Most of the trouble in this world has been caused by folks who can’t mind their own business, because they have no business of their own to mind, any more than a smallpox virus has. Now your virus is an obligate cellular parasite, and my contention is that evil is quite literally a virus parasite occupying a certain brain area which we may term the RIGHT center.
To expand on your article on “The Scourge of the Caribbeat" [High Times, “National Weed,” August ’77], the secret cruise speed of the C.G.C. Dauntless is, at maximum, 18 knots. You may have trouble outrunning the .50-caliber machine guns, but the three-inch mount she carries is about as accurate as a slingshot when it comes to hitting a fast-moving vessel.
Q: I'm thinking of having a vasectomy, but I’ve been delaying it because of the nagging fear that I'll change my mind about having children someday and won't be able to. I know the operation isn’t always reversible. Would making a deposit in a sperm bank he a workable solution?
Time was, Lust and Gluttony were the first two deadly sins. Even today, the best things in life are illegal, immoral and fattening. Yes, the secret links between food and sex are intimate, indeed, the two being not so far apart in the geography of our psyches as Fort Worth and Dallas.
One day soon you will open your front door and find yourself staring down the long cold barrel of a member of the Blank Generation, his or her cheeks pierced with safety pins, head shaved. This youth is working its way through business school, madam.
Biofeedback has been around since the early Sixties without causing a single death or, some would tell you, a single cure. You'd think this record would qualify it as a cherished tool of modern medicine, but, perhaps because of overblown early publicity, M.D.'s have been slow to accept it.
James Grauerholz, William Burroughs' aide-de-camp and charge d'affaires, says a report in this column on the death of Jacques Stern de Rothschild's Automotique, which is producing the movie version of Burroughs' Junkie, was greatly exaggerated.
NEW YORK—A six-month High Times investigation into the alleged assassination of Colombian DEA Chief Octavio Gonzalez has revealed a DEA cover-up of the events surrounding the death in Bogota in December 1976. (See “HighWitness News,” March '77.) The DEA claimed that Thomas Cole, an alleged free-lance cocaine informant working South America’s Gringo Trail, walked into DEA offices in Bogota, fatally shot Gonzalez with a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson, trashed the offices and then committed suicide.
LA VICTORIA, COLOMBIA —Several carloads of heavily armed cocaine exporters, responding to a kitchen bust on the El Reflejo cattle farm, blasted their way into a municipal court building here, overpowered four policemen and escaped with 169 pounds of pure cocaine that had been seized two days earlier.
TORONTO—Over 4,000 people jammed Nathan Phillips Square here to mark the beginning of NORML-Canada, already rocked by internal controversy over the sentencing of Robert Rowbotham to 14 years in prison for conspiring to import one ton of Lebanese hash.
Toronto’s street dealers welcomed the advent of NORML-Canada and promised moral and, possibly, financial support. Currently, Toronto dealers have an overstocked supply of Chitral hash from Kashmir selling at $130 an ounce. There is also an abundance of commercial Mexican laced with toxic chemicals from DEA sprayings in the Sinaloa and Sonora regions of northern Mexico.
Recently the maitre d’ and three waiters at the Palm, located in one of Washington’s rejuvenated high-life sections, were arrested on coke charges. News of the bust, circulated among the political and professional elite, has shocked the restaurant’s well-placed patrons.
Twelve congressmen and their wives, including “a candidate for junketeer of the year” have gone on a tour of South America to probe cocaine traffic. Though the intent of the fact-finding force, according to New York Representative Lester Wolff, is to “investigate cocaine trafficking,” the trip includes Argentina, Brazil, Panama and Chile, all areas with virtually no cocaine problem.
Washington—One of the more bizarre drug escapades revealed by the CIA during the recent congressional hearings concerned a letter dated November 29, 1949, and addressed “Dear Bill.” The memo describes a number of ways to kill a person without leaving a trace as to cause of death.
Thirty-five persons who thought they had nothing left to hide were proven wrong recently when one of the members of their nudist colony turned out to be a narc. The policeman had posed as a nudist for three months before a bust force swept the camp, about 20 miles north of Tampa, seizing marijuana, ups and downs.
Many of the CIA’s documented accounts of human guinea pig experimentation with heavy-duty drugs read like a Fifties sci-fi thriller. In one, a New York hooker named Maggie Scarf was hired by a CIA agent named Arp to administer LSD to an unsuspecting dupe, “to study human behavior.”
Committee Chairman Lester Wolff said he and his colleagues were impressed with the leadership of Colombian President Alfonso Lopez Michelsen in efforts to combat marijuana and cocaine trafficking. Either Wolff's tongue was in his cheek or no one told the congressman just how the Lopez election campaign was financed.
LONDON—A three-judge High Court here reversed an Appeals Court decision that effectively legalized marijuana "shake" in Britain. The High Court ruling stated that marijuana's active ingredient, THC, was found "lurking" in the stems and leaves, and therefore possession of any part of the cannabis plant could be considered a criminal offense.
The past two years have seen the rapid decline of the once-thriving commercial Mexican marijuana trade. Although exporters still deal in the more exotic Acapulco area grades, many of Mexico’s dealers have set up shop in South America, where still-fertile lands produce what has now become the world’s most sought-after pot.
BOGOTA, Colombia—The hashish industry here has boomed into a multimillion dollar export business, with growers and dealers reaping profits unheard of a year ago. At least 50 tons of Chicle hash, grown in the fertile Llanos flatlands of southeastern Colombia, will be produced this year, according to sources close to the growers.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Nearly 50 bullet-ridden bodies have been strewn throughout this city in an open war among rival cocaine lords, the government secret police and the Death Squad, an ad hoc organization of cops said to be responsible for liquidating political delinquents.
Three West German businessmen have launched a venture aimed at recovering $212.5 million in diamonds that sank along with the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic. The fabulous treasure of uncut polished diamonds, believed to be in 29 leather pouches somewhere in the Titanic's strongroom, were entrusted to the British vessel by Belgian and Dutch diamond firms whose sole right to salvage the gems ran out decades ago.
Seniór White House drug advisor Dr. Peter Bourne has instigated a $30,000 government inquiry into the effects of commercial Mexican marijuana treated with the lethal herbicide paraquat. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)-sponsored study was initially sparked by lobbying efforts of NORML director Keith Stroup.
LA PAZ, Bolivia—Stretching for a quarter-mile down the dusty cobbles of Callé Jose M. Linares squat 20 of Bolivia’s witches, who will sell you everything from a love charm to a dried llama fetus guaranteed to ward off your enemies and ensure good fortune.
The data-processing machine’s awesome potential comes from its tie-in with a huge computer bank center, where billions of bits of information are stored, courtesy of the FBI, Interpol and other agencies cooperating with Customs. But the most fearsome asset of the “beast” (see “HighWitness News,” December ’76) is speed, its almost instantaneous personal profile readouts.
MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA—Forty hours before First Lady Rosalynn Carter arrived in Bogota for discussions on Americans in Colombian prisons, a U.S. inmate was killed by Colombian police a short distance from the Bella Vista Carcel in the heart of Medellin.
Washington—Under relentless pressure from critics, most of it behind the scenes, the proposed plan for a merger of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the FBI has been ignominiously scrapped, at least temporarily. “The picture now,” admits Con Dougherty, DEA public information officer, “is that there will probably not be a merger.”
Miami Customs, banking on another year as the world's most popular port of entry for illicit dope, is beefing its ranks, expanding its facilities and opening a new “select” search area. Termed “the snake pit” because of its snarled lines and irate travelers, the Miami Customs area has been notorious for long delays.
People who wish to fly airplanes undetected will soon be able to purchase a device that scrambles radar and allows airplanes to bypass the snoop screens without showing up. The invention was reportedly used in the Israeli raid on Entebbe Airport in Uganda to free imprisoned hostages.
Three men arrested last year for possession of 5,000 pounds of marijuana were sentenced to three years in jail in Miami recently. One of the three, chic Eder, once on the cover of New York magazine as a dope journalist, was revealed in court as a government informer.
Trouble is brewing between pot farmers and Indians over the lush growing lands on the Caribbean coast. Tribes that have lived in the lush jungle lowlands from Cartagena to Point Gallinas since pre-Incan times are complaining that marijuana growers are taking the best land, scaring game and acting barbarian.
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA—Dixie dopers report varying degrees of success—and failure— with a new method of pot consumption: encapsulated marijuana. Heads are packing number-one-sized gelatin capsules with well-manicured grass and popping the pot pills for effects similar to those experienced in hash eating.
Snortin' coke and tellin' jokes: the streetwise style of TV's hottest comic
Nigger is a word that, when repeated incessantly (nigger nigger nigger nigger nigger nigger...), quickly loses any meaning it might have had, eventually causing your teeth to fall out. Nigger is Richard Pryor’s favorite word. He uses it incessantly in his routines to mean anyone black, anyone hip or just anyone.
A Thai stick is a five-inch-long bud of golden marijuana from Thailand, bound around a bamboo shoot with wire-thin twine to hold its natural shape and seal in flavor and goodness. Since the U.S. lost its foothold in Southeast Asia, genuine Thai sticks have been as rare here as Havana cigars and just as eagerly sought after.
As faithful readers will undoubtedly recall, our story opens with a blackout at Elaine's, the celebrated literary media powerhouse hangout. As the luminaries flee in the dark, one-time media tycoon Walter Foster is found shot dead under what once had been his personal reserved table.
Our man in South America reports on the wild flake: Bolivia on five grams a day
Although marijuana had been smoked openly during Mrs. Carter's seven-nation Latin tour, it had taken a back seat to cocaine. Cocaine was the drug of discussion: $1.5 billion worth of marijuana exported from Colombia in 1977 as compared to $5 billion worth of cocaine, more cocaine kitchens to be built to handle the coca pipeline from Bolivia to Peru, huge payoffs to government officials to secure the unhindered flow of cocaine to U.S. noses and increased street prices both here and abroad to absorb the soaring cost of subsidizing police.
Clandestine shortwave for smugglers and other ether bandits
The year was 1957 and I was 11 years old, lying in my dark room past midnight, carefully tuning the dial of an ancient, decrepit shortwave radio receiver under my bed, straining to listen through the blackness and the static with the volume turned low so my parents wouldn't hear. I knew nothing of megahertz (MHz) or single-sideband or dipole antennas—only that if I plugged in the box and waited for the vacuum tubes to begin glowing, a cacophony of screeches, whistles and roars-and sometimes a human voice muttering foreign gibberish—came out.
AT FIRST IT SEEMED LIKE JUST ANOTHER FAD— THEN WORLD LEADERS REALIZED IT WAS TOO LATE.
Was Son of Sam the ultimate rock critic? When he loaded his machine gun to strafe that discotheque in Long Island, was he preparing to make a statement? To drown out with the rat-tat-tat of his deadly weapon the brazen new Beat for the Feet? We'll never know—unless the New York D.A. subpoenas that 6,000-year-old dog that was giving Sam his orders.
It was a little after 3 A.M. when the front manager pointed to a shaggy head of hair on top of a light pin-striped suit and told me, “That’s Mick Jagger over there. Make sure no one bothers him. Tell them Jagger wants to be alone tonight.” I walked over slowly, working to wipe an excited grin from my face.
The High Times Top 40 is the Fortune 500 of dope. This guide to the most potent, precious and prettiest crops of 1977 shows exactly the kind of things grass gourmets look for when they inspect fresh stash—which they do, by the way, and in a good light, before even thinking about smoking it!
Happy birthday, Baby Jesus! Let’s see, how old are you this year? 1977, give or take a few? That’s pretty old, but we haven’t forgotten. This year we’re going to honor you even more than ever before. We’re going to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on microwave ovens, snowmobiles, Fonz dolls and other tokens of our love for one another.
Photographic proof positive that America goes mad over Xmas.
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THE BEST DECORATION OF ALL
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`TIS BETTER TO GIVE...
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IS THIS THE REAL SANTA?
MOMMY! THAT MONSTER ATE MY PRESENT!
WE COULDN'T AFFORD A REAL TREE SO WE BOILED DOWN RUDOLPH...
BITING THE HAND THAT BLESSED HIM...
This human Xmas tree was formed by 90 churchgoers in Wichita, Kansas. Unfor tunately, when they started to climb down, the 30-foot structure tipped over and 25 had to be hospitalized. This is Italian starlet Patrizia Funari's way of saying "Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year" to you, her many fans.
France and England may go down with the Concorde. The Arabs may have a strangle hold on the USA. But Christmas has everybody by the balls. The entire retail establishment rises and falls on the ticker-tape of Xmas goodwill towards men. When America is feeling merry, retail sales rocket to approximately 60 billion dollars per month.
High Times: There have been a lot of rumors of strange goings on at the North Pole. Flying saucers and such things. Santa: Well, I myself have never seen a flying saucer, but my sleigh is constantly being taken for a UFO. I’ve been chased by fighters, potshots with nuclear warheads and heat-seeking missiles.
Now that there are several “physically correct” male dolls on the market, you can really start playing around. Nothing is left to the imagination when today’s boy and girl dolls strip down for action. On the right we see the plastic version of Archie Bunker’s grandson, Joey Stivic, receiving some occupational therapy from the nubile Suntan Tuesday Taylor, a doll that is capable of getting a Copper-tone tan in less minutes than you can microwave a grilled cheese sandwich.
Most of my life it's been boo, booze and blow. I didn't get into trips until I was 42, in 1957, when a friend of mine in Santa Fe introduced me to peyote. A Taos Indian had given a dozen peyote buttons to each of several persons in Santa Fe's art colony. One of them a serigrapher who did realistic still lifes of mushrooms, had been waiting for me to arrive and trip with him.
How John Lennon's favorite street singer became America's marijuana minstrel
I can’t stand it anymore!” screamed Chuck Berry, running offstage in disgust halfway through a set hacked by East Coast street troubadour David Peel and his ragtag band, during a concert in Asbury Park, New Jersey. "David Peel is the only friend I know whose subconscious craziness is on par with mine,” said the late Jim Morrison of the Doors, who recorded on the same label that released Peel's first two albums, Have a Marijuana and The American Revolution.
The members of the Till Eulenspiegel Society (TES), the official name of the Sado/ Masochists Liberation Front, have a problem. It seems there's a nationwide shortage of sincere female sadists. At least that's what the group's hard core leadership gripes about over breakfast in Manhattan's Country Kitchen restaurant, where they hang out after their meetings.
"Loose joints, loose joints, 'lumbo, ganja and Acapulco Gold," they yell, baying their produce like South Street fish merchants. They are the loose joint vendors, the nickle/ dime/dollar marketeers at parks, concerts and street corners in every major city.
ATLANTA—"Higher than a Georgia pine” accurately describes the aspirations of former state Representative James West, whose first independent film effort, Polk County Pot Plane, premiered here. For four years he had dreamed of producing and directing a film on the local moonshine industry.
It's been difficult to buy Con Ed's official alibi on New York's long blackout of last summer. Could it be true that America's heaviest dealer in electricity didn't bother to install a ten-cent lightning rod? Perhaps, but a group of concerned citizens recently issued a private report on the 27-hour power failure.
High in the Andes Mountains of Peru, where the finest coca leaves in the world are cultivated, descendants of proud Inca warriors have devised a cruel and symbolic way of gaining revenge on their colonial conquerors from Spain. Every July 28, Peru's Independence Day, several villages stage bloody fights between fierce bulls and condors— giant vultures that can weigh up to 65 pounds.
NEW STRAITSVILLE, OHIO—Bill Hoy, the last of the great Ohio bootleggers, sat like a wizened old toad on a tin chair in his garage. He was in an ornery mood. "How comes you didn't bring me no whiskey?" he demands. "That reporter from the Cleveland paper did."
So widespread is the boom in homegrown pot farming that Appalachia's moonshiners are forsaking corn-mash for cannabis. Revenuers in the southern mountains are finding fewer stills and more pot patches than ever before as they comb the hills and hollows of backwoods America.
The DEA has tied two Miami busts to what it calls the largest cocaine distribution ring in the world—a group believed to be behind more than 400 pounds of flake seized in Panama and the U.S. in the last two years. In the most recent bust, D-men grabbed 11 pounds and arrested four men at two Miami hotels late in the summer.
Narcs from Newport to Nova Scotia are shaking their heads over a Jamaican mystery ship trailed from Santa Marta, but found with nary a seed or stem of boo onboard when the Coast Guard searched her in Rhode Island coastal waters. Eleven Colombian crewmen, deserted by their captain, were found on the 99-ton Dorchester, anchored in Narragansett Bay, near Newport.
Seasonal changes have slowed the growing season in South America, but things are booming north of the border. The American farmer has found a new cash crop, profitable even without grain swindles with the commies. Unfortunately, narcs and sheriff's deputies harvested with a vengeance this fall: 17.000 lbs: Bellsville, Ind., farm, 2 arrests.
Pies have once again taken the place of bullets in the new Seventies style of political assassination. Ohio Governor james A. Rhodes was the target of a well-aimed banana cream missile, expertly tossed from a distance of five feet by yippie Steve Conliff.
Now, for the price of a postage stamp, you can read what the agency of your choice-DEA, IRS, INS, even Interpol-has compiled on you. The FOIA, Freedom of Information Act, enacted into law in 1969 and amended in 1974, is designed to allow any citizen access to the government files being kept on him or her.
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.
Roger Davis has become the second prisoner of weed to be released because his sentence—40 years and $20,000 for nine ounces—violated the Eighth Amendment’s rule against cruel and unusual punishments. Davis, a black community leader in rural Wytheville, Virginia, was grabbed and put away three years ago amid a local atmosphere of antidrug hysteria and racial tension.
Three videodisc systems and at least four TV cassette machines are vying for this new home viewing market, with Sony’s Betamax taking an early lead in the sweepstakes. Listing at $1,300, the Sony entry offers cassettes with a two-hour capacity and a system that can not only play prerecorded programs, but also tape network programs and make home movies.
"I don't need anyone / Don’t need no mom and dad/Don't need no good advice/ Don't need no human rights/I got some news for you/Don't even need you too,” screams Stiv Bators, human time bomb and lead singer for the Dead Boys, as he hits himself with the mike stand and spits up phlegm on the newly renovated stage of New York's CBGB's.
At last, a sensible guide to growing sinsemilla! Sinsemilla, of course, is the legendary seedless weed that grows as high as an elephant’s eye and takes its smokers considerably farther along than that. Much has been written, spoken, published, thought and believed about the proper method of its cultivation, but nothing quite so practical as Caretaking the Wild Sinsemilla, by A. Seed ($2.95 from Adam Seed Publications, Box 794, Healdsburg, Ca. 95448).
This is the finest sound system ever designed...unless you want a satellite, which is optional from NASA for about $6 million plus tax
You've thought about it, dreamed about it, lived for the day when you'd listen to it. And now here it is—the finest audio system ever designed. A marvel in engineering, a monument to technology, but in every respect a work of art: turntable by Linn Sondek, LP 12, $450, with Infinity Black Widow tone arm, $200, and Dynavektor cartridge 20B, $219; Van Alstine Double 400 amplifier, $1,200; TEAC Tascam series 25-2 reel-to-reel, $1,995; Nakamichi 1000 II cassette player, $1,500; Luxman 5T50 pulse tuner, $1,495; Luxman 5E24 power indicator, $295.
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High Times Chief Correspondent A.Craig Copetas wrote his nose-witness report of the “Coca Fields of Bolivia” when he returned from his trip south with First Lady Rosalynn Carter, whose friendship tour of banana republics Copetas accompanied on Air Force Two.