After reading “R.” ’s article on high Hawaii (HIGH TIMES, “Paradise Regained,” February '80) I couldn’t resist writing. Some friends and I spent a week in Maui last year. It was the most partyin’ place I’ve ever been in—lots of far-out people but no buds.
Q: What’s the lowdown on tar and carcinogens in pot? I can’t believe no one has asked this question, but I don’t think you’ve ever answered it, except to refute the gross lies spread by the DEA and federal purse-string scientists. Is it really possible that deep-toking pot for decades does no permanent damage to our precious lungs?
After 11½ years as the publisher of Screw magazine, there is no doubt in my mind that the strangest place to have sex is in the marital bed. Married couples have elevated sex to such a plateau of unsurpassed mediocrity, such a bawdy ballet of unwaveringly boring repetition.
When the shah was deposed in 1978, one of the first actions the Iranian Revolutionary Council took was to seize communications and broadcast facilities and ax Western programming: "I Love Lucy" was replaced with "I Love Khomeini." The Mullah of All Mullahs had already shown he was hep to the power of electronic communications when he launched his holy war on the Peacock Throne by mass-distributing his messages from exile on cassette tapes.
Let’s talk about the so-called “righteous dealer.” Does he or she exist anymore? Did they ever? What does it mean to be righteous these days besides giving good weight and a fair price? These questions were raised by a communication received at HIGH TIMES from a grass growers' collective in the Southwest that calls itself “Stoney.”
A U.S. district court judge has found the U.S. Army "in violation of military law" and ordered the army to issue honorable discharge certificates to the thousands of Vietnam veterans who were forced to participate in drug-detection tests without warning that the selfincriminating evidence would be used to have them dismissed from service with a less than honorable discharge (LTHD).
July through October. I wake up in the predawn, the sky just beginning to silver over the eastern ridge. Everything's quiet. I slip from bed, pull on camouflage jacket, pat the pocket for the binoculars, step into my pants with water bottle at belt, grab the CB and head for the ridgetop to spend the next three hours staring at the distant roadway.
SAN JUAN—An arrest warrant went out for Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Rafael "Machine Gun" Garcia, after he mysteriously dropped out of sight after a coke bust here involving 13 pounds of uncut snort. The coke turned up at San Juan International Airport Customs among two golf bags and a suitcase that had been carried by a man, according to his flight-ticket itinerary, from Chicago to Miami to Rio, where it was lost; it was reclaimed at Buenos Aires, and went from there to Lima, Caracas, Martinique and San Juan.
Iran Moves 600 Tons of O Under "Fundamentalist" Reign
TEHRAN—One year of nominal domination by the revolutionary Islamic regime of the Ayatollah Khomeini has done this country's opium producers no harm at all. Between manufacturing confrontations with the West and struggling to keep the lid on internal dissident groups, the poorly armed and undisciplined revolutionary forces have had little time to spare for wiping out the smack trade.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND—Any Maori who touches pot or heroin in the next two years will fall foul of a tribal tapu, a taint of supernatural uncleanliness that can bring on irremediable bad luck, wasting sickness, madness and death. Over the years the Maori people, who make up 11 percent of New Zealand's population, have been forced to abandon their traditional way of life.
KINNEWICK, WASHINGTON—Rampant inflation in the local dope racket is turning cops into ripoff artists. "You can pay $60 an ounce for marijuana and still get garbage," complains local police captain Lew Abernathy, who is pleading for a bigger buy-money budget for next year.
SYLMAR, CALIFORNIA—Two commonly prescribed diarrhea medications, Lomotil and Colonil, have distinct opiate properties when taken in high doses, a doctor at the Olive View Medical Center here warns. Both drugs contain diphenoxylate hydrochloride, an antispastic compound related to meperidine, and atropine sulfate, a belladonna alkaloid that is included mainly to discourage people from taking the drugs in high doses.
U.N. Global Narc Commission Drops Canada, Austria and Sweden
NEW YORK CITY—United Nations narco observers anticipate a shift back to old-fashioned, inefficient policies of global dope control, now that the four most "progressive" member nations are slated to be dropped from the 30-member U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
He had barely finished serving one year on probation for a dope conviction when classic rockabilly star Jerry Lee Lewis was busted again at his Hernando, Mississippi, home. Internal Revenue Service agents had come to seize some of the hapless 44-year-old singer's personal property in lieu of unpaid federal taxes when they found unspecified amounts of cocaine and marijuana.
ATLANTA—The prime test case to challenge the constitutionality of Georgia’s pot law nearly flopped before the first trial was played out, when a cop made a blunder that very nearly exonerated all seven defendants in state superior court.
Coptic Leaders Busted on Smuggling Rap: DEA Raids Tokers' Church
Six leaders of the pot-smoking Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church were arrested on smuggling charges following an early morning raid by federal, state and local cops on the group's Star Island mansion off Miami Beach. Six of the 19 Coptics arrested were charged in a federal grand jury indictment with running a "continuous criminal enterprise" involving the smuggling of at least 105 tons of marijuana into Florida since 1973.
An elaborate cocaine-smuggling operation stretching from Lima, Peru, to Laguna Beach, California, was smashed by a series of key arrests recently. The ring is estimated to have brought $72.5 million worth of pure coke into the United States from 1974 to 1979.
By now all of last year's dope has been accounted for—by either friends or foes of the pesky plant. What follows are the stats that indicate a rush of law-enforcement activity attendant to the last burst of 1979's fall Colombian harvest, dope that until just weeks ago was being eagerly sought by a constituency still reeling from spot-market shortages.
In what could be the biggest boon to pot smokers since the invention of the safety match, it now appears that 1980 will see a struggle of titanic proportions for control of the multibillion-dollar pot market as a confrontation shapes up between the Colombian connection and U.S. sinsemilla farmers.
Reefer-Madness Item of the Month: Pot Smoking Makes You Gay
Copping a Buzz
Captain Cook Regurgitated
Death Row: Just a Shot Away
Pot Fells Fireman
"The growing gay population is largely due to cannabis," declared one Vince Stone, president of the Marijuana Education Society of British Columbia. Stone leveled the charge at a B.C. "Social Credit" convention, an open forum convened to discuss human resources.
FEET OF CLAY DEPARTMENT: Enough already. First the new book by Elvis’s in-laws, Elvis, We Love You Tender (New York: Delacorte), tells all about Elvis’s bouts with the needle and his fantastic drug consumption. Now we hear that the King would sometimes tape his trysts on a home bedroom video rig and that copies of these tapes are circulating for $500.
Dr. Funk just wanna testify on mind control, Sir Nose, the Bible, Marcus Wellsby and the Promentalshitbackwashpsychosisenema squad. Say whaa ?
George Clinton didn’t invent the funk—it’s been with us from the beginning of time— but he sure as hell has put it out there where you can work with it. George has given us more funk than anybody since James Brown, the Godfather of Soul. He has also been one of the most underrated major influences on Western civilization for at least 12 years.
Ma Bell hates the FBI. The FBI loathes the CIA. The CIA doesn’t get along with Air Force Intelligence. And none of them is a match for the Great Intergalactic Council headquartered on Ganymede, a satellite of Jupiter, which is out to befuddle, bewilder, betray and ultimately annihilate the entire human race.
Hydroponics: Science Fiction Comes to the Marijuana Market
Start Your Plants
Speed Up the Flower
Marijuana is fun and fascinating to grow, from the first perky sprout to the resinous colas sparkling in the autumn light. This spring, millions of people all over the United States are planting marijuana. If you have a yard, an open terrace or even a sunny window, you can grow it too.
THE 300-YEAR-OLD SOLUTION TO TODAY'S ENERGY PROBLEMS
Steam sucks. And squeezes and pushes. And blows. Like the power of love, the power of steam changed the world, and it just might do it again. Steam power is considered old-fashioned, quaintly archaic, worthy only of study by history scholars and oddball inventors born a century too late.
• One of the finest steam cars still being driven is a 1923 Doble E. 14 owned by a California steam nut. It has well over 500,000 miles on the clock and cruises happily at 85 mph. The monster 6,000-pound car gets 8 to 12 mpg on the highway—not at all bad for a car of that weight and performance.
Who, me, mon cher? No, no, no, I do not mean to be mysterious. How could I conceal anything from you? You know me— my favorite music, my preference in cuisine, even my brand of designer jeans. No, I just want to play weeth you a little bit. Now, guess what's in my hands....
What do you see when you go to a racetrack? Bunch of trackrats, noses buried in the Daily Racing Form. What happens? About every 20 minutes a bunch of horses run around an oval track. One wins, one places, one shows (comes in first, second and third, respectively, and pays off accordingly).
Like the elitist language of any cult, be they coke-mouthed dealers, ’luded-out rock musicians, hipsters, gangsters or thieves, trackrats have their own language, designed to communicate to those inside the track and keep outsiders out.
It’s taken long enough, but every year more and more people are discovering one of America’s choicest recreational chemicals: C18H27NO3. So strong that you can get a buzz from a 1:100,000 solution of it it’s abundantly available in all sorts of different preparations, and places serving it —but only if you know how to ask—are becoming more numerous in our major urban centers.
Before: If you think the meal's going to be too hot for you, drink some milk just before you eat. It'll cool your stomach out and probably your intestines too. During: Most authentic hot food meals come with antidotes, but any milk-based product works: sour cream, yogurt, milk, ice cream or (in a pinch) butter.
Fresh green chiles: Recipes calling for green chiles require the deep green vegetable taste the peppers impart as much as the hot bite. You can buy fresh green chiles in most urban centers from spring to fall, and year round in the Southwest and California.
Among the Burmese villagers he was known as "the man who sees a thousand years,” for old Ling-tu often joined his ancestors in dreams or mingled with his generations in the far future. Many voyages into the land of the dead and the not yet born were etched into his gaunt, lined face.
Bright Future Predicted for Fallout-She1ter Contractor
DALLAS—"Fourteen days is the normal staying period after a nuclear bomb," says Jerry Poarch, who runs a restimulated fallout-shelter construction firm here. "The hole itself is 12 feet deep, according to the landscape. You've got approximately 2 feet of concrete in the top, and 2 more feet of dirt on top of that.
In the late 1960s the United States Army developed an exceptionally potent form of synthetic marijuana for use as a chemical warfare agent. This feat was the culmination of nearly two decades of intensive investigation carried out in secret by the Army Chemical Corps.
NEW YORK CITY—"Wine writers have convinced people they need corks," complains Walter Dudrow, vice-president of the Taylor Wine Company. Faced with an obstinate demand for cork by American wine boozers and a corksupply problem complicated by international power politics, wine makers have tried to switch to screw-type bottle tops and plastic stoppers.
BELMOPAN, BELIZE—The debate over this nation's status as one of the last British dependencies in the Americas is being conducted by two political parties that are not basically opposed at all. The People's United Party, which has led Belize since the establishment of internal self-government in 1964, is anxious to maintain the country's colonial status; the opposition, the United Democratic Party, is trying to show it's even more anxious to stick with the queen.
NORFOLK ISLAND—Quoth Australian home minister R.J. Ellicott: "Norfolk Island is an honored part of the Australian nation and community and, although it has its own identity, it shares fully in our common national life and destiny. May it ever be so."
Legal Hooking Brings Peace To Hamburg's Red-Light District
HAMBURG, WEST GERMANY—The main hazard generated by legalized street prostitution, according to cops on the red-light Reeperbahn beat here, is boredom. For years now the Reeperbahn's "mile of sin"—a special Hamburg borough given over entirely to sidewalk hookers, live sex shows, smut shops, porno theaters and bordellos—has been pulling in up to 40,000 visitors on a night, mainly tourists.
LONDON—When a train bearing radioactive nuke wastes pulled into the Stratford station in London's East End duly at 12:13 one night last fall, three men on the platform leveled a rocket launcher at one of the cars and pulled the trigger at point-blank range.
ATHENS—Hard-pressed Orthodox clergy are blaming the Greek Communist Party for the series of scandals that has effectively ruined several top church figures lately. Unsubstantiated and even disproven rumors about Greek church officials are sufficient to have them severely disciplined in synodal courts, just for "being the subject of reports that scandalize the faithful."
LA VALLE DES MERVEILLES, FRANCE—About 5,000 years ago, people succeeded in making this mountain pass in the south of France into one of the world's most intriguing—and pleasant—archaeological tourist attractions. The tumbled rocks around the "Valley of Miracles" are abundantly decorated with more than 4,000 figures of prehistoric imagery, some weirdly naturalistic and some totally abstract.
TOKYO—Licentiousness among traveling Japanese males has hugely and rather blatantly increased in just the last few years, but so far the only people to publicly complain about it are Japanese women. Recently, the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of Japan, unutterably scandalized, broadcast a resounding condemnation of the many "package sex tours" that have sprung up lately all over the Far East, pandering vigorously to Japanese business types.
KAMPALA, UGANDA—Last year's civil war devastated many of the largest wildlife areas in Uganda and may even have extinguished the last surviving white rhinos. Most of the official blame goes to the retreating armies of Field Marshal Idi Amin, but it's known that troops of the triumphant Tanzanian Army of Liberation also slaughtered animals wholesale and that a brisk trade in horns, skins and game meat flourished for months after the new regime was established.
PEKING—A major scandal erupted here not long ago when a convention of ecologists from Switzerland, Kenya, the United States, the Philippines and China had to move its meeting site because of the earsplitting racket of nearby factories. "Noise pollution in our country has reached an extremely serious stage," a party hack told the People's Daily afterward.
LAE, PAPUA NEW guinea—Another community of isolated "Stone Age" people has turned up, dwelling in a wooded highland valley nearly inaccessible from the coast. An international team of explorers undertaking a global tour (called Operation Drake, after the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world) of uncharted wilderness regions encountered the little aboriginal society while traversing the unknown headwaters of the Strickland River.
The next gold rush will not be headed westward, thanks to recent scientific findings, but straight up. It seems that asteroids, those clumps of space junk orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter, are chock-full of platinum— not to mention iron, nickel and other industrial metals.
TORONTO—It has long been suspected that common food additives play a large role in the development of chronic emotional dysfunctions in children. Now researchers at the Hospital for Sick Children here have determined that the much-used food dye erythrosin B (FD&C red no.
I read the news today. Oh boy, what a headline: ALL OUT PUSH BY RUSSIANS: RED ARMY 25 MILES FROM PAKISTAN. God knows where the bastards will be by the time you read this. The New York Post is trumpeting the end of the world. The ’80s are coming in with a boom.
Old Attar, the Persian drunkard, tells this one: A lover knocked at the door of his beloved. “Who is it?” “It is I.” “Go away. This house will not hold you and I.” The rejected lover retreated into the wilderness. For a long time he prayed and meditated on the beloved’s words.
Hey kids! Jackson Browne wants you! Once again you can relive the heady days of social protest in an atmosphere of utter boredom and self-righteousness. If you’ve been troubled by inflation, depression, rising food and rent prices, no jobs and the end of the world as we know it, just light a joint, sit back and relax.
Contemporary scientific method is a mother. It has the disturbing habit of disregarding its own rules of objectivity, especially when it runs into inexplicable events like UFOs, spontaneous human combustion, rains of frogs or visitations of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVMs for short).
Since the time of Homer, the classic formula for adventure fiction has been to pit recognizable people against unknown, inhospitable environments and bizarre, often dangerous, creatures. The confrontation —whether it be between the wily Odysseus and the Cyclops, Gulliver and the Lilliputians or Joseph Conrad’s seedy adventures and the heart of darkness—has an almost universal appeal.
Centuries past, when paraphernalia was valued with jewelry as one of life's aesthetic pleasures, craftsmen labored at their primitive forges creating designs to delight the eye as the potions of yore dazzled the mind. The ancient masters would have loved these recent creations by 31-year-old sculptor Daniel Riccio as much as he obviously loves theirs.
007, eat your heart out! The complete spook need never worry about bugs on his line with one of these babies in his attaché case. The Secure Communication Control Center, CC-900, is the Rolls-Royce of antitap artillery. This portable system keeps a 24-hour watch on any phone, anywhere.
There are more things cropping up in Kansas than corn, as these little nifties clearly illustrate. Through the miracle of modern plastics, the manufacturers have encased one perfect Kansas cannabis leaf in each of their unique accessories.
With big bold curves, little elegant turrets, concrete slabs stacked like giant building blocks in positions that seem to defy gravity, the Endo Pharmaceutical complex would stand out anywhere. The building—where Percodan, Percodan Demi and other favorite modern-day nostrums are manufactured —is especially striking amid the bland, monotonous industrial buildings and blocks of suburban mass-produced houses that neighbor it in Garden City, New York.