All dopers know that for every joint they smoke, dozens of people risked their lives and liberty. Plus years of difficult tedious agitation, demonstrations and lobbying that finally made decriminalization a reality in 11 states. Yet, paradoxically, these victories may have come too easily to us.
I propose that a Nobel Prize be given in the field of ethnomycology. As R. Gordon Wasson has taken more than 30 years and considerable pains to point out in a succession of books and scholarly articles, fungal fantasies have sparked the imaginations of priests and world leaders from ancient times to now.
Q: In Gary Stimeling's article "How to Live Forever" [High Times, February '78] he lumped linseed-oil paints with plastics and nuclear radiation as an accumulator of "free radicals," the atom groups that destroy organic tissue. I paint with linseed-oil paints and have made a reasonable living from it for many years.
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but, frankly, guys prefer a rock of this sort. Maybe if I do it all at once, I'll stop worrying about getting out of hock. —Snortimer Merd, Royal Oak, Mich. Thanks to our favorite magazine, we're insured of a good harvest.
Kerry Kollmar is the 1975 World Individual Freestyle Frisbee champion. Freestyle Frisbee is taking all the various throws and catches and putting them together into a smooth, fluid movement. He is also the 1976 Throw-Run-and-Catch champion.
The essence of rape is humiliation. The use of humiliation is likely to be misunderstood. It is not meant in a sadistic sense but rather as the act of acquiring humility. Pride, like hope, is a vital emotion, but as dreamy false hopes and wishful thinking can obstruct action, so false pride can interfere with sexual expression and sensual pleasure.
Why? Why? Why has America no rigid airships? Ever since the peculiar events at Lakehurst, New Jersey, in 1937, citizens have been asking this "burning" question. At last, in a book written 32 years ago, P. W. Litchfield hits hard at those reactionaries who would stymie the development of the peaceful airship.
Lou Reed was hit in the hand by a flying reefer while playing onstage in Passaic, New Jersey. Reed, peed off, stopped playing and yelled, "You idiot! Only in Jersey would they throw a lit joint onstage! Smells like shit grass, too! Don't mess with me, I'm a New Yorker!"
A number of readers of this column have written in to ask the Dope Connoisseur his opinion on the quality of the homegrown sinsemilla that has become the newest sensation in the high-priced luxury dope field. In an earlier column I had pointed out how many domestic sinsemilla growers were peddling their pot as "Thai" or "Hawaiian" and selling it at those inflated $200-anounce prices that dope labeled as such brings.
These are the questions most often asked about paraquat, answered to the best knowledge of High Times researchers. Under the direction of Pharmacology Editor Dean Latimer, High Times has been continuously processing every piece of information available about paraquat, America's hottest issue.
ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA—Narcs at the Pennsylvania Drug Control Office busted two local men after promising to test their grass for paraquat. Because the cops demanded at least an ounce for the assay, the charge was a felony under state law. The men say they called the Drug Control Office to ask if their paraquat-testing facilities were available to the public and were assurred by agent Thomas West that they were.
NEW YORK CITY—"It was like an Indian attack on a fort," observed a Queens patrolman after his station house had been besieged by 180 rock-and-bottle-throwing citizens protesting a mass marijuana raid in their neighborhood. Undercover narcs from the Queens Narcotics Squad sparked off the riot by busting 18 local men on a street corner after making three grass buys.
Our apologies to Mr. Ralph Caplan, incorrectly identified in the June '78 Highwitness News story titled "Paraphernalia Moguls Give 67G to NORML." A major head-gear distributor and longtime NORML stalwart, Caplan organized a fund-raiser at the last National Boutique and Fashion Show in New York City that netted NORML $67,000 in pledges.
PUNA, HAWAII—Growers of Puna butter, some of the world's most dynamite marijuana, have been increasingly pressed from both legal and criminal elements in recent months. Gangs of “weed rustlers" and militarylike police raids now threaten the lives and livelihoods of Hawaiian farmers who have traditionally grown isolated plots of boo all over the islands.
Scotland Yard has announced that Britain will soon form its first full-time national drug squad. According to a Yard source, the narc agency will be patterned after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and will concentrate on cocaine seizures.
OATMAN, ARIZONA-On the night of November 27, 1974, private-airstrip owner Charlie Stoll, 55, drew down on what he assumed to be a pack of armed hippies with a .12-gauge shotgun to defend his runway and hangar from invasion. This spring Stoll refused a proposed presidential pardon for assaulting undercover DEA agents, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to overturn his conviction.
Doctor Gives Pot, Smack to Maintain Dignity, End Pain
Pass a joint to a dying cancer victim? The prescription isn't at all frivolous, says Dr. Samuel Klagsbrun, a psychiatrist who teaches group therapy and works with cancer outpatients at New York City's St. Luke's Hospital. Dr. Klagsbrun maintains that the judicious use of both pot and heroin can significantly ease the pain of the terminally ill.
Developed over ten years ago at St. Christopher's Hospice on Brompton Row, London, the smack-coke-alcohol mixture is currently employed in numerous European and American terminal-cancer wards. The combination of morphine and cocaine has a curiously felicitous synergy: the morphine annuls the pain completely, while the cocaine not only counteracts the stupefying effect of the smack but contributes an all-important antianxiety effect.
San Francisco: Massing almost 10,000 supporters around Frisco's City Hall, the Campaign to Stop Prosecution of Dennis Peron, a popular dealer who ran the Big Top pot supermarket here, mixed straight pothibition repeal with paraquat protests for one of the largest smoke-ins so far this year.
PALM BEACH, FLORIDA—DEA agents nearly pulled off a huge shipboard pot bust when, after breaking the code used by the smugglers, they boarded and seized the 100-foot "mother ship" freighter Moctezuma 70 miles east of Fort Pierce, confiscating 57 tons of primo Colombian gold buds.
Narcs Brand Toronto "Coke Capital" of Land of Snow
Canadian narcs fear Toronto is becoming the "coke capital of Canada," now that new airline routes have been opened between Toronto and several South American countries. In the biggest Toronto coke bust so far, two Peruvian women—Juana Luisa Delgado, 21, and Rocio del Pilar Martinez, 23—were apprehended by airport customs officials with 25 pounds of blow sewn into their girdles.
Well, it's back-to-school time again. A lot of people could clearly use a few advanced courses in marine navigation and evasion tactics, to go by the look of all these Coast Guard busts. But it's all in the game: you lose a few hundred tons, you win a few thousand, on the average.
Toronto police report that their confiscated-drug repository is infested with a plague of marijuana-eating insects that are biting workers and causing mass resignations. Sergeant Jack Carr, in charge of the evidence room, reports that the flea-size bugs buzz wildly around he building biting employees after loading up on confiscated boo.
BUSHNELL, FLORIDA—"I got to feeling dizzier and dizzier," recalled police-car dispatcher Cathy Quilling after eating three cookies that had been mailed to a prisoner in the Sumter County Jail. Ms. Quilling ate the cookies with codispatcher Debbie Coniglio and Norman Fore, the head jailer at Sumter.
WICHITA, KANSAS—Representative Michael Glover, who has been working for decriminalization of marijuana in Kansas, has introduced a bill that would legalize saloons for the first time in his state's history. Although already passed by the state senate, the bill is in trouble with the state supreme court because the Kansas constitution specifically states that "the open saloon shall be...forever prohibited."
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON—One of the most dramatic seaborne grass busts in the history of the Northwest took on added dimensions when federal authorities arbitrarily refused to let news reporters witness the burning of the 37 tons of grass involved.
Decriminalization of penalties for possession of less than an ounce of cannabis appears virtually assured in Pennsylvania, after a NORML survey showed that district attornies in the state appear to support a pending House of Representatives decrim bill by a factor of two to one.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—TWO elderly American women from Le Pine, Oregon, were tried this spring in the Federal Court of Petty Sessions here, charged under the Australian Customs Act with smuggling $19 million worth of hashish into the country.
The Oregon grannies are not the only senior citizens having pot problems of late. Narcs in San Antonio, Texas, recently chalked up another big hit when they grabbed an 82-year-old woman and arrested her for possession of marijuana. Police identified the woman as Sally Santangelo and say that she was nabbed with a brown paper bag holding 21 plastic baggies of "suspected marijuana."
Returning to Canada to plead "no contest" to a charge of possession of two grams of pot, NORML director Keith Stroup was arrested at Calgary Airport, Alberta, for possession of a single joint. Stroup, who was fined $100 for the first arrest and $300 for the second, has been banned from ever again entering Canada.
AFGHANISTAN AUSTRALIA BRAZIL CANADA COLOMBIA DENMARK ENGLAND GERMANY MEXICO PERU SPAIN USA 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.
Another conversation with the dope industry's quality-control expert—on the decline of Mexican, the rise of industrialized dope, and America's inordinate fear of paraquat
In this world some are driven to taste real adventure. They savor excellence no matter what the cost in money or human blood. Such a person relishes even the most grueling journey in order to sip, smoke, smell, lick or fuck the very best the material world can offer.
It took months of grueling work and hundreds of grueling man and woman hours to select the winners you see before you. Yet, after thousands of entries had been opened and their contents examined, discussed, appreciated, analyzed and inspected for possible bribes, we finally ran out of darts.
What the railroad did for the American West, the banana boat is doing for Colombian cocaine
John West Thatcher is not your average, run-of-the-mill, depraved, weird, long-haired, hippie drug smuggler. For starters, Thatcher doesn't drink, curse or smoke. Not even cigarettes. He's a God-fearing, born-again Christian who eats lunch at his unpretentious desk, wets his hair and combs it straight back, works six days a week and goes to church on the seventh.
The High Times history of Musa sapientum (bananas to you)
The Merriam-Webster Pocket Dictionary defines banana as "a tropical plant bearing thick clusters of fruit; also, this fruit." its American Heritage counterpart has a shade more to say on the subject, something about the banana being "the crescent-shaped fruit of a treelike tropical plant, having pulpy flesh and yellow or reddish fruit; a plant-bearing fruit."
Swarthy stevedores hoist the special crate into the docked boat. The 20-ton freighter dips a little deeper into aqua waters, full to the brim with fat yellow bunches of sweet bananas bound for hungry gringos. The sweaty men labor under a tropic sun so hot it can drive their dark-eyed women loco for the pink banana.
The big Ecuadoran freighter baked in the sun for days, riding at anchor in the oily water of Balboa harbor at the Pacific end of the Panama Canal. If her refrigeration systems could have been sabotaged, the aroma of broiling bananas might've been smelled back in her home port of Esmeraldos, 600 miles south.
He calls himself the real James Bond. Like his fictional counterpart, he's an expert in weaponry, wiretapping and martial arts. He's charming and dangerous. This real-life James Bond has made a career of jumping fences in the dope war; he's wanted and hated.
Dr. Peter Bourne is President Carter's chief adviser on drugs and drug law enforcement. Born August 6, 1939, in Oxford, England, Bourne moved with his family when he was 17 to the United States, where he received degrees from Emory and Stanford Universities.
As a child and a woman, I feel personally insulted by Dr. Bourne's policies as reflected in his composition on kids and marijuana use. What kind of doctor is Dr. Bourne anyway? In my opinion I think he is a mad doctor like Dr. Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
An elegy for the jailbird con-man novelist who masterminded the Summer of Love
Yeah, I knew Emmett Grogan, knew him well enough to've gone on a half-assed caper with him in behalf of a coke dealer who thought he might've just snuffed the uptown player motherfucker who ripped him off for $20,000 worth of snort, knew him well enough to've long suspected that he boosted a TV set and a hair dryer out of my pad so he could feed his junk habit, knew him well enough to've given him $100 that he never paid back plus a bottle of my dying wife's Percodans as a Christmas present.
The first human beings to come into contact with extraterrestrials might well speak to them in Pushtu or Swahili. It all depends on which equatorial nation is selected to provide a 200-square-mile Earthport base for the launching of satellites and peopled spacecraft under the auspices of the new World Space Center.
War Centennial Threatens to Erupt New Chile-Bolivia Conflict
A century-old dispute over sea-access rights recently led to a break in diplomatic relations between Chile and Bolivia and is now threatening to erupt into war. At the center of the controversy is the narrow corridor of land, around the town of Arica, that previously constituted Bolivia's only outlet to the Pacific Ocean.
KINGSTON, JAMAICA—Troubled by a large number of unemployed and illiterate young people, the Jamaican government is for the first time considering the adoption of a universal military draft. The movement for compulsory service in the island's armed forces was started by Councilman H.E. Davis, who stated that "Jamaican youths are unoccupied and are desirous of joining the army, in which they would be disciplined for civil life."
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA—After the most apathetic Colombian election of the century— only 20 percent of eligible voters went to the polls—Liberal Party candidate and reputed dope dealer Julio Cesar Turbay Ayalo, 62, became the new president of Colombia.
MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA—The "Devil's Island" prison at Gorgona, in the Pacific just off the Cauca coast, is shortly to be closed by the government. It may be kept as a nature preserve, though investors in Medellin and Cali are interested in developing a harbor, airport and several luxury hotels there, to turn it into a new vacation attraction.
SAO JOAO DE MERITI, BRAZIL—Recently a large tract of open land in this Rio de Janeiro suburb was officially zoned and developed as a cemetery. The developers shortly afterward published a notice claiming that they felt it "necessary to stress that the cemetery has not been officially opened so far, and would murderers therfore refrain from dumping dead bodies of victims on that site, as has frequently happened."
CHICAGO—A sleep researcher at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center reports that husbands "almost always" deprive their wives of proper sleep. Dr. Rosalind Cartwright has simulated domestic American sleeping patterns in her laboratory, and she says that while the men generally achieved a proper nightly amount of deep, healthful "delta" sleep, women were most often deprived of it by their husbands' tossing and turning, snoring, etc.
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA—After three days of watching a new color television installed by anthropologists in the village general store, previously isolated Cree Indians in Manitoba politely asked for its removal. The anthropologists had been studying the immediate effect the TV might have on a remote people, but the Cree responded that after an initial fascination they found it boring and claimed that its abundance of evil spirits entered their children and gave them nightmares.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—REPRESENTATIVE Elizabeth Holtzman (D-N.Y.) has released a General Accounting Office study that admits that a majority of Americans are daily exposed to possibly hazardous levels of microwave radiation. The study indicates that radiation given off by microwave ovens, telephone transmissions, UHF TV broadcasting, airport radar and CB car radios may "affect the immune system, create anomalies in mouse litters, such as hernias of the brain, and produce a trend toward lower behavioral performance."
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND—Transcendental Meditation magnate Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has called upon all devoted TM practitioners to migrate to Rhode Island and transform it through their superior vibes and inspirational example into a veritable Promised Land.
MIAMI, FLORIDA—A "homosexual haven" may soon be established in a Miami church bought by Bob Green, Anita Bryant's husband/manager. Ms. Bryant, claiming that gay men and women from all over the country have written to her for spiritual help, has determined to set up a nationwide chain of Anita Bryant "ministries."
No nude beaches is bad news for the British economy, says England's Naturist Foundation, whose 250,000 members have been forced to bathe in France, Yugoslavia and Scandinavia because Great Britain is the only West European country without nude beaches.
One bizarre technological development brought about by the guerrilla war in Northern Ireland is a robot that patrols the streets of Belfast investigating and sometimes destroying suspicious-looking parked cars. The robot is called the Marauder and looks like a small tank with arms.
Hungary has risen to the top of the world's suicide league, according to World Health Organization figures that indicate more than 40 out of every 100,000 Hungarians killed themselves last year. This compares with rates of about 30 per 100,000 in the other most suicide-prone countries such as Austria, Finland, Czechoslovakia and Sweden.
Because jeans have reached the price of $150 on the Hungarian black market, LeviStrauss has obtained permission to cross the Iron Curtain and open a factory in Budapest. Domestic production is expected to slash the price to no more than $50 a pair.
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN—The age of sexual consent for gay men and women in Sweden has been lowered to 15. Until now, only heterosexuals could have state-sanctioned sex at that age—homosexuals had to wait until age 18.
Sweden is the nation at the top of the affluence list with a per capita income of $9,030, says the 24-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Switzerland closely follows at $8,870, and the U.S. is in third place at $7,910.
Always one of Paris' cheapest hotels, number 9 Rue Git-le-Coeur became known as the "Beat Hotel" in the late '50s and early '60s, when it was home for most of the writers and painters who were the vanguard of the Beat Generation. Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin and Harold Norse are just a few of the seminal hipsters that filled the rooms and lounges of the funky "class 13" hotel.
Political Prisoners Screened by CIA Personality Test
Twenty thousand Indonesian political prisoners will be released shortly—but only after undergoing a battery of CIA-devised personality tests to determine each prisoner's "susceptibility" to communism. Tests similar to those routinely used by many American corporations to indicate the "personal character" of job applicants will be given to the prisoners, including the Hans Eysenck test, which specifically measures an individual's attitudes toward "communist ideology," from "toughminded" to "tenderness."
But this time it's falling, along with thousands of other little loaves and scores of people, as a 40-foot bamboo tower, covered with buns, collapses in Hong Kong. Two towers fell, injuring 24 participants in the annual Bun Festival held this spring on Cheung Chau Island.
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA—Seven Arab countries and Iran are presently recruiting antisabotage and counterinsurgency experts for a prospective "Oil Interpol," a privatedetective agency to guard their oil fields from subversion. Increasingly frequent and destructive "accidents" have plagued Arab oil fields in recent years, causing billions in damages.
AHMEDABAD, INDIA—The annual nine-day feast of India's highest caste Brahmins, the Chorries Koti Gaytari Yagna, was celebrated in splendid fashion this year despite protests from many quarters over the "colossal waste" involved. Traditionally, the 5,000 Brahmins entitled to attend the ceremony ritually burn over a million dollars worth of food in "sacrifices" to the goddess Gaytari: 32,000 kilos of ghee butter, 50,000 litres of milk, 25,000 kg each of rice and til barley and 100 kg of herbs, resins and miscellaneous food.
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA—King Khaled has decreed that foreign women visiting Saudi Arabia must henceforth be clothed in Arabian-style garments or face an "unspecified punishment." While the wearing of veils may not be rigorously enforced, bare arms and ankles—"imported ways which, to say the least, contradict the rules of good manners and seemliness"—are strictly verboten.
LAGOS, NIGERIA—Political activism by young African college students, previously minimal on most of this continent, has broken out in Nigeria with a violence unparalleled even by the '60s youth demonstrations in America and Europe. At least 60 people have been killed in demonstrations this year around Nigeria's nine major universities, and police now patrol even elementary and secondary schools in the military government's attempt to quell nationwide student unrest.
UMTATA, THE TRANSKEI—The former minister of the interior of this newly created country, Ms. Stella Sigcau, is in the process of forming a truly extraordinary political party; its symbol is her ten-month-old baby jeremiah, born out of wedlock.
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA—For the first time in many years, tourists visiting Tanzania's fabulous Serengeti Plain and Ngorongoro Crater will soon have the opportunity to hunt and shoot the famous big-game animals that prowl that region. Game hunting has been banned in Tanzania's national parks since 1963, but officials now feel that the animals have repopulated the area to such a tremendous extent that limited hunting may be resumed.
Micronesians Having Second Thoughts about U.S. Citizenship
TINIAN, MARIANA ISLANDS—Though a majority of Mariana Islanders voted this year to' become an official U.S. commonwealth territory like Puerto Rico and gain nominal U.S. citizenship for their population of 15,000, many people here and all around Micronesia are seriously debating whether their continued dependence on the USA is healthy.
STANLEY, FALKLAND ISLANDS (ISLAS MALVINAS)—A new "cold war" fully worthy of the name has threatened to break out in the Antarctic, pitting Great Britain against Argentina in one of the coldest, bleakest, most faraway places in the world.
An important precedent was set in a Fairfax, Virginia, court when a county circuit-court judge dismissed a cocaine case on the grounds that the confiscated coke might be "synthetic" and thus not illegal under state and federal laws. Arguing for defendant Richard Gobeille, who was charged with selling 9 ounces of cocaine to a narc, attorney John Zwerling challenged the prosecution to prove that the $25,000 worth of cocaine was really illegal.
Southern rock has risen phoenixlike from the smoking ruins and ashes in which Gregg Allman left the southern music scene when he ratted on his road manager Scott Herring in Macon, Georgia, and split to hide out at Cher's Hollywood mansion in 1976.
The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics, edited by Bill Blackbeard and Martin Williams (New York: Abrams, $12.95 paperback). The Hyperion Press Library of Classic American Comic Strips, series editor: Bill Blackbeard (Hyperion Press, 45 Riverside Avenue, Westport, Connecticut 06880, 22 volumes, $354.10 hardcover, $161.10 paperback).
As in "ounce," that is. This ceramic sorcerer is finely crafted in rich detail— run your hand up and down its side, feel the texture of the heard, the cloak, rub up and down, faster, faster, harder, God don't stop... suddenly the hat flies off and you have a pipe and secret stash container! The wiz ($9) is just one in a unique series of "disappearing pipes" from Visions, 6461 Highway 246, Lompoc. California 93436.
Send them the very best. High Times' master dope photographer John Farrell has created 13 titillating full-color greeting cards featuring Mother Nature's most delightful treats, including primo Colombian Gold with Swiss bullion kilo, Bolivian toot, assorted buds, even an Indian. A new high in stationery, they're $1 each (minimum order: 12 cards) from the Shooting Gallery, Box 281, Village Station, New York, New York 10014.
The next time K.C. and the lads jam on "The Midnight Special" you can capture all the excitement in stereo with the TVX-9500 TV tuner from Pioneer (85 Oxford Drive, Moonachie, New Jersey 07074). The entire range of TV channels is pumped through your hi-fi to create instant simulcasts with the TVX-9500. which features light-emitting diode channel indicators. Compatible with cable TV systems. Suggested retail price is $250.
Nowadays people carry everything on their backs—packs, babies, monkeys, and now boats! The piggybacking Duffelboat (kayak, stern boat or canoe as pictured) assembles in ten minutes and is available with optional custom painting kits, tent top, cartop carrier and collapsible paddles and oars. Just add water and serve. Prices range from $350 to $695; write to the Kalamazoo Folding Boat Company. 430 Harrison Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006.