The editors of this magazine do not often presume to stir our readers up to rash, hasty, ill-conceived actions. Our readers are perfectly capable of stirring themselves up and often do, and we are perfectly capable of staying home, getting drunk and watching you on television.
I’ve been really bummed out by the sexual come-ons in many of your ads. What’s happened to your high-flying ideals about representing an elevated consciousness? Just so much hot air? Really, if I want tits ’n’ ass, I’ll go buy a copy of Hustler or some such garbage.
Q: What are these holograms I hear so much about? Are they anything like the holy cards my Catholic friends used to get from their priests? —Harvey Levitt, Chicago, III. A: No Popery here. Holograms are made with lasers, which produce a special illumination called coherent light—all the light waves are the same size (color) and travel “in step” with each other.
MANHATTAN - You hear it everywhere. In Boston, in Miami, in San Francisco and New York—wherever there are bars with ferns hanging in the window—the taverns are clogged with hungry-looking women on the pill, dressed to kill, hot to trot and wondering where their next fuck is coming from.
People at all times and in all societies have acknowledged music as the highest form of art, without which life would be a humdrum affair. The soaring of violins like a flock of larks above a field of ripe wheat. The plaintive note of the oboe swaying like a cornfield in the evening breeze.
The Sixties event of the Seventies some called it, and there certainly were a lot of decade-old roots in the tangle of guests at Stu Albert and Judy Gumbo’s wedding. The author/activists tied the nuptial knot on May Day in Woodstock, surrounded by movement survivors.
KINGSTON BY LAND TO NEGRIL, JAMAICA—This fledgling island nation of 2.5 million people will soon become the first Third World country to decriminalize marijuana, according to government sources. And if Dr. Percival Broderick, who is sponsoring the decrim bill, has his way, the holy herb of the Rastafarians and millions of tourists that flock to Jamaica will be legalized by the end of the decade.
The man accused of the role in the Sixties. most destructive antiwar deed and of stealing a plane on New Year's Eve 1970 to drop ammo-packed mayonnaise jarson a Baraboo, Wisconsin, defense plant, was described as "a decent kid" by his landlord, friends and employer.
Ottawa—Canada may liberalize its pot laws later this year, according to many observers. Details of the expected legislation have not been made public, but several Canadian officials have recently made unusually liberal references to dope laws, and one federal cabinet minister, who is in a key position to influence any change, has publicly favored legalizing possession.
Noted author-researcher Andrew Weil has recommended American chewing-gum manufacturers introduce coca chewing gum. Weil points out in an article in the Journal of Psychedelic Drugs that coca leaves have been chewed in South America for centuries with no.
A right-wing intelligence network has been infiltrating liberal and radical groups in this country for almost ten years. The network has ties to the John Birch Society, Georgia Congressman Larry McDonald, the Church League of America and other fiercely conservative groups.
A move to disbar an Oregon attorney threatens to expose scores of pothead lawyers. Robin Orahood has subpoenaed 50 lawyers, including district attorneys, judges and noted civil lawyers, who he claims have smoked pot to testify in his defense at disbarment proceedings.
At first the White House had no comment on the statement other than that the director-designate of the Office of Drug Abuse Policy had meant to say the cocaine policy would be “examined—not reexamined” at a later date. But when the transcript of Bourne's testimony was read before the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, Bourne's administrative assistant.
Can American democracy tolerate the creation of a union for Gls? As bizarre as this question may seem to the average citizen, it’s about to burst upon the national scene. It’s another story in the classic David and Goliath mold. On Capitol Hill, for example, Senators Stennis and Thurmond are leading the fight to keep the boys in the barracks polishing brass, rather than walking the picket line.
MGM studio execs have declared war against, of all people, the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. In heated correspondence to the producers of the upcoming film The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers in Gone With the Weed—An American Classic, based on the characters created by cartoonist Gilbert Shelton, lawyers for MGM say they are “forced to take all steps necessary to protect the right of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., in the title Gone With the Wind."
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has instructed its field agents to be on the lookout for a bizarre arsenal of new weapons and techniques employed by smugglers. Some of the new smuggling methods include: • dope hidden between double sides of cardboard boxes • dope hidden in hollowed-out wooden coat hangers • cocaine dissolved in commercial alcoholic beverages • dope sealed in tuna cans • dope placed in hollowed-out golf-club shafts • cocaine-alcohol solution applied to fabrics DEA headquarters has also instructed field agents to be wary of new weapons.
An investigation by High Times into the huge number of deadly fires caused by burning cigarettes has found that tobacco companies are adding chemicals to make cigarettes burn longer, faster and harder—in fact, burning about 3,000 people to death each year.
Narcs are everywhere. Little is known about their methods because narcs don’t talk about their work, which consists of making other people talk to them. For some reason, a senior narcotics officer recently decided to tell it all to High Times.
THE GREAT DEBATE: YOU can't improve on nature—or can you?
IN FAVOR OF NATURAL DRUGS
IN FAVOR OF SYNTHESIZED BIO-CHEMICAL MIND-CHANGERS Bruce Eisner
REPLY TO BRUCE EISNER Andrew WeiI
REPLY TO ANDREW WEIL Bruce Eisner
The longer I consider drugs, the more I am convinced that we are better off learning to use natural plant drugs than pure chemicals derived from them. I get flak about my belief from pharmacologists and medical doctors who say there is no important difference between a psychoactive plant and its active principle and from some users who say they get better highs from refined chemicals.
Much of the precious lifeblood of High Society is brought into this country on the high seas. Waterborne smugglers have used everything from 300-foot freighters (one was caught last year with 80 tons of marijuana aboard) to one-person dinghies propelled by paddles.
Never trust a goddamn opium dream. Really. There’s nothing more seductive, nothing more treacherous. I know I never could’ve been so easily sucked into the whole treacherous Elaine’s murder business if I hadn’t been locked in an erotic opium dream with tigerish Helena Landless just moments before Lilah knocked and the beast broke down my door.
Polish up the old brass band, spike the punch and flag! It’s springtime, and the 201st annual Fourth of July Smoke-In is at hand again! This year’s smoke-in will feature fireworks, parades, speeches and a gigantic nonesuch. The ladies will shout and the men will cry as hundreds of thousands of dopers get high, through the rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air, the star-spangled Smoke-In soon will be here.
Michael Brody was stoned as hell, and he wouldn’t take it anymore. He had the money and was determined to run, to become famous, a rock star, even if it broke and killed him. By those two standards he was an amazing success. He was famous, not so long ago.
Why don’t ants drown when it rains? I asked my Uncle George this question and he just shook his head, embarrassed at our kinship. George’s problem is that he’s obsessed with the really important mysteries: the Meaning of Life, the Nature of Reality and the Secrets of the Pyramids.
According to a recent film popularity poll, Sissy Spacek is the promising young actress three-out-of-five American male moviegoers would most like to be shipwrecked on a desert island with. Women, too, find her performances haunting, enigmatic, adjective.
Life in the test tube came a step closer to reality as biochemists mapped the chemistry of genes in one of the simplest life forms. A Cambridge, England, research team wrote out the structure of the entire DNA molecule for the nine genes of the virus Phi-x-174.
A New Jersey attorney is goading the federal bureaucracy to put some realism in the cocaine laws. If the move is successful, coke would be transferred from Schedule II to Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act, reducing the maximum jail term from 15 to 5 years.
Two former officials of the Chemical Bank, one of New York’s largest, have pleaded guilty to complicity in an $8.5 million cash laundering scheme for dope dealers. Twenty-five of the bank’s Bronx employees were fired in the scandal, including a Chemical vice-president who had worked for the bank for almost 20 years.
Not even Pepper, the snow-sniffing canine, could find the owners of 17 pounds of uncut cocaine on board the banana boat Frigora docked in Miami. Customs agents watched and waited a week after they found packets of coke bearing a cartoon of a smiling Latin soccer player, with “Sports League” emblazoned on them in Spanish.
Bales of primo smoke are rolling in with the tide in an area of Florida quickly becoming known as the “Florida Kilos.” In the first two months of 1977 over 76,000 pounds of floating dope has been confiscated in the crystalline waters of Monroe County.
ATLANTA—“I sold a pound to a cop today,” beamed Paul Cornwell of International Marijuana Wholesalers & Distributors,only weeks after opening for business in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. While few people in the marijuana industry today can make such a statement without locking and bolting the front door three times behind them, the young head of IMWD has nothing to fear from the reprisal of warrant-bearing narcs in the night.
If you walked in these regions barefoot, like Big-foot, no one would see you either. Some mushroom will sprout every year (vegetarianism common here). Plentiful crop in good seasons-seek and ye shall find. Rare-membership in the local mycological society could be enlightening.
Mexican Indians call them the “flesh of the gods.” They have been found, eaten and smoked from South America to Canada, Indonesia to Israel, in either direction around the globe. They are mushrooms of the genus Psilocybe. To some cultures they are sacred.
After years of puzzling over mysterious saucer-shaped vehicles flitting about the skies, earthlings are about to build their own. Recent discoveries about the nature of gravity as it is affected by mass in motion portend new energy sources that soon could power fleets of disk-shaped vehicles capable of traveling at close to the speed of light.
High Times welcomes anonymous reports, but please be specific about the area, type, quantity and quality of dope referred to. If you are aware of other prices or have other relevant information or suggestions, please send them in. The THMQ is intended solely for comparative purposes and in no way is meant as an inducement to illegal activity, or as an endorsement of dope usage or trafficking, or as an endorsement of any particular dope.
Yet another Fifties sci-fi idea is now being taken seriously, as Mariner 11 and 12 scientists plan to look for balloonlike people on Jupiter. Space probers Carl Sagan and E. E. Salpeter say the giant planet’s thick atmosphere may harbor huge blimpfolk that live on smaller organisms and move by pumping out helium.
WILDFLOWERS, The New York Loft azz Sessions (Douglas NBLP 7045-49). The lofts of downtown Manhattan are to the jazz of the Seventies what the London and Hamburg clubs were to the rock of the Sixties: that vital, that much fun and that prophetic.
THE BOTANY AND ECOLOGY OF CANNABIS, by Robert Connell Clarke (Ben Lomond, Ca.: Pods Press, Box 1158, Ben Lomond, Ca. 95005, 64 pages, private edition.) Even the most exciting subject can make pretty dense reading when the tech nical details start to pile up.
Rod is a handsome, husky, blue-eyed blond who looks like he walked out of Beach Blanket Bingo.His tan can only be described as terminal. A native Floridian, he's spent a lot of time as a life guard and admits he's experimented with many tanning products.
Picture jasper is a hard, semiprecious stone—which, as everyone knows, means that it's not precious at all. However, it is as pretty as a silver dollar lying on the railroad tracks, when it's set in a ring or brooch by Heidi of Jasper Lady, 141 East Twenty-ninth St., New York, N.Y. 10016.
Jim Hougan, who is best known for his articles in Playboy, Oui, and Nation, his Harper's cover stories on rent-a-spy agencies and political unrest in Haiti and his controversial book Decadence: Radical Nostalgia, Narcissism and Decline in the Seventies (Morrow), comes out of the closet as an “Ionized Air" inhaler in this issue of High Times.