Today's marijuana movement has grown from a few hardy seeds of discontent into an ongoing international effort to totally abolish pot prohibition. Change is the order of the day. Every element involved in this movement can gain valuable insights, and a more practical perspective, from a review of the monumentally successful black civil-rights movement.
While I appreciated "R". 's "Myth of the Munchies'' [High Times, "Dope," December '78], I've gotta ask why isn't he pushing "some vegetarian purity line"? After ten years of pot smoking and nearly as many years of a meatless diet, it's my opinion that the heavy, down feeling a person gets after consuming an entire display rack of Hostess products is pretty much the same as the feeling one gets after eating “thick juicy steaks well marbled with tasty fat.”
Q: Recently a friend of mine got back from military service in England with a suitcase full of 300-milligram Mandrax, which he's been selling as Quaaludes for five bucks a hit. He says that's because Mandrax is stronger, but I don't see how that can be true.
The best time to fly a kite is right after smoking a joint. If the wind is good and you have smoked the joint, it's even better. The best wind is a steady wind in late spring or early summer, especially over here in the middle of New York's Central Park.
I remember free love was a lot of fat girls with big tits running around with their shirts off. I remember a pussy was called a pussy, just like it is now. I remember sex was no better, no worse— just the same sloppy mess it's always been. Free love meant it was all right to fuck someone you just met.
Hope. It’s been some time since your faithful dope connoisseur, tirelessly sampling his way through life, has been able to report a major hopeful development in the world of high-class grass. But—aloha, out there—good Hawaiian is trickling back to the mainland.
David "Diamond Dog" Bowie, who plays opposite Marlene Dietrich in the new movie Just a Gigolo, recently went on an African safari and auditioned the music and musicians of the Masai tribe (notorious blood drinkers) for a future recording project.
Asian Poppy Growers Relocated to Bolivian Coca Fields
The government of Bolivia has apparently agreed to allow some 550 members of the Laotian Meo tribe to settle in the heavily forested Ulta-Beni region, the foothills of the coca-producing Jungus Terrace. The Meos, who since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 have lived in squalid refugee camps in Thailand, once made up the bulk of the CIA's crack guerrilla anticommunist forces that operated throughout Southeast Asia.
JONESTOWN, GUYANA—There were enough heavy tranquilizers discovered in Jonestown after the demise of its 900-odd population to adequately serve a city of 66,000 chronic manic-depressives, speculates a University of South Carolina pathologist who investigated the site while the bodies were still warm.
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA—Nobody can currently be busted by state police for possession or sale of psilocybin mushrooms in Florida, thanks to a new ruling by the state supreme court here. The state law against psilocybin possession fails to distinguish Psilocybe cubensis from other varieties of wild mushrooms that look the same but don't contain psilocybin, the court noted.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — The Provincial Drug and Alcohol Commission (PDAC) is pushing for a new law that will empower any police officer to finger any person thought to be "in need of treatment for narcotic dependency," and force that person to be examined by a civilian panel that can send that person to a "detoxification" facility for a period of from six months to three years, without trial or appeal.
NEW BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS— Local cops precipitated a full-scale teenage riot, with over 500 kids repeatedly rushing 35 cops and regrouping over a period of an hour, when they pulled two loose-jays busts in the parking lot of New Bedford High School.
ALBANY, ENGLAND— Convicts at a riotplagued British prison on the Isle of Wight are routinely dosed with tranquilizing drugs, often without their knowledge or consent, a semiconfidential prison publication recently exposed. Though all previous allegations to this effect, voiced by numerous prisoners and their solicitors, had been termed "absolute rubbish" by the British Home Office, an article titled "Treatment of Psychopaths with Depixol" in the restricted-circulation Prison Medical Journal reveals that the compulsory use of minor and heavy tranks has existed for years at Albany, and even in many far less sensitive criminal institutions.
GUADALAJARA, MEXICO —An international narcotics manhunt that police spokespersons termed "intensive and brilliant" was slightly tarnished when its object, alleged Mexican Connection godfather Jaime Herrera, walked casually into custody wearing a Stetson hat, cowboy boots, gold rings and a diamond-studded Rolex.
NAGOYA, japan—Cops here have so far turned up 1,500 certified cashier's checks totaling $3,712,800, made out by respected Japanese banks to known speed smugglers, that have returned to Japan after being taken to South Korea to pay for dope.
Justice Dept. to Cops: Lay Off "Victimless Crimes"
While headline-grabbing politicos like Drug Enforcement Administration chief Peter Bensinger continually call for a renewed crackdown on petty grass smokers, top Washington budget makers are quietly working to deemphasize "victimless crimes" in general and pot toking in particular.
Two Florida-bound "mother ships," carrying a total of 48 tons of Colombiano fume between them, were literally starved into surrendering by the U.S. Coast Guard on the same weekend. The CGC Point Roberts kept the disabled 70-foot freighter Peninsula de Paraduana, anchored off southeast Florida, under surveillance for two weeks after the ship's captain had left her by helicopter, instructing the crew to maintain position.
Two Colombian smugglers died in a plane crash near the village of Uchi in the province of Huanuco, Peru. When the Civil Guard arrived at the crash site 15 minutes later they found 87 bags of basic paste of cocaine, each weighing one kilo. Cops believe the plane contained more blow that was immediately scarfed up by local inhabitants.
It may look like a lot of dope has been going up the incinerator stacks this month, but don't get upset. It may look as though the Dauntless and the Steadfast are scooping whole acres of reefer out of the brine, but that's nothing unusual. This is just the peak of last season's crop in La Guajira, that’s all: damn, in La Guajira there’s dope growing in every direction as far as the eye can see from a DEA helicopter.
Police in Denver have busted what they like to describe as the "first pot-dispensing machine in the United States." Detectives say the "machine" was in the form of a booth in a private house. Buyers, mostly local students, would slide their money through a drawer in the door, and a person sitting inside the booth would slide a quantity of grass and the correct change back.
In 1964, New York City police called nightclub singer Fran Warren down to headquarters to talk about a friend of her husband’s, whom they suspected of illegal activities. When Warren profassed total ignorance of the man’s doings, her home was raided.
They mixed folk with funny, put pot puns on prime time, sto[[edtjeietamWar,eluded Nixon's Plumbers, made some of the best wine in the world,and now they're back on Broadway
Back in the late '50s and early '60s, the Smothers Brothers were among the most popular acts on the folkie circuit, playing the coffee houses that were—along with jazz dives and greaser rock joints—the center of bohemian activities. By combining credible stand-up comedy with credible folk music, they were an incredible combo.
One of the things about life that used to bug Walt Disney was death. He hated the idea of it. "Dad never goes to a funeral if he can help it," daughter Diane once revealed. "If he has to go to one, it plunges him into a reverie which lasts for hours after he's home."
The world's highest highway is also the most dangerous drugsore
The young opium farmer has invited me inside the high mud-packed walls of what he calls his "house," and he is offering me tea and talking about the problems of his profession Opium is grown by everyone around here 'he says without hesitation, looking balefully toward the gun holes through which he and all other male members of his family periodically aim their rifles to ward off marauders from another tribe.
Marjuana, like God, is everywhere. People call it a weed because it was born to be Wild. You can pamper your crop like crazy, but good shit grows wild out of stone walls, mountain cliffs, on roadsides. Marijuana is one of the smartest plants in the world.
How Hollywood learned to get high on the big screen and like it
Well, 1978 has come and gone, possibly never to return again. Whatever else the year in question may have been—and here opinions tend to vary—it was nothing if not a bumper one for dope movies. What's more, it followed directly on the heels of 1977, itself a banner annum for the psychbactive cinema.
You know your opinions are important, and you’ve been waiting for the chance to give the world a piece of your mind. Like the hundreds of other "average Americans" who parade daily across the television screen and pop up on the front page of the newspaper, you too have newsworthy comments about the Mideast situation, the weather, inflation.
In March 1977, I found myself bored with city life and decided to plan my escape. I took what cash I had and fled to the north country, where the marijuana grows high and wide. I knew I could find three things I had to have to "get-rich-quick": good water, a southern exposure and privacy.
I first met Aron Kay when I arrived at the Yipples' Bowery headquarters at 9 Bleecker Street, New York City, in the late fall of '75. There were some real crazies living there, but Aron was the craziest. I had come from Wisconsin for a live-in job at the Yipster Times, America’s only national underground newspaper.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—Congress has passed a new Indian Child Welfare Act that prohibits Utah authorities from routinely resettling Indian children in white households. All Indian custody cases are to be given over to the native tribal councils.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Another great benefit of jogging has been discovered: it kills some of the most unpleasant sorts of people around. Whatever special health benefits it may confer, jogging seems decidedly hazardous to people with what psychologists call a "type A" aggressive, authoritarian personality.
SHASTA TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, CALIFORNIA—This immense tract of wilderness appears to be as absolutely untouched as any spot on the North American continent, but U.S. Forest Service rangers are discovering that in fact it serves as a living museum of American history.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Selective Service has been in what’s called "Deep Standby" since President Nixon abolished the draft in 1974, but the Pentagon is making ominous noises about reviving it. According to General David Jones, the current all-volunteer army would be difficult to "mobilize" in the event of a crisis.
PORTLAND, OREGON—Over 77 percent of this state's residents voted in favor of an initiative in the last election that permits dentures to be made and fitted in patients' mouths by "denturists" —technicians with no more than two years’ training.
Weapons Bazaar—The Electronic Battlefield of the Future
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—"I see battlefields on which we can destroy anything we can locate through instant communications and the almost instantaneous application of highly lethal firepower.... No more than ten years should separate us from the Automated Battlefield."
NAZCA, PERU—The huge and mysterious figures inscribed into the Nazca plains over 1,500 years ago are being rapidly destroyed by modem industrial pollution. The drawings, described as "UFO landing strips" and "space god portraits" in popular books such as Chariots of the Gods, are in imminent danger of being washed away by man-made rains.
MEXICO city—Two recent rape cases in Mexico City have revitalized a floundering women's movement and generated a new and unexpected concern among justice officials about sexual violence against women in this country. In December 1977, a drunken acquaintance of Cecilia Gonzalez, a 22-year-old university student, broke into her apartment and threatened at knife point to rape her.
COLOGNE, WEST GERMANY—This country currently leads the rest of Europe in the development of solar energy, with over 500 companies producing and installing solar heating units in homes and industries. Even though Germany gets less than half the amount of "useful" sunlight that North America does, an advanced solar-design project at the massive new sports palladium here is so technologically promising that the U.S. Department of Energy is underwriting a share of the costs through 1980 in return for a share of the research data.
KESWICK, BORROWDALE, ENGLAND—"The real reason I am wearing boxing gloves," Ray McHaffie called down to the gaping crowd 20 stories directly below him, as he neared the crest of the treacherous Shepherd's Crag rock face near here, "is to keep the chalk off me fingers!" He didn't explain the roller skates just then.
SEVILLA, SPAIN—"The Lord said 'Habeas Papam' and took the tiara, putting it on my head," explains Father Clemente Dominguez of the Carmelite Order of the Holy Visage here. Currently styling himself Pope Gregory XVIII, Father Dominguez warns that the world is shortly to end but that "the Holy Spanish Crusade against communism" should be pressed with unrelenting vigor nonetheless.
OBERGAMMAU, WEST Germany—Next year’s production of the celebrated Obergammau Passion Play will stick with its 100-year-old blatantly anti-Semitic text, rejecting a painstaking revision. The famous Obergammau festival has been held every ten years since 1633, when the Black Plague that ravaged Europe "miraculously" passed over this suburb of Munich.
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL—Ariel Sharon, minister of agriculture and former defense chief credited with winning the 1973 "Yom Kippur War," was accused in parliament here recently of violating his own department's policy on child-labor exploitation.
NARITA, JAPAN—Police still regularly clash with mobs of demonstrators at this colossal airport city, but despite the spectacular violence that ensues, few people get hurt on either side. This lack of injuries can be largely accounted for by the fact that both sides, police and demonstrators, are highly disciplined and equally outfitted with helmets, shields, body armor, gas masks and batons.
TAIJI BAY, JAPAN—The Japanese tuna industry is currently working on systems, including a killer-whale dummy equipped with quadraphonic sound, to frighten dolphins away from their fishnets. After over 1,000 dolphins were killed in a single fishing expedition off Iki Island in 1976, the international outcry was so great that then-prime minister Takeo Fukuda called for immediate research to prevent further such atrocities.
URAYASY, JAPAN—Disney World of Tokyo is tentatively scheduled to open here, nine miles east of the main city, in 1982. It will be the first overseas park from Walt Disney Productions (WDP), and currently the Disney people stand to get a 10 percent equity share in the proceeds, expected to top $185 million in the first year.
CANTON, CHINA—The first commercial U.S.-to-China flight landed here not long ago, bearing 400 Illinois breeding hogs. Days later, another 400 prime Midwestern stud swine were flown into Shanghai International, opening up a prospective $1.5-billion-per-year general Chinese import trade for American suppliers.
KAMPALA, UGANDA—President Idi Amin’s right-hand henchman, Englishman Bob Astles, has evidently been forced to adopt Islam as the price of maintaining his influential government position. Recently, in his rare public appearances around this capital city, Astles has shown up with tribal scars incised in his cheeks—scars similar to those worn by Muslim tribespeople in the southern Sudan.
On their recent ten-concert tour of the Soviet Union, the West Indian reggae-rock band Boney M caused a mass sensation unrivaled in rock history since the Beatles invaded the U.S. in 1965. Though not especially popular in the States, Boney M's Bible-influenced single "By the Rivers of Babylon" was number one in virtually every country in the world throughout the first quarter of 1978.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—The traditionally puritanical Sydney City Council, in an astonishing about-face, has effectively legalized topless sunbathing here. All restrictions on bathing apparel have been officially removed at the south end of Bondi Beach, an internationally celebrated gathering spot for surfers and vacationers.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND—Brian Matauri Poananga, 54, has been appointed chief of staff of the New Zealand Armed Services. He is the first native Maori ever to hold a post of national responsibility in New Zealand's white-dominated government.
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA—Cows' gallstones are selling at $69 per powdered ounce as aphrodisiac preparations here. The Queensland Chemical Company is pulling in thousands from frustrated Aussies and may begin packaging the stuff under a patented brand name for export.
The very food given to laboratory rats and mice by lab technicians has been found to be itself carcinogenic. Out of the nine main preparations of food routinely given to lab animals, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers determined that eight contain a significant amount of NMDA, a chemical known to cause liver cancer in animals.
The constitutional right to privacy doesn't protect people aboard boats, according to the Florida U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The decision is seen as a broadening of federal Customs' power to stop and board seagoing vessels anywhere within the 12-mile Customs limit for document checks, whether or not there's any previous indication that such actions are necessary.
All right, 'ites, jimmy’s finally out of limbo and back on the scene with Give Thankx (Warners BSK 3240), his long awaited follow-up to the 1976 In Concert LP and a worthy successor to the trend-setting soundtrack from The Harder They Come. Even though that flick propelled Cliff to instant cult-hero status, there seemed to be a bit of a backlash operating.
Dick Lee is a British detective (now working as an investigative writer in Oxford-shire) who commanded a secret task force code named Operation Julie that last year uncovered the greatest LSD ring ever discovered. The book, which is confined pretty much to the two years of undercover work that led to the arrest of 120 people, is a good read for anyone interested in LSD and its smuggling.
WHO WAS JACK RUBY?, by Seth Kantor (New York: Everest House, $8.95).
Seth Kantor, the author of Who Was Jack Ruby?, is an important witness in the Kennedy assassination investigations. Kantor, a Dallas newspaperman, talked to his sometime acquaintance Jack Ruby at Parkland Hospital shortly after President Kennedy was gunned down.
Dropping the papers in the bathwater isn’t funny—and neither is laying out a line of coke and snorting up soap flakes. That’s why Dynamic Home Enterprises came up with the Bath Reading Rack—a handy tubside lucite thingummy that holds your grass, speed, smack, ’ludes, coke, opium, tube of glue and latest issue of Poontang Fancier’s Journal as well. It’s adjustable, corrosion free, satisfaction guaranteed, handy as hell and only $39.95 plus two bucks vigorish to Dynamic Home Enterprises, Dept. N52, GPO 2073, New York, N.Y. 10001.
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You’re walking through the Casbah, right? You find the right shop and you get inside. What do you say? How about just opening up your oxford-cloth button-down shirt to reveal this message T-shirt, which says "hashish" to every literate Arabian. Literate Americans won't know it from "mazeltov," so don't be paranoid stateside. Priced at $5.95 plus $.50 postage, this 100 percent cottonshirt comes in sizes petite, small, medium, large or extra large; order from Palomer, Box 480069, Los Angeles, Ca. 90048.
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After your 7,000th LSD trip—after MDA and PCP have become just so much brain candy for you—when coke has burned a hole in your septum that you could hang a camp kettle through—what is left then, pilgrim, if not Everclear 190-proof grain alcohol, distilled in Pekin, Illinois; San Francisco, California; or Petersburg, Virginia, whichever's handiest? Everclear, "distilled from 100 percent selected grains," is getting rave reviews everywhere: you can burn-sterilize microbiological lab apparati with it, synthesize ethers and esters out of it, or transmute your liver tissue into beautiful African mahogany with just regular administration of a couple ounces suspended in orange juice or lemonade.
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If there's dope in street-punk heaven, you can be sure James Dean and Sal Mineo are passing their roaches back and forth using a real Switchblade Roachclip from Stoned Sales ($3.95 plus $.50 postage to 2316 N. Neva, DF, Chicago, Ill. 60635). Just press the little button on the side and the clip snaps out and automatically locks into position. Along with the attached key chain it may not be worth scratch in a fight, but it'll sure cut the mustard with your doper friends.