Hugh Hefner, the publisher of Playboy, and Bob Guccione, the publisher of Penthouse, behind bars? That is a difficult vision to conjure up, but less unlikely than it might have seemed several months ago, for one Hinson McAuliffe, the solicitor general of Fulton County, Georgia, recently issued arrest warrants to both of these legendary erotic entrepreneurs.
To the editors of High Times and to my associates in the paraphernalia industry, I lift my pen about an issue of great importance to me. We support High Times by selling it or by advertising in it. This month’s issue (October ’78) sinks to the depths of boredom and cheap commercialism by once again using sex to sell the magazine.
Q: They say you can get high on morning-glory seeds, but any time I’ve ever tried them—only when I was completely out of dope—I’ve just gotten sick. Are they sprayed with something to make you sick? —Ann B., Wiscasset, Me. A: Some commercial varieties of morning glory are in fact sprayed to discourage folks from eating them, but if you soak them for a half-hour in warm water and strain them through filter paper, that will take care of the noxious chemicals.
With the advent of cheap home-video recorders and cameras, video is bigger than ever. And at last, instant replay has come out of the living room and into the bedroom. Video is a powerful prop. It's an electronic fetish. A natural reflection of a culture and time where people need sexual accessories to really feel satisfied, because everything is so ephemeral now.
One late morning in July 1962, while I was working as a member of the Harvard Psychedelic Research Project, I found myself standing on a diving board approximately 12 feet over my friend’s Cambridge outdoor pool, contemplating my next dive into the water.
Anyone who has not been in a sensory-deprivation tank for the past few years has undoubtedly noticed the proliferation of celebrity journalism. I am not speaking here of the journalism of famous writers (whose very typewriter ribbons are supposedly enshrined at Elaine's) but of the celebratory outpourings of rank-and-file scribes who hang out in vogue restaurants only when someone they’re interviewing reverses custom and takes them out for drinks.
What happened to acid? Consumer fraud for one thing. In the early days, certain committed chemists would spend enormous energy and exacting hours carefully concocting connoisseur-quality, chemically pure LSD. In the inspired spirit of the lab they’d drop the desired dosage of colorless liquid onto colorfully dyed tablets and christen the result Purple Haze or Orange Sunshine.
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA—The combined total of all Colombian smuggling profits now approaches $3 billion per year, while legal exports out of the country totaled only $2.3 billion in 1977. These statistics have led some very eminent Colombian figures to suggest that the incredibly profitable dope market might very well be "institutionalized" in the near future, beginning, as in the United States, with the decriminalization of marijuana.
BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA—The virtual militarization of the southern Florida coastline by the federal government has caused dope smugglers to divert the current Colombian grass harvest to the Georgia coast. In response, hard-pressed Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents are seeking to create a civilian "intelligence network."
UNITED NATIONS—The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is spearheading an intense drive to unite the world's pot-reform groups into one cohesive unit capable of lobbying for needed cannabis reform at the United Nations.
Single Convention Treaty: Last Obstacle to Global Legalization
Often cited as the sole obstacle in the way of global marijuana cultivation and distribution, the United Nations Single Convention Treaty on Narcotics of 1961 is a 17-page document shrouded with mysterious legal and political innuendo.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Carter administration lied when it said the U.S. had never pressured the Colombia government to spray grass with paraquat, according to a State Department memo recently obtained by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) estimates that marijuana has become the third biggest business in the U.S., trailing behind only General Motors and the Exxon Corporation in annual dollar volume. The DEA made the claim in its Summary of Achievements, the annual bust report for the first half of 1978.
CALI, COLOMBIA—At the first Latin American Congress of Mass Communication for Crime Detection here, Bolivian delegate Victor Duran Vargas accused U.S. citizens of pushing coca production in Bolivia. An attorney for the Ministries of Justice and the Interior in Bolivia, Duran Vargas charged that North Americans exploit the ignorance and poverty of Bolivian Indian peasants to encourage them to overproduce coca, and later finance the processing of cocaine in secret laboratories.
BOGOTA—Former Colombian Interior Minister Rafael Pardo Buelvas, responsible for overseeing internal security and alleged to be involved in the export of multiton shiploads of marijuana, was assassinated in his bathroom. Two men dressed in soldiers' uniforms called at Pardo's home in the north of the city, told a maid that they had to talk to the ex-minister about security matters of great urgency, walked into the bathroom and pumped five rounds into Pardo, who was shaving at the time.
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA—The local DEA has turned down the proposal of a former U.S. Customs agent that would have created a private squad of senior-citizen smuggler spotters to sniff out drug traffic along the Florida mainland. Robert M. Weeks proposed enlisting a small army of retirees, who hang out at the shore a lot, to call in any suspicious maritime activity they observe to a central "combat information center" to alert authorities.
Big Island Pot Raid Grounded When Narc Copter Explodes
HILO, HAWAII—The seasonal state and federal marijuana-eradication campaign, dubbed "Operation Green Harvest" this year, was severely hampered when Honolulu narcs blew up their sole helicopter during a raid on the rural Ainaloa subdivision near here.
The biggest "mother ship" grass bust to date—over 112 tons of primo Colombiano fume aboard the World War II-vintage freighter Heidi 160 miles off Florida—came down last fall after a half-dozen DEA undercover narcs nearly drowned them-selves attempting to set up a multiton bust buy.
Although suffering from multiple injuries, a Colombian pilot managed to escape from a Kingston, Jamaica, hospital after sea ditching a plane that police say was carrying 200 pounds of pure snort. The plane, a twin-engine Cessna of American registry, went down in the water off Morant Cays for undisclosed reasons.
Cutting losses seems to be this season's main concern among wholesale dope importers. A whole lot of stray grass bales seem to be washing up on the southern Florida sand, to be harvested soggily by whomever is around—the preassigned dealers, or maybe the tipped-off fuzz.
The Coast Guard cutter Dauntless, one of the most exemplary dope-boat busters on the Spanish Main, was herself the object of a grass raid recently. Specifically, "several ounces of marijuana" were discovered in the crew quarters of the 210-foot dreadnought as she lay at the Little Creek Amphibious Base in Virginia during training maneuvers.
Illinois has become the fourth state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Calling the action "a step forward in the practice of medicine,". Governor James Thompson signed the bill into law on September 9, 1978. The legislation authorizes the possession, production, manufacture and delivery of cannabis when "requested by a physician licensed to practice medicine."
The second largest union in the United States has just come out in favor of the decriminalization of marijuana. At its annual convention in Dallas, the National Education Association (NEA) passed a resolution stating that "private possession and use of small quantities of marijuana should not carry criminal penalties."
Canadian narcs are vigorously pressing their headline-grabbing project of busting American celebrities for small amounts of grass, with Exorcist teen starlet Linda Blair the latest casualty. Customs narcs at Calgary International Airport nailed the 19-year-old celeb there with an estimated two joints on her person.
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Marijuana smuggler, daredevil pilot and now the subject of the smash hit movie The Smugglers, this veteran pot flier tells how the Red Barons of Reefer bring, in tons every day
A. Craig Copetas
Robert Eby was a charter member of the elite band of pilots who bring Colombia’s marijuana to tbe United States. He was one of the first pot smugglers to turn to large cargo planes, and he grew rich bringing in the pot. Then, in 1974, Eby performed a feat of flying that would earn his name a place in the annals of aviation legend.
There's no such thing. It's just a story the cops made up. Understand?
I have spent most my life in the underworld. My father was a professional criminal. His cover was loan-sharking, but he was a thief. He did eight years in special solitary detention in Dannemora, a New York State maximum-security prison for incorrigibles.
The ABZ’s of cocaine connoisseurship. Spend 10 minutes reading this article—and you’ll know more about coke than Mick Jagger
COKE OR CUT?
The testimony of those who know is clear—things go better with coke. The Incas revered it as nature's finest product. Sigmund Freud put his career on the line to defend it. And Dr. Ronald Siegel, a world-class psychophar-macologist, calls it the closest thing to the ideal social drug yet discovered.
Here in the northernmost banana republic, where the pay phone still costs a nickel thanks to the goodness of the last benevolent dictator, Huey P. Long, the Kingfish, time crawls on all fours. The patron saint of New Orleans is Saint Expeditus, whose name you will implore when the swamp gas and humidity get so thick that matches refuse to strike and magnolia trees appear to be melting.
A blaze with golden idols and awesome terraced cities, reeking with bloody and bizarre rituals, the empire of the Incas flourished for a thousand years But it quickly collapsed before the horses and blunderbusses of the barbarous Spanish conquistadores, leaving little more of its alien splendors than legends of El Dorado.
While American President Jimmy Carter champions "human right" in far-off nations, the American-supported antinarcotics program in Mexico has been waging a systematic campaign of torture against dope smokers, growers and dealers. The men most responsible are Carlos Aguilar Garza, general coordinator of the program, and Jaime Alcalá, chief of the Mexican Federal Judicial Police (MFJP).
David Driscoll was a law student vacationing in Merida, Yucatan, when Mexican narcs kicked in his motel-room door and arrested him on flimsy dope charges. That was March 23, 1976, and the beginning of a 13-month trek along Mexico’s torture trail.
A few years ago, in 1974 to be exact, the Wall Street Journal broadcast the news. Get smart, America, said the know-it-all guide to investment heaven. Forget about blue chips. Stay away from high fliers. Pass up conglomerates heading for interplanetary diversification.
And we thought Flipper was smart. The amazing story of the world’s first million-dollar interspecies smuggling operation.
I was expecting some sort of gink in multicolored day-glow overalls who jabbed the air with a hash-pipe stem for punctuation between unbelievable, near impossible clauses. It was a style I encountered once near Brownsville, Texas. A biologist gone rogue from the state university, dressed as above, had tried to tell me that he had a hybrid badger-mole or prairie dog (called the Brownsville miner) and that he was using the creature to smuggle brown heroin by a really underground route from Mexico.
Send us your Thai sticks, your Colombian golds, your Panama reds, your Mexican sinsemilla. In the fertile heartlands of our broad nation they will soon flourish as American, the Beautiful! The potent offspring of immigrant seed—in several generations they become even stronger and wilder than their predecessors.
A California lawyer has discovered that Walt Disney World in Florida has managed to create its very own government, exempt from most Florida laws, including tax statutes. Harold Berliner investigated Florida's Disney World because the Disney people want to build a large resort in northern California.
By a four-to-three vote, the Interstate Commerce Commission ruled that the Southern Railways System may not discontinue its venerable Southern Crescent, famed for its wood-paneled master bedrooms, rolling showers and rich southern cooking served in silver dishes on linen-covered tables.
A network of programs designed to help women enter politics and run for public office has just been formed by five women's colleges assisted by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. The public-leadership education network, founded by Wells College president Frances Farenthold, reports it will encourage the development of a group of women leaders interested in elective and appointive offices, lobbying campaigns and political-party work.
A study by the University of Arizona's division of economic and business research has concluded that it takes an average family of four in the U.S. $17,840 a year to maintain just a "moderate" standard of living. According to the study, food and housing take the biggest bites out of the monthly paycheck, the two totaling up to 47 percent of the yearly income.
Arnold, an assembly-line worker with an IQ of 80, spends most of his spare time reading super-technical electronics texts and building the devices described in them. Not long ago he put together a tape recorder, a multicolor neon light-show apparatus and a transistor radio.
The American rodeo is in danger of extinction, claims a spokesperson for the International Rodeo Association, because many people prefer to eat horses rather than watch them perform. Louis Elliott says rodeo promoters are encountering increasing difficulties in purchasing horses for their shows because breeders can often get better prices from horsemeat factories in Europe.
A recent survey shows that teachers hate to hear the school bell ring a lot more than the kids do. The Foundation for Child Development talked to 2,200 children and found that fewer than one in ten hated schoolwork. Ninety percent said they liked their teachers, their classmates and school in general.
COTOCOLLAO, ECUADOR—The secret origin of Inca culture may remain a secret forever, now that construction bulldozers have been permitted to destroy a critical 5,000-year-old archaeological site. The site was discovered in 1976 when some construction work first began in this Quito suburb: local children found strange and beautiful pottery fragments being turned up by diggers.
MARQUETALIA, COLOMBIA—The legendary leftist guerrilla leader Manuel "Tiro Fijo" Marulanda has seemingly come back from the dead to unite the Colombian antigovernment movement. At least it was the name Tiro Fijo ("Straight Shot") that signed a clandestine manifesto emanating from this guerrilla-controlled region last fall, announcing that Colombia's two foremost armed resistance movements had formally united, at last, against the Bogota government.
Starving Kids Whiff Fumes, Termed "Addicts" by Cops
MEXICO CITY, Mexico—An estimated 800,000 children here between the ages of 9 and 15 regularly use industrial solvents both to get high and to reduce feelings of hunger. This staggering statistic, released by the Mexican Center for Drug Addiction, can be partially explained by the fact that in recent years this city's population has swollen to nearly 18 million, many of whom are starving peasant refugees from the vicious land wars that convulse most of rural Mexico.
Researchers at the Institute for Policy Studies report that the Carter administration is preparing to approve the sale to Brazil of a sophisticated computer that would form the heart of a national identification system in that country. Researchers Cynthia Arnson and Michael Klare say high State Department officials have already approved the sale of the Pintrak 250.
For the first time since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. passenger flights began regularly passing in and out of Cuba last fall. Shawnee Air Lines was the first service to land a plane there, its 16 passengers including several sons and daughters of Cuban exiles in Florida.
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO—Twenty miles north of town here, a real-estate company's enormous billboard urges, "Take off your gas mask, you have just entered a fresh air zone." Mexico City ranks with Tokyo and Djkarta, Indonesia, as one of the world's most air-polluted cities; it sits in a dry lake bed in a bowl formed by surrounding mountain peaks, and massive air inversions occur nightly.
SEALAND, ENGLISH CHANNEL—A small platform of rusty steel, built off the coast of England as part of that country's World War II defenses, has been declared a sovereign and independent nation by the man who has lived on it for the past ten years.
ARLEUX, FRANCE—In December 1977, 18-year-old Nadine Lerous was chosen Garlic Queen at the yearly Garlic Festival here. Every December, right after harvesting some two million pounds of garlic—over two-thirds of the world's supply—the 3,000 growers around Arleux hold a monster garlic jamboree, with garlic cheese, garlic sausages, garlic sauces and soup for all.
Beginning with Elvis Presley in the '50s, Western music fads have been avidly adopted by hip Russian youth, and denounced just as enthusiastically by Moscow. Not only has the disco craze swept over the trend-setting Ukraine like wildfire this year, it is being actively promoted by Komsomolskaya Pravda — the Young Communist League's party paper—as a "mass form of leisure time for young people."
Policy makers and scientists in Europe are turning toward organic farming methods in response to mounting problems with conventional farming. These problems include soaring costs for chemical fertilizers, pollution from the fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, and insects' growing resistance to toxic sprays.
BOMBAY, INDIA—Coca-Cola, Inc., pulled out of India in 1977, when the new Janata Coalition government demanded to know the soft drink's legendary "secret formula" before renewing its franchise. So the Coalition itself promptly brewed up a carbonated kola-nut beverage of its own, labeled "77" to commemorate its year of ascendancy over the Indira Ghandi "emergency" regime.
The People's Republic of China is considering starting a mass antismoking campaign aimed at Chinese youth. China, in recent decades, has had one of the highest rates of tobacco use in the world. Now, a major article in the Guangming Daily has formally announced to the Chinese people for the first time that there is a link between smoking and cancer.
TOKYO, JAPAN—Overzealous Japanese workers may be endangering the stability of the national economy, the Labor Ministry here fears. By far the world's best-motivated workers, Japanese employees put in an average of 40.2 hours per week (Americans average 37.3 hours) and typically take off only 3.9 days per year for vacation and sick leave.
Sri Lanka Cracks Down on National Pastime: Loafing
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA—The government of this island nation off the coast of India formerly known as Ceylon is becoming increasingly impatient with the population's national preoccupation, ohey nikang innawa, or "waiting around"—in plain English, loafing.
LONDON, ENGLAND—The detective who headed the famed "Operation Julie" acid bust in Wales claims to have uncovered a possible Red Chinese plot to waste the entire Soviet Union with LSD. According to London Deputy Inspector Richard Lee, a British pharmaceuticals firm secretly sold 400,000 500-microgram doses of pure acid to the Peking government in the early'70s—enough to immobilize every Soviet citizen from Siberia to the Urals for up to 16 hours.
MORONI, THE COMOROS—French and Belgian mercenary soldiers have taken over the vast majority of important government posts here, following the coup that toppled the government of Marxist-Maoist president Ali Solih last summer. Current president Ahmed Abdallah, a fundamentalist Muslim, employed an amphibious force of 50 white French and Belgian mercenary soldiers to gain power by a midnight commando assault on the palace of Solih.
HONG KONG—Under intense pressure from international environmentalist groups, the Hong Kong Customs Department has finally agreed to crack down on the importation of African ivory. Last year alone, 475 pounds of raw ivory—representing the illegal slaughter of 47,500 elephants—moved through Hong Kong to be fashioned into ornamental Buddhas, incense burners, piano keys, coke spoons and flake plates.
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA—Police here are working closely with licensed witch doctor Sailota Kamuchimba Phiri in an effort to locate and apprehend an organized gang of burglars who have been preying on homes in the well-to-do sections of this capital city.
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND—Since November 1977, more UFO "flaps"—mass sightings—have been reported from New Zealand than nearly any other place in the world. The craft have been repeatedly spotted around the remote Waimate Valley by shepherds and picnicking townsfolk alike, and the sightings all have an intriguing uniformity about them.
USHUAIA, ARGENTINA—A war is brewing between Argentina and Chile over the ownership of three vital islands that are considered to be "the gateway to the Antarctic." Although barren and uninhabited, the islands of Nueva, Picton and Lennox, below the Beagle Canal in Tierra del Fuego, are regarded with utmost importance by the two bordering military governments, since they represent Argentina's access to the Pacific and Chile's access to the Atlantic.
Three rhesus monkeys, given the choice between imbibing banana food pellets and cocaine, opted “almost exclusively” for the coke over the pellets, a customarily preferred monkey delicacy, during an eight-day study at the Medical College of Virginia.
In the first extradition ever obtained by Canadian authorities in a dope case, an alleged international hash-syndicate boss was deported from Belgium to Canada to face federal dope charges. Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Peel Regional narcs broke up the ring after some 1,147 pounds of Charas hash had been moved into the country tucked inside bolts of fine Madras fabrics.
Plastic Bertrand’s Ca Plane Pour Moi (Sire SRK 6061) is the greatest thing to come out of Belgium since waffles. Plastic Bertrand plays World’s Fair music, sort of punk Muzak topped off with vocals in half-spoken French slang. The combination worked big on his smash American single “Ca Plane Pour Moi,” which means either “This life’s for me” or “Are you new in town, sailor?” The song is a one-note send-up of Roxy Music and the Beach Boys that ended up as a huge international hit.
The Plastic People's determined resistance to oppression has been the magnetic core of Czechoslovakia's "Second Culture." Egon Bondy’s Happy Hearts Club Banned, by the Plastic People of the Universe, is simultaneously an historical document and a political act as well as a musical enterprise.
Now I know what it is about Talking Heads that sets them apart from every other act on earth: evolution. Their deal with commerce has a proviso that says they get to evolve. They held out for equity in management, and they’ve held out for artistic values in commercial art. Now, in their second album, More Songs About Buildings and Food (Sire SRK 6058), this time produced by Brian Eno and themselves, Talking Heads have put into production values the absolute magic that the inspirational values of David Byrne’s primitivism provided for those of us lucky enough to be into CBGB when the original Heads were breaking live.
In England, the Clash are as popular as Aerosmith; they are being hailed as the next Sex Pistols. But the U.S. hasn’t heard much of them except through limited import copies of their first album, which was too politically heavy and audially raw for CBS to release in the States.
It’s been more than a decade since the passing of ’Trane. In his lifetime he changed the course of modern jazz, taking it from smoke-filled clubs and speakeasies to the farthest reaches of inner and outer consciousness. When he died, there was much material that had been recorded but never released.
When the two greatest living masters of the craft of the electric guitar get together for a session, all that can come of it is musical history. Such was the case when Chet Atkins, father of thousands of mail-order-trained lead-guitar pickers, joined forces with Les Paul, the man who inspired 50 years of up-and-coming guitar cats and redesigned the shape and electronics of the electric guitar into what it is today.
In jazz it’s the sax, in rock it’s the electric guitar, but in that contradiction in terms called “modern classical” the main instrument is the tape recorder. Elsewhere it’s used as a mirror, and its service as mimic is reflected in the quest for fidelity.
TV GUIDE: The First 25 Years, edited by Jay S. Harris (New York: Simon and Schuster, $14.95). The highest praise that can be given to this book is that I thought of it myself, about two years ago, and even considered writing a letter to Walter Annenberg, publisher of TV Guide, to see if I could land a job compiling it for him.
It kills the mind but leaves the body intact, thanks to the defensive action of the protective rubber-sealed mouthpiece, the carburetor plug with chain attached and the removable stem stoppers that seal in flavor and goodness. The Quick Draw bong has all that and more, namely a Pyrex fish bowl for a base. Only $13 plus $1 postage and handling from Jeiber's Quick Draw, Box 27503, Tucson, Arizona 85719.
“The unique shape of the Joystick enables one to apply firm pressure to those hard-to-reach areas,” says today’s press release. “Just the kind of treatment you’d get from a sympathetic friend!” And for only $20 (just the kind of fine you’d get from a sympathetic judge) you too can let the Joystick do your walking when the urge for a bionic Oriental Shiatsu massage strikes. Joystick uses no electricity, but through its adjustable leverage setting and variable-density rubber “fingertips” you can regulate the intensity of a massage so that it is exactly right for any part of your body, including the liver, pancreas and testicles! Order your Joystick today from Joystick, 256 28th Street, San Francisco, California 94131.
Das kunstgeschichte autokontainen kokainznortingkit ist frum Deustchland ge-imported. Koms mit nikkel-geplated eksteriorkase mit der artengraving, mit der mirror, mit der razor, mit der shnooter vat zu puts in der snotter, und mit also der Sno-Seal vat mit holds der kokaine. Ist gut, ja? Nein! Nein? Ja, das ist only $9 from Stone Wood Imports, 1480 Kleppe Lane, Sparks, Nevada 89431.
Drives Women Wild
Yes, you’ll drive women wild when you clean their bongs, brush their pipes and swab their carbs with these fine erotic dope cleaners from Fine Line Products. Every brush (12—count ’em—12 sizes available) is suitable for cleaning today’s most advanced dope-smoking technology as well as the dearly beloved, nostalgically treasured creaking relics of 1978 (this joke will be funnier in January). Genuine artificial hog-bristle brushes really scrape those sides! Wherever fine paraphernalia is sold.
Sacre bleu! Yves St. Laurent peddling opium. What next, heroin by Halston? Oh, look! Isn't that Andeeeee? At the High Times Christmas party? And isn't that graphics führer Toni Brown with him? And ooooh, isn't that a pie somebody threw onto Andeee?