A government that spies on its people considers them the enemy. They are not to be trusted. By stealth, deception and subterfuge, it will invade a citizen's sanctuary to learn what he or she thinks, says and does. Its action is then based on secret information not to be made public.
This last spring produced a fresh egg in the family, which warmed the frozen heart of grandfather Walt, and brought joy to uncle Donald, whose nephews now number Huey, Dewey, Louie and Doobie. —Flocked Up in Florida Your nostalgia editor ought to get hip to the present.
Q: On a recent Middle Eastern trip, an other traveler showed me a psychedelic plant called Syrian rue, but we couldn't find a native who had ever used it. Not knowing what part to try or whether to smoke, drink or eat it, we were afraid to experiment.
A question a lot of people ask me these days is, "Are women funnier than men?" Of course, the best reply to that is, "Only when they're having their periods"—a line I wish I thought of myself. Well, maybe it just wasn’t that time of the month... Another question a lot of people seem to have on their minds is, "Are women raunchier than men?"
James Jones, who gave us From Here to Eternity and The Thin Red Line, was a hard-drinking macho novelist who would get a few gourds of corn aboard and turn to his equally macho boon companions to say, “Whaddaya mean, you never had your cock sucked by a man?”
Larry Flynt’s Hustler magazine offered Linda Ronstadt and nine other celebs one million beans for a photo spread. The scandal sheets were soon awash with her purported response, "Why not?” Hustler then called her “in good faith,” according to a spokesperson.
RIOHACHA, COLOMBLA—Units of Colombia's National Police based in Riohacha, capital of Guajira Peninsula on the Caribbean coast, have found what is thought to be the biggest pot plantation ever captured. Over 1,000 acres of top grade dope were netted, as well as 250 kilos of cured grass ready for export and sacks of seed ready for the next sowing.
LIMA, PERU—The Peruvian government has instituted drastic new laws aimed at eradicating cocaine production and exportation. The new legislation will dish out sentences of 6 to 20 years for those caught manufacturing or selling cocaine or any other drug, as well as those who provide places, equipment or transport for drug traffic.
BOGOTA—Colombia's Foreign Minister Indalecio Liezano Aguirre, in an exclusive interview, said that his country is "studying the feasibility of legalizing this country's multibillion-dollar marijuana industry," and he hopes to soon initiate discussions with the U.S. in the near future over the possibility of marijuana for export.
Hawaiian National Guardsmen and police joined forces in a sweep through thousands of acres of pot fields in an attempt to uproot the island state’s marijuana economy. Governor George R. Ariyoshi decreed a state emergency after pointing out that marijuana is “the largest agricultural export” from the islands.
Although one young American woman has been released from her Bolivian jail cell, the U.S. State Department has been unable or unwilling to secure the release of some 32 remaining U.S. prisoners busted on drug-related charges. The Bolivian government has refused to deport the American prisoners, leaving them languishing in decrepit jails.
Dr. Peter Bourne breezed through his Senate confirmation hearing despite a string of rightwing detractors who testified against his nomination as director of the White House Office of Drug Abuse Policy. Bourne’s policies were called “bizarre” by one witness, and another called Bourne a “traitor” for attempting to turn Americans into “zombies” with drugs.
WASHINGTON—Wisconsin Governor Patrick J. Lucey has been confirmed by Congress as the new U.S. ambassador to Mexico. Owing to diplomatic niceties, Lucey has been reluctant to tip his hand on the policies he will follow in Mexico City, other than to affirm his support for whatever initiatives are undertaken by President Carter.
American smokers are turning over a new leaf. According to a recent poll, one in four Americans, the same percentage that smokes cigarettes. tried marijuana at least once. The latest Gallup survey of marijuana use in America shows that the percentage of the population that has tried the substance has doubled during the last four years.
SINALOA, MEXICO—The monsoon season in the Sierra Madres has brought the first phase of Operation Condor to a close. The equivalent of 7 tons of heroin and 28.063 tons of marijuana has been confiscated so far in the biggest dope conflict since the Opium Wars.
A secret State Department study of Operation Condor—the U.S. dope war in Mexico—seriously questions the effectiveness of the costly program and points out that several highly toxic herbicides were used to destroy pot fields. The federal report was written by Dr. Walter G. Gentner, a herbicide expert employed by the Agriculture Department who last year conducted the study for the State Department's coordinator for international narcotics matters.
United States Customs in Miami is scratching its head over what became of nearly 27 pounds of cocaine an audit claims is missing. At least 15 pounds of blow are unaccounted for and another 12 pounds may be missing. In addition, several million dollars in small quantities of cocaine and pot could not be found.
A dozen Bolivian Interpol officials have been zealously tracking down and arresting American cocaine smugglers in South America... in order to wipe out the competition. According to testimony before a congressional subcommittee investigating U.S. involvement in the controversial French-based police agency, the Interpol "dirty dozen" are themselves trafficking in cocaine and are using their authority to tighten their grip on the market.
Sheriff's officers in Key West, Florida, are infuriated and are packing heavier firepower after a group of alleged smugglers opened fire on a deputy in violation of an agreement not to shoot at each other. Sheriff William Freeman "asked them not to come down here armed."
The frequent appearance of Joanna Leary, wife of former LSD advocate Timothy Leary, as a government witness in drug prosecutions has led to speculation that she has been working undercover for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The good doctor tells all...about Carter, cocaine, adrenaline and the birth of Gonzo journalism
The first time I met Hunter Thompson was back in 1970, at the America’s Cup yacht race where Hunter had chartered a huge power yacht and was preparing to sail it full steam right into the middle of the race course. (This was shortly after his spectacular but unsuccessful run for the office of the sheriff of Aspen, Colorado, on a mescaline-eating “Capitalist Freak Power” ticket.) When I arrived on board the huge yacht, I found Thompson ensconced on the command deck, munching on a handful of psilocybin pills and regarding the consternation of the snooty Newport sailing establishment with amusement.
This year alone, over $4 million is being spent by the government on a variety of marijuana research projects. In the November '76 issue of High Times, we took an exclusive look at the only government-endorsed pot plantation in the U.S., located just off the campus of the University of Mississippi.
"First, close your eyes. Now, with your index fingers at the inner edge of your eyeballs, press in and toward the temples. Press until it's slightly painful and keep at it for about ten seconds." "Like this?" "That's right. Now what do you see?" "The darkness is disappearing.
Five desperate men, one beautiful woman—which was the killer?
The Damned of Danang
The Regrettable Incident at Airstrip Nine
A Curious Caravanserai
Beerstein’s Flying Circus
The Rains Came
Shortly before Saigon fell to the National Liberation Front of Vietnam in 1975, High Times correspondent Leslie Morrison found himself bottlenecked in Danang, where the course of the “Thai stick trail” had led him in search of an exclusive interview with the king of the G.I. pot smugglers.
High school’s over, but not for this kid. He’s going to parlay that ounce of weed into a year’s tuition and maybe a few dollars to take in a talkie with Betty and Veronica. Whether you’re in Harvard or in kindergarten, you can fail every test, but you’ll never flunk lunch if you smoke a well-balanced, nutritional meal—
As documented by government and private agencies you never dreamed were peeking.
Harry J. Murphy was very good at his job, which happened to be investigating people for the Central Intelligence Agency. If the CIA was considering you for a career position or a temporary assignment, they’d give your name to Murphy or one of his coworkers in the agency’s Office of Security.
On a slightly chill afternoon in 1867, Mile. Ellen Andree and M. Marcelin Besboutin sit on the terrace of the Café de Nouvelle-Athenes in the Place Pigalle. Mademoiselle, pale, petite, with pearl earrings and mousy bangs, has ordered une absinthe, a strong, anise-flavored apéritif.
Once upon a time, we were so poor that our mother told us to take the old cow and sell it. On our way to market we met a man who offered to take the cow in exchange for some magic beans. We took the beans home, and in the morning the garden was full of pot plants, some of them millions of miles high.
The ears of Atlanta are burning with the sound of Darryl Rhoades and the Hahavishnu Orchestra, the hot new 12-piece rock band whose southern-fried satire is crisp and delicious. Darryl’s topical humor has been compared to that of Lenny Bruce, the Fugs, the Mothers and the Tubes, but he’s more like Carter's dixie Doppelgänger.
With ten million American women swallowing one each day, the birth control pill remains the most popular medical contraceptive. New forms appear constantly in attempts to minimize the risks of blood clots and cancer, especially in tobacco smokers.
Indiana Senator Birch Bayh has introduced a Carter-backed bill to decriminalize marijuana and use the money saved to pay for more intense DEA action against smugglers. Bayh demanded that the federal drug agencies “get out of the business of making headlines” and concentrate on “major traffickers of high-risk drugs.”
The most prominent cafe on the Riviera strip at Cannes is called the Drugstore, although it dispenses only Pernod, coffee and the like. But is was a fitting center for the filmophiles who gathered to swap talk, egos and money, because this year’s Cannes festival revived that old celluloid star, the doper.
The opening of the Fantasy and Comic Arts Exhibition provided the perfect excuse for 200 of the comics industry’s heavies to pack the New York Comic Arts Gallery in midtown Manhattan recently. Luminaries from the comics world boozed and gabbed, mingling with artists such as Harvey Kurtzman, Ralph Reese, Spider Webb, Jeff Jones, Howard Chaykin and Bernie Wrightson.
Japan is speeding through its worst postwar amphetamine craze since the great Nipponese upper epidemic of 1954. A government white paper cited a 30-percent increase in amphetamine cases over a one-year period, reporting 11,000 busts and 18,000 sales of illegal stimulants last year.
Guy Henry Turner—hermit, stargazer and backwoods Georgia guru—is headed for the high history books as the oldest American ever popped for selling pot. An under-cover narc busted the 90-year-old toker for selling him the gigantic total of a half a joint.
A Virgin Islands inspector who normally goes after plants and bugs put the touch on two women trying to gain back-door access to the U.S. at St. Thomas—with 17½ pounds of coke in the false sides of their suitcasės. The bust, one of the biggest in recent months, was initiated through the good offices of the Department of Agriculture, not Customs.
A new crime study holds an unexpected bonus for the aimless graduate and unemployed...professional hints on how to make it in careers your guidance counselor didn't tell you about. Although not intended as a job counseling handbook, the study, entitled Crime Pays, explains in detail how millions of Americans are leading rewarding, creative lives in such fields as shoplifting, house burgling, pickpocketing and dope smuggling.
AFGHANISTAN AUSTRALIA AZORE ISLANDS BELGIUM CANADA COLOMBIA DENMARK ECUADOR ENGLAND FRANCE GERMANY HONG KONG ITALY MEXICO THE NETHERLANDS TURKEY USA High Times welcomes anonymous reports, but please be specific about the area, type, quantity and quality of dope referred to.
A shot rang out in the night. "There was only one assassin,” I said. “He acted alone....” It was really only a truck backfiring. I’ve been dining on this one for years. Gets a laugh almost every time. Why, then, has Hollywood consistently failed to exploit our assassination obsession with at least one top-drawer megahit since, shall we say, 1963?
GUTS, by John Cale (Island ILPS 9459). A list of song titles from this attempt at a “Best of John Cale” collection (“Guts,” “Mary Lou,” “Helen of Troy,” “Pablo Picasso," “Leaving It All Up to You,” “Fear Is a Man’s Best Friend,” “Gun,” “Dirtyass Rock ’n’ Roll,” “Heart-break Hotel”) should indicate one of two things: (1) Either you’ve heard everything on the album except the previously unreleased “Mary Lou,” a song which certainly confirms the partisan’s belief that John Cale is an instinctive, distinctive, rock ’n’ roll disciple of the church of churning bass salvation via idiosyncracy deluxe; or (2), if you’re lamentably unfamiliar with John Cale—man, myth and material—you should gather from this quickie nine-song introductory lesson the hardly disputable fact that John Cale is great!
Ceiling surfing is where it’s at! You get your motorized skateboard from Blacker and Kubie, Inc., of New York, for $295.95, and take off into the wild blue yonder, holding on for dear life with suede, padded-palm skateboarding gloves from Paragon, New York, at only $15.95.
If your local supplier's the sort who's always late for an important rendezvous and adds three ounces to four ounces and charges you for nine, you might think of presenting him or her with the Calculator-Wrist Watch. The watch provides time, date and second countdown, but what sets it apart from the typical timepiece is its nifty ability to add, subtract, divide and multiply.
The considerable public response to the first three parts of "Murder at Elaine's," our opiumtinged, literary-world thriller, has led us to ask author George R. Boz to prepare a double-sized fourth part, which for space reasons will appear here next month.