The question is not whether marijuana will be legalized. Everyone knows it will. The only question is when, and more importantly, how? Dealers and smugglers are naturally very concerned about this. We don't want to go to jail, thus we want the law changed.
To anyone who dares say High Times isn't about dope any more, I say look at the fantastic January '78 issue. What a way to kick off the new year—a dazzling cocaine centerfold and a tantalizing Panama Red pictorial! Congratulations on going white and red at the same time.
I found this mutation in my Thai-Colombian cross-strain. The stem is flat and striated, and the head is bigger than my fist. Southern Indiana grows the best sinsemilla! —Name and address withheld Sticks and stones may break your bones, but these sticks just bend your mind.
Q. A "health nut" friend of mine who saw I was starting to get a few wrinkles said I should try to score some vitamin B15. If there really is such a thing, will it help keep me young? —Bob Mannheim, Shasta, Tenn. A: A recently discovered nutrient, B15 is also called pangamic acid.
The hottest new talent in Stan Lee's Marvel Comics stable is Steve Gerber, who's caused the most excitement in comic fandom since Lee gave Spiderman his superpowers and an Oedipus complex. In the past three years, Gerber has given us a duck from another dimension who walks and talks like a human—Groucho Marx in particular—smokes cigars, lives with a buxom redhead and carries the weight of the world around on his shoulders...
John Draper, better known as Captain Crunch for his discovery that the toy whistle in the cereal box would make a pay phone work without a dime, was in town recently for his first summit conference with the top-secret TAP collective of clandestine circuit breakers, computer deprogrammers and electronics geniuses who've made the last ten years interesting if not difficult for the phone company.
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA—The three-year-old Latin dope war escalated to new and bloody heights during the closing months of 1977, with two U.S. marijuana farmers gunned down on their plantation a few miles outside of the coastal town of Santa Marta.
QUITO. Ecuador—Ecuadorean and Interpol narcotics agents have recently completed a series of unusually heavy cocaine busts throughout the country, picking up well over 50 kilos of refined and semirefined cocaine destined for North America and Europe.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has formed a special 15-man platoon to supervise the infiltration of marijuana-import groups working in Maine. High Times has learned. The DEA group, gathered under orders of DEA Director Peter Bensinger.
SANTIAGO—The cultivation of Chilean grass, once overshadowed by cocaine production, has become one of this country’s new boom industries, with enough acreage to sufficiently cover local needs as well as begin a small but thriving international trade.
MANILA, THE Philippines—The regime of President Ferdinand Marcos has formed a group of so-called Drug Defense Brigades to smash the use of marijuana here. High Times has learned. For years Marcos has considered marijuana use a threat to his government, which doles out life sentences for possession of the weed.
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MAUI—Everything’s back to normal on Hawaii’s lush Valley Isle, where the massive 10.000foot-wide crater Haleakala creates perfect weather for the cultivation of prime sinsemilla. The ragged scars left on the summer crop by extensive police and National Guard raids have been covered over by a fine fall harvest currently driving prices to highs of $4.000 a pound on the East Coast.
JACKSONVILLE, Florida—A boat stuffed with 25 tons of Colombian marijuana rammed into a fog-shrouded jetty here, caught fire and exploded, hurling a multi-ton shower of flaming marijuana in a 70-foot circle around the craft. The fishing boat Gilberto was heading north when it ran into trouble on the treacherous jetties.
For the first time, a body of federal nares posted throughout Latin America met in Florida recently to discuss the other side of drug law enforcement—the treatment and rehabilitation of drug users—with an all-star cast of Carter administration dope experts including White House drug advisor Peter Bourne, Dr. Robert L. DuPont, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Peter Bensinger, director of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and a cokesnorting canine cop named Pepper.
ANTIOQUIA. COLOMBIA—The biggest cocaine bust in history took place here recently when Colombian narcotics agents downed a DC-3 transport plane carrying 530 kilos of 100-percent pure cocaine. The cocaine was scheduled to arrive at a small farmhouse outside of town, where it was to be broken down into smaller lots and shipped north, according to sources here.
ATLANTA—Paul Cornwell, the mastermind behind International Marijuana Wholesalers and Distributors (IMWD), has begun producing a series of television commercials aimed at selling marijuana futures to be cashed in when legalization happens.
Information detailing the activities of a covert right-wing intelligence-gathering network that feeds data to federal police and drug agencies continues to surface, as two federal lawsuits against the alleged ringleaders move forward.
WASHINGTON—The Carter Justice Department has given a key Congressional committee leader a detailed explanation of why it supports the NORMLsponsored marijuana decriminalization bill. “Marihuana intoxication probably does not pose an immediate substantial threat to the individual user,” Assistant Attorney General Patricia Wald wrote Representative Harley Staggers, chairperson of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce.
Before he was finally arrested and convicted to ten years in prison three years ago (the sentence was subsequently overthrown by an appeals court), Marty Houltin made enough money flying marijuana to pay for the string of airplanes he owned and to cover his lease on the somewhat grandiloquently named Columbus Municipal Airport (New Mexico) and the improvements he made on it.
Of all the dope lands of the Western world, none can compare for color, action or legend with the Guajira Peninsula of Colombia. La Guajira is the Wild West and the Klondike of the Dope Game. A territory ruled entirely by outlaws, it is a shattering flashback to the machine-gun-swept Chicago of Prohibition.
The bugging blitz is not over. Four years of post-Watergate federal restrictions and state probes have not succeeded in squelching the snooping boom. On the contrary, security electronics is now one of the rare industries with a bright future.
High Times Picks 10 Most Important Pieces of Anti-Spy Gear
1. Dektor SM-401 Spectrum Monitor Application: Detection of radio transmitters of all types, including room bugs, telephone transmitters and body recorders. Source: Dektor Counterintelligence and Security, Inc., 5508 Port Royal Road, Springfield, Virginia 22151 Cost: $1,600 The little gem fits easily in a briefcase.
This article is an account of technical innovations in the marijuana importing and distributing industries that have developed over the past decades. Although this information has never before been made public, it is all common knowledge within the marijuana industry, the drug-law-enforcement establishment and the alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical companies that have commissioned think-tank studies of contemporary marijuana production and sales techniques with a view to cornering the pot market when it becomes legal.
In our society, the car is the ultimate status symbol. Some drive a Rolls-Royce, some drive a Chevy pickup. But the ultimate glamour vehicle for smugglers is the forklift truck, because why would you be driving a forklift if you didn’t need it to lift 500-pound bales of marijuana?
Wisdom well-stated remains valuable long after its author has turned stupid. In the case of Timothy Leary, a legacy remains that is still worth exhuming. In 1968, when Leary was still the High Priest of Acid and not yet a federal informer, he penned an article titled “Deal for Real,” setting forth brilliantly the ethics and spiritual rewards of righteous dope dealing.
Every smuggler dreams of one last perfect score before retiring
Once upon a time, there was this hip little smuggling ring out on the West Coast. These boys were really slick. They ran sailboats loaded with Oaxacan weed up to the Baja Peninsula. They moved duffel bags dropped by servicemen on islands in the Pacific.
What we are talking about here is the guts of any smuggling operation: the vehicle. Of course any successful dope run takes foresight, experience, cunning, chutzpa and greed on the part of the person behind the wheel, but all of these sterling personal qualities don’t count for shit if the vehicle—be it winged, wheeled or hulled—falters at a critical moment.
Lou Reed was in Melbourne, Australia, recently. Doing what? "Nothing, that’s the beauty of it." Busy people don't often get a shot at nada. Actually, the author of “Walk on the Wild Side” and “Heroin" has been in close contact with two clairvoyants and a t'ai-chi expert.
A headshop opened up next door to New York State Senator Frank Padavan's office in Queens, and Sen. Padavan has proposed a law to outlaw sales or advertisements of pipes, papers and other grass-smoking paraphernalia. He will try to add the items to the existing state law banning over-the-counter sales of hypodermics and glassine envelopes in order to fight “the destruction of young minds" caused by marijuana.
"The vampire lives on, and cannot die by mere passing of time; he can flourish when he can fatten on the blood of the living. Even more, we have seen amongst us that he can even grow younger; that his vital faculties grow strenuous, and seem as though they refresh themselves when his special pablum is plenty."—Bram Stoker NEW YORK—Hold fast to your crucifixes, friends: Dracula is undead, well and baring his fangs at the Martin Beck theater in Edward Gorey's revival of the Hamilton Deane-John Balderston play, Dracula.
Eight acres of ravaged, illegally occupied slums in the Notting Hill district of London have been proclaimed an independent republic by its resident caretakers. The 120 new citizens of the Free Independent Republic of Frestonia consider themselves "pioneer homesteaders" rather than squatters in a racially disturbed, semidemolished slum.
paris—An enterprising young Frenchman known as Poutiniant has produced a line of electric lapel pins whose flashing prodope slogans have become the rage of Left Bank smokers and the target of a government crackdown. The battery-powered pins, which boast sayings like "Long Live Drugs," have hurled Poutiniant and his LOUPI Craft Company into the Parisian limelight, drawing rave reviews for him and one-to five-year jail sentences for anyone caught wearing the $7 electric beacons.
Customs agents raided the Colombian banana boat Maya, idling off Miami Beach, and nabbed 157 pounds of cocaine. The contraband was wrapped in 70 plastic packages neatly hidden beneath decking at the bottom of the hold. In their haste to confiscate the loot, Customs neglected to make any arrests.
A shrimp boat that was laden with almost 20 tons of marijuana when it sank off the St. Petersburg coast has been linked by Florida drug-law enforcement officials to four "gangland-style" murders in Panama City. Four persons who apparently witnessed the crew of the 60-foot Gunsmoke loading 40,000 pounds of Colombian grass at Sandy Creek near Panama City were shot, their bodies weighted with concrete blocks, and later dumped into a North Florida sinkhole.
Grace Jones used to be a successful fashion model, which is why this lp is called Portfolio (Island ILPS9470). But having a great deal of wild style, she wasn’t making top bucks in the rather conservative N.Y. fashion world. So she did what many of the more mannered mannequins do to boost their fortunes—she moved to Paris.
“Pinball is like making love,” says author Roger C. Sharpe in Pinball (New York: E. P. Dutton, $7.95). “It demands concentration and total emotional involvement of the player. Nothing else will do.” Sharpe details pinball’s history and recognizes it as an art form.
If you take a 12-hour time capsule and cross the International Dateline, how many apples will Bob have? Questions like that are promptly answered when you have a World Clock by Howard Miller. The World Clock tells you the time in Darwin, Australia; Shungnak, Alaska; Volgograd, Russia, and other world centers of dope smuggling at a glance.
No reporter has traveled as far in the inner circles of jet-set dope dealing as Leslie Morrison, whose “The Dope Industry” in this issue bears the marks of his years spent rapping with the Rockefellers, Morgans and Bernie Cornfelds of the international commodities trade.