If the Bill of Rights were put to a vote today, I wouldn’t be surprised if the general public voted it down. Many people seem to be afraid to pay the price of freedom, which is toleration of some things they may dislike. Other people are dangerously apathetic, taking our constitutional rights for granted and assuming they will always be there.
Sorry about the focus, but we thought you should be the first to share in one import scam the narcs didn’t foil. More than 600 pounds of this top Mexican went through our compressor and were shipped out in neat plastic-wrapped bricks. Maybe our pickup truck will be in your neighborhood soon.—Name and address withheld I enjoyed your story on the “Federal Dope Rolling Factory” (High Times, September ’77) and thought you might like a whiff of what it’s like to smoke government grass.
Q: Much of the best dope comes from mountainous areas such as Mexico and Nepal. Is this just because mountains are safer, or does altitude favor potency? Would a low-pressure chamber to simulate altitude improve my homegrown? —Joe P., Walsingham, Mass.
The heartbreak of poor sex. It can be a real pain in the groin. But there is relief. There’s a little video set behind your eyeballs that can provide feelies directed by your own imagination and costarring the sex object(s) of your choice. It’s for free and it’s called fantasy.
What does Dr. Hunter S.Thompson have in common with L.A.P.D. Chief “Crazy Ed” Davis? They both read Police Chief magazine, the “Professional Voice of Law Enforcement,” published by the International Association of Police Chiefs. What a terrific magazine it is, too!
The problem of creating the ideal society has baffled religionists and social theorists for thousands of years. Of the many attempts that have been made, several have successfully fostered a harmonious life for their own members, isolated from the rest of humanity.
Keith Richard has been the Rolling Stones’ lead guitarist for the last 15 years and one of rock’s leading crusaders and criminals. His most recent brush with the law came in Toronto six months ago, when he was arrested for possession of heroin with intent to sell.
BOGOTA—The United States and Colombian governments will soon begin spraying this country’s marijuana fields with the deadly herbicide paraquat. Paraquat, used in Mexico to destroy opium poppies, does not kill cannabis, but it leaves a chemical film that is potentially hazardous to the smoker.
Moments before the Bogota office finished filing the story on the DEA’s plans to escalate the dope war, Latin Bureau Chief Andrew Demas received information that Venezuelan narcotics agents and army troops, with DEA assistance, began spraying herbicides and bullets on Venezuelan grass fields.
PANAMA city—An important cocaine pipeline has been severed by a series of raids here. A Colombian-dominated export cadre was hit, losing 145 pounds of cocaine and 13 of its members, including two U.S. citizens and two Panamanian Customs inspectors.
MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA—In a mysterious escape that has embarrassed authorities, Colombia’s leading cocaine exporter, Campo Elian Dominguez, aka Zolio Ramon Castro, busted out of the dreaded La Ladera prison, where he was doing 15 years for trafficking and homicide.
Rome—In an apparent countermove to the Italian Communist Party, which advocates the decriminalization of marijuana and lighter prison sentences for all drug cases, the ruling Christian Democrats are cracking down brutally on drug users as proof to voters of a tough, law -and - order administration.
KATMANDU, NEPAL—In the wake of massive landslides in the hashish-growing areas here, the Canadian government will supply 7,000 metric tons of potash to boost Nepal’s agricultural production. The muchneeded potash, which will be used to bolster hashish and food crop acreage, was financed by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) at a cost of $1.6 million.
Athens—Drug smuggling by United States Navy personnel stationed in Greece has touched off new waves of protest against the American military presence and has united Greek political parties in demanding the Sixth Fleet’s ouster from Greek ports.
Washington—While President Carter’s stand favoring decriminalization of marijuana has captured the headlines, the federal bureaucracy has been quietly circulating proposals and making decisions that will have long-reaching effects on government drug policies.
WASHINGTON—The CIA’s two decades of mind-control experiments code-named MK-ULTRA sometimes badly misfired and at other times had unexpectedly beneficial results, according to testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research.
Minnesota, one of the first states to decriminalize marijuana, enacted a law in April 1976 setting first-arrest penalties for people caught holding 1.5 ounces or less at a maximum $100 fine and participation in a drug education program. Since the law was passed, more than 2,000 people have been ordered to attend the drug education classes, and three have been sent through the procedure a second time for extra reinforcement.
London—The former head of the FBI here has been working as head of security for a punk record company located in Harlsden, High Times has learned. Alden McCray, who also worked as an operative of the CIA during his ten years at the American embassy, assumed the position with Lightning Records after retiring as’ a legal attaché back in 1975.
Autumnal madness, otherwise known as that time of year when law enforcement agencies go all-out to destroy the season’s harvest of marijuana, was in full mindboggling bloom these past few months. In this spirit, the rights of the accused and protective checks on police power were trampled.
Using paraquat and the outlawed Agent Orange herbicides, the Venezuelan Army began bombing pot plantations spread over 75 miles near the Colombian frontier. There have been reports of Venezuelan troops crossing the frontier, engaging in armed conflict with Colombian border guards.
Merle Haggard, composer/singer of the hard-hat hit single “Okie from Muskogee,” has changed his tune on pot. The song claims, “We don’t smoke no marijuana in Muskogee," but Haggard confesses in Country Style magazine he’s smoked a bit of the herb and wants to see it legalized.
Some might say that the most powerful red in Panama is its leader. General Omar Torrijos. But they are dead wrong. Long before f| Presidente, another, far mightier red messed with heads in Panama. Of course we speak of the legendary, elusive Panama Red marijuana.
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In 1958 I wanted to be an FBI informer. I was inspired by the hit TV show “I Led Three Lives,” wherein citizen-counterspy Herbert A. Philbrick risked his life, reputation and marriage every week to pose as a dedicated communist, while secretly telling the FBI everything.
Our man in Lebanon reports that hash farms are thriving despite civil war
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the closing days of the year 1128, the errant Knights Templar returned to Europe telling tales of the wondrous flora discovered in the Holy Land. These stories wooed innumerable men to mortgage their lands, leave their families and face the terrors of a long journey through inhospitable lands and fearsome seas to partake of Saladin’s delight.
The Three Laws of Robotics. (1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; (2) a robot must obey all commands given by a human being except in the event that such orders conflict with the First Law; and (3) a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Aaah... success at last. The heavy door of the wall safe glides open. An odd glow leaps seductively into the dark from inside the safe. My fingers tremble imperceptibly at the cool, eerie light; there is a tiny creaking at my back. Can someone be watching?
The early Sixties, which resembled nothing so much as the Fifties after a shower and shave, found commercial antidrug films in dwindling demand. It wasn’t until later, when the decade became The Sixties, that drug moves were first seen by the industry to constitute a film genre, rather than a temporary propaganda trend.
To dig this unnatural act, you have to picture Lord Buckley's “court”: a raunchy purple-painted strip bar in a shady section of L.A., circa 1950. It's 1 A.M. The last girl has just teased her way offstage, fans fluttering, clothes dragging.
A jolly good guide to the large land of ganja smokers, bhang drinkers, charas yogis, high holy hemp gurus, etcetera, indeed.
It all came about as a result of Doctor Hofmann’s experimenting about with what later turned out to be LSD. As this drug jumped from many hands to many mouths sparking the users to mystic inquest, many minds turned to India. Yes not too before long your four Beatle singing fellows and Mia Farrow moving picture stars were taking a great layman’s interest in India; a country which we humbly submit has fascinated Western philologists and other scholar fellows for centuries.
Ganesh Baba is the head of an order of Naga Babas. These Babas are dopesmoking devotees of Shiva often to be seen wandering naked in the countryside. Ganesh, whose name is taken from the elephant-headed god of the Hindu pantheon, is a Vedantic and Tantric scholar.
Firstly the wise smoker acquires a chillum pipe. If the smoker is wealthy as well as wise, a Benares alabaster chillum may be purchased at most Indian head shops. If not wealthy, a less expensive pipe will suffice. Now the smoker must seek a pebble for the pipe, a pebble big enough to prevent the cannabis from falling through the pipe and offering burning insult to the hand cupped below, yet a pebble not so shaped as to prevent the pipe from drawing easily.
Here is the difference between these three smoking and eating versions of Cannabis indica. Pay attention, and your mind will soon finish sorting them out. Ganja: Ganja comes from cultivated cannabis fields where the male plants have been destroyed to prevent pollination.
Cannabis indica first appears in the Vedas named as bhanga. In later jottings of wise fellows both medical and sacred it is christened vijaya, and in the Tantric works samyid. There are more than 50 synonyms for the grass in Sanskrit as well as dozens of Arabic names used by Indian Muslims as well as common chatternames in great profusion.
It’s only me home from the sea...Are you familiar with Western hymn “Barnacle Bill the Sailor”? Very moving by Jupiter, I feel. So about Shiva. Shiva is the Hindu deity chap who is both the source and the patron of ganja, bhang and the holy high that is resulting.
Westerners are often surprised to discover opium to be legal in some parts of India and obtainable from government shops. Today opium is taken mainly by rickshaw pullers, although the occasional sadhu will put a little in his chillum. Radical Indians argue that the drug is a bad thing as it stops working fellows from holding revolutions, and of course other Indians argue that is a good thing as it makes the hard task of survival as a rickshaw puller easier.
So would you like to hear about some Eastern sexual practices, curious reader folk with wrinkled foreheads? So you shall. So you shall will or nilly. We begin with the male and female Tantrikas and they begin by eating goalies, tasty pellets of bhang prescribed by Tantric ritual.
Kathmandu. Here one might have bliss accompanied by symptoms of spiritual ease without smokings and swallowings of resins and flowers and leaves and other fun substances. Here in this valley-city ringed by bloody big Himalayas wearing permanent hats of snow you can imagine being darned happy for a long time, especially when you see sky turning from pink to purple to orange at the drop of an evening.
How old is Benares? Don’t ask me you goose. It is as old as anyone can remember, and those who pretend to know say it is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Are you wiser? Called Benares or Varanasi or Kashi, it is India’s sacred city on the banks of the Ganges.
There are many ways to eat bhang. Almost all involve “pasting” the bhang leaves with a mortar and pestle. Milk and spices are added to the paste, there you have the 'basic building block of lunch, saints alive. Thandai: Mix a paste of bhang with iced milk and or yogurt and flavor to taste with any of thefollowing: almond essence, rose petal, rose water, nutmeg, poppy seeds, ginger, anise seeds, sandalwood essence, saffron, cloves, cardamom, pistachio, black pepper.
One sort of thing practiced by Shiva Babas that we don’t suggest you try is adding a little scorpion venom to your chillum. The Shiva Babas, many of whom live in cold caves, claim that the venom helps to arouse the inner psychic heat. They take some scorpion powder which has been dried in a hard little rock and scrape a few minute chips into the chillum.
Cannabis is first mentioned in Indian medical literature in the venerable Athra Veda dating from 1400 B.C. Don’t you wish you had been? Excuse me fellows, a joke. In the Veda it is called bhanga and assigned to one of the five herbal kingdoms, and it was used as were the other drugs of the “kingdom” to relieve anxiety.
uring its heyday, the Ike and Tina Turner Revue was the raunchiest show on the rock ’n’ roll circuit. Veteran bluesman Ike Turner, goateed and glum, methodically pumped the neck of his electric axe while raspy-voiced wife Tina clawed at the air, snarled licentious come-ons, caressed her mike with two extended fingers and writhed in convulsions of raw, surging ecstasy.
Colombian DAS narcotics agents, acting under increased U.S. pressure to stem the cocaine flow to the states, boarded up a modern coke kitchen near Vistahermosa, seizing 120 pounds of refined flake, two Aerocommander planes and an undisclosed number of suspects, including an American pilot.
Raids netting seven tons of pot in Rhode Island have catalyzed a major DEA investigation of an organization credited with using 200 international dealers, a massive transport fleet and connections in 18 states to import most of the East's marijuana supply.
Late-season importers are being caught in unusual numbers on Florida's East Coast. Miami narcs busted seven boats in a single weekend, running five of them down in high-speed chases in coastal basins. Casualties included: • 10,000 lbs: Murrell's ,lnlet, S.C., sailboat DeSiderata-D, no arrests.
If there's one account the Carter administration hasn't overdrawn yet, it's the one at the Federal Reserve Bank of Laughs. In fact, says George Q. Lewis, the Carter people haven't a goober's worth of a sense of humor. Lewis ought to know, for as the chief gagster of the 200-member Humor Societies of America, he's an expert on laughs.
The movement to prevent construction of nuclear power plants in America has become more popular than at any time in the last 20 years, turning into one of the most successful grassroots movements in American history. On April 30, 1977, the Clamshell Alliance began its occupation of the construction site of a nuclear power plant at Seabrook, New Hampshire.
A great leap forward in loudspeaker science has been patented and built for consumers in the Ohm F, by Ohm Acoustics Corporation of Brooklyn. An impressive number of hi-fi mags have called it the best available, but nary a woofer nor a tweeter does it contain.
Cocaine exists in two forms, one of which is legal, explained a DEA chemist testifying as an expert witness at a recent trial. The two compounds, levo-cocaine and dextro-cocaine, are mirror images of each other, just like right and left hands.
A long-haired, bearded and bespectacled hippie guru named Stephen Gaskin has led his flock of freak visionaries to the hills of Tennessee, where they live at harmony with nature in a barnyard utopia called the Farm. Gaskin’s visions have now been amplified electronically by the Tennessee Farm Band, a bunch of flock rockers who combine the West Coast acid sound of early Dead, Airplane, It’s a Beautiful Day and the Youngbloods with the southern boogie of the Allman Brothers.
AGENCY OF FEAR: OPIATES AND POLITICAL POWER IN AMERICA, by Edward Jay Epstein (New York: G. P. Putnam and Sons, $9.95). Who is Edward Jay Epstein? He holds a Harvard degree in political science and writes often for the New Yorker, Esquire, New York magazine and Irving Kristol’s conservative chic The Public Interest.
This is the dread Harley Davidson model SX250. It's the world’s finest track bike, the kind cowboys and cowgirls ride on the range, the one we’d all ride if there weren’t any roads. It climbs rocks rivers, even trees (not standing-up trees, lying-down trees).
kept their razor blades in pyramids, which kept the blades sharp for chopping up their Nilotic narcotics. Today, you too can keep your mirrors clean and razors keen in a nifty, ever-true, clay pyramid from Ancients, Inc., Department 950, 1000 Connecticut Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. Ancients say that the pyramid keeps cigarettes, tobacco, stereo needles, ginseng or water for your house plants as good as new when stored in its inner chamber. Marijuana, hashish, mushrooms and other naturally derived substances stored in this manner have been reported to yield increased potency and elevated levels of psychogenic perception. They get you high, too. Well worth $14.95 plus $1.50 shipping charge.
When you’re discussing Peruvian affairs, it’s pretty frustrating to have to weight your turn. So the Correct Count Company has come up with a solid brass coke scale that folds right into a leatherette case that looks just like a doctor’s black bag and contains a forceps. The case comes complete with weights of 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 gram, plus assorted milligram variations, none of them bigger than your small toenail and each one a poignant reminder of how little you get for your money no matter how much you spend. Anyway, spend $29.95 for this handsome, made-inIndia coke scale from Correct Count Company, 246 Mineola Boulevard, Mineola, N.Y. 11501.
In 1972 Rolling Stone magazine acclaimed a pipe made by Kivel Yankey as more original in design and stiffer in toking draw than any other pipe around. Today Kivel Yankey is still turning out his ceramic masterpipes as fast as he can bake them. They range in price from $14 apiece to $50 for the set of four pictured and are available in white, blue, yellow, green, brown and passionate purple. Allow a fourto six-week delay for your check to clear at Star Traveler, Box 33751, Phoenix, Ariz. 85067.
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If you’re too old for Pin the Tail on the Donkey and too young for canasta, too stoned for mah-jongg but not stoned enough for a group grope, then the Get Loose party game might be just the thing to take the chill off a cold winter night. Players move around the natural redwood game board according to the throw of a die and are instructed to perform such ridiculous activities as “Use Your Tongue Three Ways,” “Do Push-Ups Over Someone,” “Make Up a Mating Call,” “Orally Seduce Someone” and more, ad absurdum. If your inhibition gets the better of your sense of play, throw in a “Can’t Handle It!” card. The winner is the player who has thrown in the fewest cards, grinning grotesquely, brain in hand. $9.95 plus $1.50 postage and handling from Get Loose Inc., 13113 Table Rock Road, P.O. Box 3603, Central Point, Ore. 97502.
“High Style’’ spotlights the latest accouterments of the high life, including playthings, paraphernalia, instruments of pleasure, • gadgets for your work and for your home— anything that adds zest and style to your day. If you know of an item that should be reviewed in this department, please send it to the High Style editor.□
See these people? They're the High Times crew in Tinseltown. Clockwise from the upper left, Steve Becker, Steve Ostrow and Susan Coffey hobnob at Hugh Hefner's opulent L.A. mansion, spreading good will and God knows what else at a recent NORML bash.