra Madre, Mayan Indians in Yucatán have revolted against government destruction of their pot plantations and the split between Mexico's 3.8 million landless peasants (who depend on marijuana as a cash crop) and the landowner-backed regime of José Lopez Portillo has prompted the call for mercenary intervention on both sides.
In an attempt to stop government destruction of their profitable marijuana plantations, Mayan Indians living on Mexico's Yucatán peninsula instigated a revolt in January that led to heated gun battles with Mexican troops. The bloody uprising, which left several dead and at least six seriously injured, began when the Mayans accused the Chemax town government of destroying their pot farms and stealing $200 from the municipal treasury.
More than two dozen Mexican dope-war pilots have plunged to fiery deaths over the last two years in what Mexican officials are calling "accidents." The U.S.-trained pilots are part of the poppy eradication program that has brought virtual warfare to many parts of the once serene countryside.
CULIACÁN—The once subdued violence between Mexican troops and the marijuana and poppy growers of the Sierra Madre has erupted into a full-scale war with the 5,000-man Sinaloa regional garrison being reinforced by at least 2,000 additional troops.
"He was blown out of the saddle, but we can't find the body," explained weary U.S. Customs agent Charles Conroy. "A load of buckshot hit him at close range and tore him into small pieces." The battle erupted over 3,000 pounds of marijuana on the banks of the Rio Grande west of the Mexican village of Boquillas and east of Big Bend National Forest, where five U.S. undercover agents had arranged a midnight rendezvous with 20 mounted and armed Mexicans and their two pickup trucks loaded with 75 sugar sacks of grass.
Mexican President José Lopez Portillo believes Mexico is receiving a "negative and unfair" image in the United States that is seriously damaging its tourist industry. "American television and newspapers have created the beginnings of a psychosis toward Mexico," laments Tourism Minister Guillermo Rossell de la Lama.
BOGOTA —A major Colombian cocaine exporter known here as Culzat is trying to outrun the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the narcotics detail of Colombia's dreaded F-2 police after a bloody escape from Lima, Peru, where he was being held on charges of cocaine trafficking.
Ecuadorean narcs have launched a nationwide dragnet for the legendary Scarlet Pimpernel Coke Cooker, a crack coke chemist believed involved in the production of large amounts of top-quality toot. Wilson Dieb Chedruai, famed to the United States DEA and to various South American narcs, has been sought since late 1976, when Ecuadorean officials busted a group that was running coke out of the southern port of Salinas.
A congressional study has strongly recommended that the U.S. bureau of Interpol, the 125-member international police organization based in Paris, tighten up its rules of supplying information on U.S. citizens to other countries. A General Accounting Office (GAO) study found insufficient data in nearly half the requests for information from abroad pertaining to American citizens.
QUITO—Travelers to Ecuador are being warned against accepting invitations from local landowner Marcelo Carrion to sample mushrooms and ayahuasca on his farms in the Cuenca region, according to the foreign grapevine here. Stephen Boyd, a 25-year-old from Oregon, known to his friends to be strongly into exotic dope, accepted such an invitation last year and died there.
A major Mexican dope exporter has offered a $10,000 bounty for every U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent killed while operating in Mexico, according to a reliable source close to Operation Cactus, a major gambit to remove Pedro Aviles-Perez from exporting marijuana, cocaine and heroin to the United States.
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND—The Golden Triangle poppy-producing countries have launched a "full military operation" against poppy-growing peasants in the midst of the annual harvest. The military actions have been coupled with a "resettlement" program in hopes of convincing the Meo tribes, for whom the poppy crop has been the lifeblood for centuries, to grow coffee and kidney beans.
"We didn't know anything...we were only giving orders"
Mexico 1977: Children playing, dogs barking, peasants working and loving in the warm mountain air. An airplane circles lazily in the clear blue, so distant it is almost invisible. Probably a smuggler awaiting clearance, or one of our own glorious Air Mexico pilots lost again, chuckle the elders.
JoJay rolled five joints in preparation for a visit to his cousin, Walk in Many Suns. Walk in Many Suns is a plumber who lives in Yum Yum Estates. He has invited Walter and JoJay and his brothers and me to participate in the Bonanza Ceremony. "Yum Yum Estates," Walter said.
Gift of the Bee, Ambrosia of the Gods, Tonic of the Sages or Hippie Stickum?
There comes a time in every man's life when charity, gallantry, noblesse oblige, if you will, overcome his natural sloth and bestir him out of bed: mission—to brew a cup of tea for his lady fair. Normally, you let her fix her own damn tea, but tonight, say, it's her birthday or something, you're elected.
It takes more than soil and water and sunshine for seeds to grow into happy, healthy flowering leaves. It takes roots. Long, green, porous, icky roots that grrrrrrrr-ip! the earth like Firestone tires. On these two pages are six kinds of marijuana, each with its own distinct flavor and parapsychological effect (ranging from trance-inducing to telepathic), each so different in so many ways from the others that, really, all they have in common is, or are, their roots.
Sometimes the most expensive part of traveling is eating, and experienced travelers know that devoting a corner of their bag to "iron rations" is good insurance. In some parts of the world —Japan is a good example—arriving in a small town late at night is a guarantee that no restaurants will be open; and not everybody cares for the local fare (which, in the case of a small ryokan, is likely to be raw eggs, raw fish and seaweed).
MY MOTHER LET ME STAY HOME FROM SCHOOL IN 1955 SO I COULD WATCH THEM SET OFF THE A-BOMB LIVE ON TV.
HOW WE SURVIVED THE APOCALYPSE
I remember Civil Defense. When I reported for kindergarten at St. Rose's School in Cleveland in 1953 the teacher gave me a dog tag. It had my name punched on it and my address and my blood type. Mine was O. which was pretty good, because that was the only thing Civil Defense stored, since everybody likes it.
At this very moment millions of American women are forming liasons in laundromats, tittering at Tupperware parties, laughing at their ex-lovers, leaving their husbands, getting fitted for diaphragms, deciding whether they had a vaginal orgasm or a clitoral orgasm, wondering if they should seduce the boss tonight or wait till next week, and examining their bodies themselves.
Looking for Mr. Tootsie Roll by Judith Crossner Haunting reconstruction of the last week in the life of a woman who astral-projects into the bedroom of The Four Tops. Trouble ensues when they wake up and force her to learn the steps to "I Can't Help Myself."
"California Sexual Services, may I help you?" An impeccably uniformed blonde receptionist appeared on my vidscreen. Behind her sleek head, a pair of pink android cherubs trumpeted the company jingle, "Satisfaction Is Our Most Important Product."
Record Snow Takes Fall in Texas—83 Pounds Bite Desert Dust
Authorities found the cocaine in 59 plastic bags wrapped in wet burlap. Narcotics Captain L. B. Alsup said the cocaine was apparently pulled from the water, probably the Houston ship channel, shortly before being nabbed and was probably brought to Houston by ship.
• Another abandoned vessel, the 42-foot Starship, was raided by watercops when the inordinate weight in the bow began sinking the yacht. Four tons of weed were found in the hold. • Biggest bust of all will go to San Diego prosecutors if they can prove eight men there conspired to import and distribute 120 tons.
• Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones has, for the second time, taken court action against former girlfriend Chrissie Shrimpton. Jagger is trying to halt publication by Shrimpton —who is the sister of actress/model Jean Shrimpton — of some "personal" letters he sent her some ten years ago.
• Chiang Ching, Mao Tse-tung's widow, was formerly China's biggest movie star and an idolized beauty. But the former Madame Mao is currently missing after her arrest for allegedly plotting to take over China after Mao's death. Official Chinese wall posters proclaim these days that Chiang Ching—once China's most powerful woman—is now public enemy number one for China's 800 million people.
According to a secret manual dug up by the Los Angeles journal Freedom, the IRS has not only laid out a plan to tax dealers, but intends such harassment to be one of the cornerstones of their audit program for the upcoming year. The secret documents are inhouse guidelines for IRS agents, not usually available to the public.
The occasion: the fourth annual Hookers' Ball, held at New York City's famous Copacabana, night-club-turned disco. The date: Valentine's Day. Leaning comfortably against the bar, the advertising manager of the Copa took note of the big turnout: "Well, it's no wonder.
RAMONES LEAVE HOME, by the Ramones (Sire 5A-7528). I like the kind of people who would make love to this record. Yes, it's fast! Yes, it's frantic! It gets in quick, takes its shot, smashes you with gut-wrenching riffs, stuns you with the wit and insensitivity of the lyrics and gets out fast!
DIRTY MOVIES: An Illustrated History of the Stag Film, 1915-1970, by Al Di Lauro and Gerald Rabkin (New York: Chelsea House, $15.00). Unlike most of its fellows, Dirty Movies, the latest film book to come down the publishing pike, at least has the advantage of covering a sleazy celluloid subgenre that has heretofore received but scant attention.
This dashing roadster is actually a Lincoln Continental. A new Lincoln Continental: engine, chassis and running gear. But it's not exactly stock. It's a Clenet Continental: outside, a superelegant Thirties touring car, but underneath it's got a 400-cubic-inch V-8 and air conditioning that any Ford dealer could deal with. Designed by Alain Clenet—a veteran of American Motors, Ford, GM and Toyota—the Continental is a limited edition of 250. It's $32,000, but it won't get lost in better parking lots, like your run-of-the-mill Mark V. Clenet Coach works, 495-F So. Fairview Ave., Santa Barbara. Ca. 93017.
Or your mind, or your body, for that matter. You'll always know with the personal Biorhythm Clock from the Edmund Scientific catalog. Scientists say that each of us actually has three life cycles: physical, emotional and intellectual, each with a different period—er, length. Sometimes you're up and sometimes you're down—in three vital areas. If your cycles are down you're having a "critical day," and you'd better watch your step. In Japan, bus drivers get to take their critical biorhythm days oft. Maybe you should too. And with Edmund's Biorhythm Clock you can throw away your slide rule, because you'll know why you're out of sync at a glance. At $29.95 postpaid, from Edmund Scientific, 555 Edscorp Bldg., Barrington, N.J. 08007.
Butcher's Block of the Gods
When it comes to the preparation of precious powders, there's no finer surface to do it on than the Hope diamond. Unfortunately, you can't. But you can have a chopping block worthy of Quetzalcoatl for your very own. Cut from precious Brazilian agate, this pellucid platform is hard as rock. In fact, it is rock; these striped silica crystals are cut from under volcanoes, where they grow in ancient gas pockets. The surface is smooth and hard as glass—but semilucid and beautiful. Just the things for when you feel the same. From $12.00 to $20.00, from Cancun Stones, P.O. Box 57, Woods ville, N.H. 03785.
You've probably seen these new foot maps showing where the heart, liver, stomach, eyes, ears and all the other parts of the body are. It's not that feet have all these features—but they do have nerves, and these are in constant radio contact with all vital organs. It's something like acupuncture. Rub your big toe, and your splitting headache goes away. Rub your heel, and your ulcer goes to sleep. Remember, everything you do is based on your feet. Keep them happy, and you'll be happier too. One way to keep these little pedestrians perky is with the Noppy exercise sandal—a soft rubber sole-stimulating shitkicker that makes every little step you take a step toward good health. The Noppy exercise sandal is available at health-food stores and shoe stores across the country for $8.95. Or write Birkenstock, Dept. HT, 517A Jacoby Street, San Rafael, Ca. 94901.
Art From Acid
Man has been etching with acid since about 1500, but Andy from North Hollywood didn't know anything about it when he started. He taught himself. And the results are some of the most meticulous and artful craftworks we've seen. The stash box/lighter represents about 400 hours work, and it was made as a wedding present. The lighter itself contains a hidden roach clip, coke spoon and hash pipe, ingeniously packaged. This set is not for sale, but Andy will sell fine roach clips and spoons that represent about 24 of his hours for $75 to $100. His lighters take so long to make that if he'll sell you one, you might have to wait in line. You can write the amazing Andy at 5645 Fair Ave., North Hollywood. Ca. 91601.
Vamp, short for vampire, used to be uptown slang for those who sucked on reefer; later it came to describe a certain sort of young lady, although we're not sure why. But we're pretty sure that Becky Wilson and Terry Richards, who edited "Vamp," play it both ways.