As we mark High Times' fifth anniversary, it's fitting to note that our tenth birthday will be celebrated in that most portentous of years—1984. In George Orwell's classic book, the omnipotent Party succeeds in controlling the thoughts and behavior of virtually every citizen by tenaciously eradicating the basic human forces that both link people together and make individuals strong—things such as curiosity, trust, mental unorthodoxy and sexual expression.
I have read with great interest Glenn O'Brien's excellent article entitled "Reading, Writing and Reefer Madness" [High Times, May '79]. As one of the participants included in this monstrous exaggeration, I felt particularly exploited, and I resent the impressions left by NBC and Edwin Newman by their program.
About a hundred letters sent to "Adviser" each month concern one of five basic questions about dope. Here we present the definitive answers to the quintet of ever-popular queries. Q: I am two and a half months pregnant, and I smoke pot every day.
Everyone knows at least one snicker-snicker crab joke. They've been around long enough (there's evidence that crabs were prevalent among the Roman legions, not to mention the barbarians) for a substantial mythology to grow up around this little creature which, although relatively harmless, is about as welcome as VD. The joke, as with most, lasts only until it gets personal.
Pop poet Rod McKuen was pied recently during a reading at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, by Pancho White Villa of the Revolutionary Three Stooges Brigade. Villa says he pied McKuen because "his poetry is junk food. While elsewhere there are poets who are rebellious, experimental and exciting—who are their country's cultural heroes, like Pablo Neruda—we are stuck with a guy who has been doing the same schmaltz for over ten years.
TAMPA, FLORIDA—Customs has officially given up trying to search every single pleasure craft entering South Florida waters for dope. "There are about 400,000 pleasure boats in Florida," points out Customs information chief Jim Dingfelder, who says that henceforth private boaters approaching Florida anywhere south of here need only call Customs by ship-to-shore to get a special number that will preserve their craft from searches.
KELSEYVILLE, CALIFORNIA—Free-base cocaine appears to be an extremely effective treatment for severe rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study conducted on out-patients at the Clear Lake Medical Group here. Doctors report that every single one of the 13 test patients afflicted for years with the painful and crippling disease benefited greatly from regular administration of coke base, with complete remission of arthritis symptoms typically occurring within two weeks.
SANFORD, FLORIDA—The city budget this year is being tapped to the tune of $36,500 for the salaries of two Sanford cops who have been transferred to the statewide DEA Task Force—an operation that a local politico has termed "a haven for malcontents."
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA—People for Rational Marijuana Laws (PRML), a statewide legalization lobby, linked up with Gainesville grower-mover "John Ganja" to underwrite a folk concert on the University of Florida campus here in support of a state decrim bill.
Study Shows Grass Laws Promote Selective Enforcement
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA—Important new evidence that marijuana laws are grossly misused by police has emerged from a new Berkeley legal survey. Working on a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, James F. Mosher of the School of Public Health interviewed 2,510 men between the ages of 20 and 30 to determine their frequency of marijuana use and their consequent risk of being busted for it.
Yippie chieftain Dana Beal has fallen victim to a Nebraska dope dragnet. Beal was indicted by an Omaha federal grand jury along with 23 others for allegedly conspiring to import and distribute 2 tons of pot, 800 pounds of hash, and 25 pounds of Thai sticks over the past four years.
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA—Former Parkland patrolman William Cobb, who shot two men dead for picking magic mushrooms in 1976, has finally been convicted of manslaughter for one of the deaths. Cobb had answered a trespassing complaint upon a field known to be a psilocybin patch and found two Tennessee men there gathering 'shrooms.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Drug Enforcement Administration has published a special bulletin for pharmacists, detailing the most common prescription ploys used by pill doctors and forgers. Apothecaries are to be on the lookout for any doctor who writes out "significantly larger numbers" of scripts, in higher quantities, than other local physicians.
National Student Leaders Stage Annual Dope Contest
Every fall, over 500 of the nation's top student leaders gather in a convention to discuss various issues in higher education. There are many workshops and meetings, but there is one conclave that concerns itself with the very highest matters: the National Joint Caucus.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA—Local and DEA narcs who had spent four months setting up a 1,000-pound grass bust, and then lost the main "target" suspect, displayed great petulance when the three subordinate dealers only drew one-year sentences after conviction.
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA—The U.S. Secret Service has been called in to augment the CIA and DEA narc forces working throughout Colombia. It seems that dope smugglers have branched out into counterfeiting U.S. dollars in the last few years: currently, 65 percent of all foreign counterfeit currency that slips into the United States is printed in Colombia.
LANGLEY, WEST VIRGINIA—The retirement plan for ex-CIA agents doesn't merely include the usual civil-service pension, newly released documents show, but may include brain surgery and drug-induced amnesia as well. According to a 1952 interoffice Langley memo, "disposing of blown agents, exploited defectors and defective trainees" is a major security problem for the secrecy-obsessed spy agency.
BAMBOO TOWN, THE BAHAMAS—Two spooked dope smugglers looking for a safe strip smashed their twin-engine Aero Commander, packed with grass and 'ludes, into a two-story house here. The men, both from Homestead, Florida, were killed, but the family of ten living in the house miraculously escaped injury.
MIAMI, FLORIDA—A "million pounds of marijuana and a billion dollars worth of cocaine" successfully entered this country's black market via one single independent network, the Drug Enforcement Administration proudly declares, before informants tipped it to two Philadelphia/ Miami businessmen who are currently taking the rap for it all.
LIMA, PERU—"If we legalized cocaine," reasons one of the government's top narcotics officials, "we could straighten out Peru's financial problems overnight." This country pulls in an untaxable $3.8 billion per year from its coke wholesalers, points out Lima narc chief Andres Villanueva, whereas its legal exports only bring Peru $3.1 billion.
Agents Lug Snort-Filled Furniture Up Five Flights of Stairs
DEA narcs disguised as commercial movers lugged three massive pieces of carved mahogany furniture up five flights of stairs in Harlem, New York, to plant 30 pounds of snort. The furniture, in on a Lan Chile flight from Lima, caught the attention of Kennedy Customs snoops, who found the table and two massive chairs riddled with compartments full of sneeze.
Well, it's back-to-school time again, kids! You may notice a few new faces among your classmates this year: a few eleventh graders with terminal five-o'clock shadow, some senior girls with more bumps in the blouse than just brassiere. Well, these are narcs, see.
"Right now you could have a railroad car full of pot and they wouldn't do anything to you," gripes New York City special narcotics prosecutor Sterling Johnson. "People aren't even indicting anymore." Prosecutor Sterling's assessment of the current New York marijuana situation may be a little rosier than conditions actually justify, but when he said this he was still reeling from the loss of a 35-pound evidence stash on the grounds that his department couldn't prove it was 100 percent pure marijuana.
The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco (BAFT) has solid proof that moonshine is a thing of the past: in 1978 only 138 stills were raided in the whole country, an all-time low. Moonshine, BAFT explains, has gotten just about as expensive as legit lush lately; and since it generally tastes vile by any standards, and is often contaminated with poisonous lead, demand has been dropping.
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. The THMQ is intended solely for comparative purposes and in no way is meant as an inducement to illegal activity, or as an endorsement of dope usage or trafficking, or as an endorsement of any particular dope.
The Champ of American Letters takes all the tough questions on art, life, death, love, hate, war, drugs, etc., from punk contender
At the age of 56, Norman Mailer has the right to call himself America's Greatest Living Writer—even if he's not. For one thing, maybe he is. He is a great writer. Definitely America's Greatest Macho-Hetero Writer Over Military Age. But even if Mailer's literary genius has dimmed somewhat over the 30 years of his certified greatness, he still would maintain his position on assertion alone.
1974 A century of reefer action in five years; or, time flies when you're having fun
1974 The Vietnamization of the Dope War
1975 The Rockefeller Doctrine
1976 The Rise of the Organization of Dope-Exporting Countries
1977 Losing the Dope War
1978 Paraquat Panic
1979-1984 Will Big Brother Find Happiness with Mary Jane?
It's not just your distorted sense of time. You have been reading this magazine for five years. But just in case you haven't—or you have but were high most of the time—this article will fill in those embarrassing memory gaps. Back in 1974, there were 29 million dopers in America, and the government arrested a half million of them.
The hero of Albert Goldman's forthcoming novel, Haulin' Grass, is a glamorous young American dope smuggler known in Colombia as el Alto Mono Gringo—the Big Blonde from Up North. When the narrator meets the Kid in Santa Marta, they are both under sentence of death for different offenses.
"R.," Dope Connoisseur, Presents: The Five-Year Review
A Taster's Tour of the Highs & Lows, the Whys & Hows Plus "R."'s Top Ten Hits of the Past Half Decade
The Age of Plenty and Variety
The Rise of the Exotics
The Narrowing of the Market
The Colombian Gold Rush
The Rise of "Fool's Gold"
The Advent of Sinsemilla
The Embryonic Third Generation
The five years since the first issue of High Times appeared have seen both dramatic and subtle shifts in the shape of the marijuana market, shifts reflected in the consciousness of millions of Americans and in the culture they create and consume.
In my 20 years of plane wrestling, I've piloted all kinds of birds stuffed with all kinds of cargo. I've carried whores to the Yukon, blood plasma to the Congo, megatons of marimba to North Carolina, and more smart bombs and dumb foot soldiers than I care to remember.
GLOBAL GRASS ROUTES Where it comes from ... and where it goes
Burma/Cambodia/Vietnam/Thailand/Laos (The Southeast Asia Connection)
Five years ago this month Richard Nixon was preparing his resignation speech, Patty Hearst was on the lam with the SLA, and the nation's fuzz had just announced their dope-bust haul for the previous year: a little over ten tons of pot. Ten tons?
At any given minute, some 40,000 Americans are toking up, sniffing a few fine lines of coke, exploring the psychedelic vastness of inner space, floating down the lazy river of time on a 'lude or two, or getting off on countless less familiar concoctions.
Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground ... want the rain without thunder and lightning. The struggle may be a moral one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.
When Jimmy Carter made good on a campaign promise and called for marijuana decriminalization in his major drug-policy message to Congress, I thought that, after all the years of NORML's struggles, we'd really reached the crucial turning point.
NEW YORK CITY—The installation of nonhospital ABCs—alternate birth centers—is decidedly on the increase all around the country, despite the vehement protests of professional obstetrical associations. Giving birth at the state Maternity Center Association's comfortable midtown Manhattan brownstone, many mothers agree, is the next best thing to having a baby at home.
Industrial Energy Conservation Enrages Electric Companies
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA—The energy crisis is now actually beginning to pit some American industrialists against the big energy interests. A major steel plant here recently installed a giant generator to be powered by the steam given off from the steelmaking process, and has thus achieved independence from the Louisiana private utilities.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—The rise of punk rock has clearly reinvigorated the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), which has lately been instigating an enthusiastic series of youth-bashing cop riots, the likes of which haven't been seen since America lost the Vietnam War, putting an end to peacenik demonstrations.
NEW YORK CITY—City architects dipped into several medieval texts on siege warfare and fortress construction recently to get Central Park's exquisite Belvedere Castle back in operation as a meteorological observatory. The Belvedere had been keeping tabs on the unique weather of midtown Manhattan for generations until last year, when vandalism of the meteorological gear finally forced the operation to move to La Guardia Airport in Queens.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Over 600,000 people under 45 in the United States are living in sin, says the Census Bureau. This news has given rise to a frantic search for proper euphemisms in bureaucracies everywhere, as conscientious form designers seek acceptable alternatives to the terms "husband," "wife" and "married couple."
CEDAR CITY, UTAH—The term "generation of guinea pigs," applied by NBC commentator Edwin Newman to contemporary kids doing marijuana, might better have been reserved for kids who were born here shortly before the 1950s, when the United States Army commenced blasting off nukes hundreds of miles upwind in Nevada.
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO—President Valery Giscard d'Estaing of France has definitely gotten in on the ground floor of the Mexican oil boom, to the distress of observers in the European Common Market and the United States. At a recent state visit here, the cunningly urbane and intellectual Giscard went straight to the hearts of the assembled political and petroleum elite.
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA—Field Marshall Idi Amin's personal doctor, Francis N'gnombe, warned that "the fatal herb—ganja—should not be 'liberated' because of the damage it causes on its addicts." Dr. N'gnombe, a native of Zambia trained in Western medicine on Madagascar, made his remarks on a recent tour to Bogota, Colombia, in the midst of this country's heated debate over pot legalization.
KINGSTON, JAMAICA—A "death squad" of off-duty police vigilantes wiped out three leaders of the Jamaican Labor party, including antigovernment firebrand Claudius Massop, during the last newspaper strike here. While the main national daily, the Gleaner, was shut down by the printers' union, the death squad murdered the three, evidently confident that the slayings and the subsequent police cover-up would gain minimal attention in the world press.
LOCH NESS, SCOTLAND—American scientists are currently seeking the Loch Ness monster using a team of Florida dolphins specially trained and outfitted with under-water camera gear. Sponsored by the Boston Academy of Applied Science, the dolphin mission is the brainstorm of Dr. Robert Rines, a Boston patent attorney who has been seeking "Nessie," as he calls the monster, since 1968.
STRASBOURG, FRANCE—In its first-ever decision on freedom of the press, the European Court of Human Rights found the British government guilty when it ruled that the Harold Wilson cabinet in 1972 illegally suppressed an article exposing the baby-deforming trank thalidomide.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND—The City Council is finally asking the Beatles to come back, nearly ten years after their dissolution as a group. The Liverpool city fathers have kicked off their campaign to woo the four-some by putting up eight-foot-tall bronze statues of John, Paul, George and Ringo in the middle of town.
ROME, ITALY—Mier Nahum, an Italian citizen, is suing for the right to practice the Jewish religion here without being taxed for it twice. In 1978, when Nahum reported making 3.1 million lire ($3,400), the Italian Jewish community dunned him for 150,000 lire ($165) in religious taxes.
LONDON, ENGLAND—The National Ecology party (NEP) went on the ballot for the first time ever in this year's general election. The NEP fielded candidates for parliament from 50 parishes, after ecology parties in France and Germany succeeded in getting people elected.
PEKING, CHINA—Mental illness is not unknown in the People's Republic, and in fact seems decidedly on the increase, to go by rising admissions to this country's 30 mental hospitals. For apparently political reasons, almost none of these people are diagnosed as suffering from depression or other stress-caused conditions; all sources of social stress were officially eliminated by the Revolution, and therefore any "crazy" people must be suffering from organic brain disease, concussion or "schizophrenia."
MOSCOW, USSR—Ex-President Nikolai Podgorny dropped completely out of political life this year with an abruptness rivaling that of his dropping of Premier Nikita Khrushchev in 1966. At that time, Podgorny linked up in a celebrated Kremlin troika with Party Leader Leonid Brezhnev and Premier Alexei Kosygin.
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL—Women in Israel faced with compulsory military service now have only to swear that they practice the Orthodox Jewish faith to gain a deferment. The new conscription law was passed by the Knesset here after years of pressure from the Mafdal, the highly conservative religious party; it passed by a close margin of nine votes, after Prime Minister Menachem Begin heavily pressured his own Likud party to vote for it.
HONG KONG, CHINA—Samu Hui, the first Chinese rock star to sing in a Mainland dialect, is currently negotiating with top international show-biz promoters for a tour of Europe and North America. Hui (pronounced Whee) became an instant chart buster here and in Japan and the Philippines with the release of a hard-rock single titled "Private Eyes," vocalized entirely in Cantonese dialect.
NEW DELHI, INDIA—Prime Minister Moraji Desai, 83, has personally proposed to parliament a constitutional amendment to make the slaughter of cattle a federal crime. Desai, a devout Hindu, did so after his religious mentor, Vinobha Bhave, 82, undertook a "fast unto death" to protest the commercial slaughter of cattle in West Bengal and Kerala, two predominantly Muslim states that produce and process beef for export.
CANTON, CHINA—The first functioning brassiere factory in this country since 1948 is going up near here. The Teng Hsiao-ping regime has offered land, buildings and a full work staff to the Wacoal lingerie company of Japan, anticipating a forthcoming demand for Western-style underclothes by hundreds of millions of Chinese women.
U.S. Techs Help South Africa Develop Oil-Free Economy
PIETERMARITZBURG, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA—Research corporations from the United States and several other well-industrialized countries are currently working closely with South African scientists in a feverish attempt to minimize the effect of last spring's cutoff of Iranian oil.
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA—Dr. Kenneth Kaunda has threatened to step down as chief of state unless his top government aides kick booze and go on the wagon. Kaunda, a teetotaler, has pressed a five-year drive to combat alcoholism, but its prevalence here has relentlessly increased, as it has in all other poor countries of the world.
Ronald Biggs, kingpin of the London-to-Glasgow mail-train heist in 1963, is alive and rich and very pissed off in Brazil these days. It seems British Leyland, makers of MGs, Jaguars, Triumphs and New York City's double-decker buses, has mounted an ad campaign boasting that one of its compacts "nips in and out [of traffic] like Ronald Biggs."
No drug is superior to aspirin at reducing mild pain, fever and tissue swelling, although its corrosive effect on the stomach lining, which contributes to the development of peptic ulcers in some people, has given it an exceedingly bad name in recent years.
A 31-year-old man got off an 881-plant marijuana cultivation bust in superior court in San Luis Obispo, California, on the grounds of illegal search—from a helicopter. Judge William Freeman reluctantly quashed the cop-harvested dope as exhibit A, on the grounds that the grass patch, growing deep in the woods, had been inaccessible from any public area, camouflaged by trees with NO TRESPASSING signs on them, and ringed with a six-foot debris fence and barbed wire.
Graham Parker and the Rumour, generally regarded as one of the best new-wave bands, are back after more than a year spent on the recording sidelines. Squeezing Out Sparks (Arista AB4223), the band's first effort on its new label, is a strong collection of nine rockers and one ballad that showcases the gritty vocals and lyrics of Parker and the musical wizardry of the five-piece Rumour.
If one judges a musician by the company he keeps, one must respect Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood. Before joining—some say resurrecting—the Stones, Ron first made a name for himself during an early '70s stint with Rod Stewart and the Small Faces, one of the most raucous and enter-taining bands ever to play American concert halls.
If there is one word to describe Eddie Money's career thus far, it is progression—progression in both talent and popularity. Life for the Taking (CBS 3C35598), Money's second album, I would hesitate to compare with Springsteen's second (The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle), simply because Bruce is a writer with a much more unique voice; but Life reveals as much progress as did E Street for Springsteen.
They call themselves the Boomtown Rats, but they're not from Houston or Phoenix as the name might suggest. No, these six boys are from Ireland, Dublin to be precise, and the boom they mean is boom as in bomb, a frequent sound in the streets of that strife-ridden city.
If you're one of those people who have been listening to the Clash so much that you're getting the shakes, you really ought to pick up on Michael Franks's new LP, Tiger in the Rain (Warner BSK3294). Franks, whose musical career has spanned rock, folk and bluegrass, treats the listener, in this LP, to mellow, cerebral jazz that comes on like a dose of Valium.
Included in the double album Totally Corrupt by the Dial-a-Poem Poets (Giorno Poetry Systems Records GPS 008-009) are some of the best minds (though not always in their best verse) of this and other generations. It is also something of a gobble relic (thank you Ed Sanders) for impressionable young wordsmiths.
Thanks in part to hashish trade routes, jet travel and lightweight recording equipment, a huge selection of Middle Eastern music has become available on records. Besides the more familiar tribal and ritual music of the Middle East there is an ancient classical Arabic music called maqam—dazzling improvisations sung and played on various instruments.
Olivier Messiaen is a hard nut for the avant-garde to crack. His music is unquestionably "out there"—thunderous and intricate. But he has never subjugated his sounds to Cage's chance operations, Schoenberg's laws of atonality or the serialists' mathematical laws of structure.
For most of us, carnival time in Rio conjures up the most delicious and colorful visions: exhilarated crowds bursting with dance, drink, song and sex in a bacchanal of passions, in an orgy of life ... the ultimate high time. Carnival in Rio, lavishly photographed by Douglas and Lena Villiers, with an accompanying text by Albert Goldman, gives us both the photographers' and the writer's view of this spectacle.
Charles Bukowski, first published as a legitimate poet (as opposed to porno-rag "letters-to-the-editor" hack) in 1960, has for the last 20 years been working toward a unique achievement: he has become the Grand Dirty Old Man of American letters.
The Water Wallet is a new invention that has hit it big with the surfers and Maui heads in Hawaii. It's a wallet-style stash made out of plastic suede with two specially designed zip-lock plastic compartments that keep the water off your money, credit cards, keys, loose joints, coke or collection of 'ludes. It's useful for runners, swimmers, boaters and others who don't want to carry their unmentionables loose in their pockets. Two holes between the compartments let you tie the wallet to your belt or pin it to your bathing suit. At $3.98, with a two-week money-back guarantee, it has to be the best stash value for the money that we've seen in a long time. Order from Beach Co., P.O. Box 3833, Honolulu, Hawaii 96801.
It's the dead of night and you're running a load of weed up the coast in a rented van. You've got white-line fever, 30 hours nonstop at the wheel, but you've got to keep driving. Road burn is no longer a problem for the smuggler, runner or long-distance hauler who has an Ionaire 300 Automotive Ionizer plugged into the dashboard next to his Fuzzbuster radar warning device. As featured in the June '77 issue of High Times, ionizers blast the atmosphere inside your van, Mercedes or cab-over-engine 18-wheeler with a steady stream of charged particles that help keep you alert at the wheel and lessen tension and fatigue. This handy device helps keep your reactions sharp as it removes stale and telltale odors and exhaust fumes from inside the car. It installs in moments with only two wires and can be removed and transferred from vehicle to vehicle as the need demands. The Ionaire 300 Automotive Ionizer sells for $99.50 and can be ordered from Alternative Energies Unlimited, 8143 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves, Missouri 63119.
Now you can get high while cooking at home on the range. Just send away for the new Pot Pourri dope cookbook. This collection of stoned recipes has easy instructions for the novice dope chef to follow to make taste-tempting, mouth-watering treats like Home Grown Clam Chowder, Spaghetti Sauce Strung Out, Chicken Pot Pie, Stone Mushroom Soup, Pot Luck Stew and Don't Let Your Meat Loaf. There's a great T-shirt that goes along with the cook-book—a picture of the stoned chef, with the legend "Pot Pourri—Cooking for High Society." Both available for $5.99 plus $.50 postage, from B&B Mailing, P.O. Box 1030, Jackson, Mississippi 49201.
If you've seen Dr. Robert DuPont on "Good Morning America" lately—you remember Dr. DuPont: he was pitched out of NIDA last year for being "soft on drugs"—then you undoubtedly know that marijuana is considerably more lethal than strontium 90 and that deeplung hits of it are only a little less harmful than pulling your lungs out of your chest and slamming them in a car door. But if you score this Healthbong hydropurification gimmick, which selectively percolates all the nonhigh particles out of the smoke and marvelously cools it, you can help keep Dr. DuPont on the breadline. Just be careful not to deep lung off this mother just by habit, because it will drop-kick your gourd straight into next month. The Healthbong couldn't give you even a scratchy throat in a million years, but just two joints worth of boo through it will murder you. DOA, man. Rest in tatters. The Healthbong Smoke Hydrolyzer sells for $34.95 and can be ordered from Healthguard Corp., P.O. Box 60113, Chicago, Illinois 60626.