"Out here in Hawaii," says Warren Dearden, "it's either camouflage or bust." The man should know. A cultural refugee from the '70s, Warren left California for Maui in '72 and hasn't set foot off the island since. Not that he’s got anything against the other 49 states, but with an office under a macadamia nut tree, and banana trees in the backyard, who can blame the man for staying put.
We were in a bind. By the time we’d finally decided on a March cover the bulk of the West Coast growing season was over. As we scoured California and Hawaii for a location, word leaked out to old friends Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. Immediately upon hearing of our dilemma the boys invited High Times publisher Andy Kowl out to the set of their third film.
Kinky Friedman’s analysis of the urban-cowboy myth was wittily perceptive and very often brilliant. I particularly like his comments about the Eagles. My only complaint would be that there were not nearly enough photographs of Kinky with famous C&W artists.
Did you ever get a chance to smoke some “Buddha grass”? Bet you haven’t forgotten it. Because it’s rare—rare as a genuine relic of the True Cross, rare as a Moonie with an independent mind. Once every year or so someone will have some Thai he calls Buddha grass.
Remember Robert Mitchum in Thunder Road, a bunch of booze in the trunk, smashing through the backroads of Tennessee, trying to keep his family’s rum-running operation out of the hands of the feds? Well, all that bootlegging activity carved out a mass of exceptions as regards the search and seizure of automobiles.
DEA CONCOCTS CRIME, PUTS DRUGS ON STREET ANATOMY OF A STING HOW THE SCAM WAS CONCEIVED AND EXECUTED
Before a HIGH TIMES exposé of Buckeye Scientific, a Columbus, Ohio, chemical supply firm, could reach the newsstands, the company’s owner-operator, Richard Hall, was dead. He had been beaten lifeless in a Columbus parking lot (see November and January HIGH TIMES).
HIGH TIMES has determined that at least two chemical companies that have advertised in its pages, besides Buckeye Scientific, have served as informants for the DEA. They are Education Modules, a division of Merrill Scientific in Rochester, New York, and Precision Organic Chemical Company of Alsip, Illinois.
The Student Association for the Study of Hallucinogens (STASH), one of the most venerable institutions to arise out of the 1960s psychedelic revolution, died with dignity on December 31. After 14 years of providing well-researched, honest and objective information on the effects of psychoactive substances, the organization, based in Madison, Wisconsin, decided to sell its assets to pay its increasing debts rather than drift slowly into bankruptcy.
LAS PALMAS, CANARY ISLANDS—It took the military and civil authorities here over a year to decide on the best way to destroy over 5,000 kilograms of hashish seized near this port in October of 1979. The Madrid-based daily, ABC, reported that the navy and national guard had considered burying it at the bottom of the sea but finally decided to burn it.
The Hysterical, Antidrug, Cock ’n’ Bull Story of the Month award goes to the officials of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the gullible media that put this juicy yarn on the national wire: Blaming the illegal killing and butchering of eight to ten moose in New Hamp-shire and Vermont on a “drug ring,” Fish and Game director Charles Barry called the incident “the most bizarre thing we’ve ever encountered.”
LANSING, MICHIGAN—Three sisters, aged 25, 27 and 30, were captured here recently by local police and charged with “joyriding and indecent exposure” after they stole a United Parcel Service truck and took it for a spin. When apprehended they were wearing only tennis shoes and their bodies were smeared all over with mustard.
NEW JAMAICAN PRIME MINISTER PONDERS GANJA LEGALIZATION
KINGSTON, JAMAICA—Newly elected prime minister Edward Seaga, who campaigned mostly on a platform promising fiscal responsibility, told startled reporters recently that he would seriously consider legalization of marijuana. No one would have raised an eyebrow from such a suggestion from his predecessor, Michael Manley, who was more than once accused of coziness with the ganja merchants; but coming from Seaga, so soon after his electoral victory, it surprised many political observers.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has been supplying the chemicals and equipment necessary to start up and supply the black-market laboratories they are commissioned to destroy. They recruit would-be chemists to buy raw materials; they deliver the supplies themselves; they allow the carefully cultivated labs to pump out and sell batches of amphetamines, LSD, methaqualone and other bathtub concoctions.
A glut of sinsemilla is moving across the country from the fall harvest, throwing the pot market into chaos and giving the consumer what looks like the edge for the next few months. As uniformly predicted by growers, cops, smokers and futures traders, this year’s sinse crop was geometrically larger than last year’s; the same will be true next year.
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.
Dear Dr. Schoenfeld: I use cocaine on occasion. But my boyfriend insists coke in any amount can cause stroke and sudden death—even if you've done it before with no adverse side effects. How much coke does it take to cause a stroke? —Breathless in Boston
“Hey buddy, hand me my guitar. No, not that one, the one over there.” It’s seven o’clock in the morning and we’ve been interviewing Johnny Paycheck now for the past five hours. In all that while he’s managed to answer about four of our questions.
Everyone who has ever grown marijuana dreams of the day when it will be legal to do so. For one thing, cannabis is a beautiful ornamental; its foliage is luxuriant, its aroma pleasant. Since marijuana repels most common garden insects, it's useful interplanted in an organic vegetable garden.
I don't make wars. The world we live in makes wars, led and governed by men who pretend they are creatures of morality and integrity, whereas most of them are self-seeking bastards. They make the wars, for increased profits or increased power.
This is how it gets started. One day some crazy man comes to town, bright and early on a market day, and scares everyone half to death with a sudden blast from a brass trumpet out of his mouth, smashing cymbals together between his hands and knees, touching off big plumes of bright-colored smoke out of the sleeves and collar of his big black cloak, while a half-dozen shaven-headed disciples squat all around him squalling and hymning to high heaven.
So much for the scumsuckers, backbiters and fast-talking, self-promoting, coked-up leeches that slither along Rodeo Drive on the prowl, ever ready to belly up to this year's model. Fuck those jackals, thought Johnny Bob. I need a rest. And who better to spend Christmas Day with than Mickey, Minnie and Tinkerbell.
The first time I saw the dread Screaming he had a gun in his hand, intimidating a group of other dreads in a small apartment on Crown Street in Brooklyn. He was angry as he waved the Smith & Wesson .38 special around, threatening to shoot if they did not allow his woman to leave the apartment uninhibited.
What with the whole nation reeling from the effects of the current acid revival, wouldn't it be a shame if we suddenly found ourselves hip deep in the same old cosmic crapola that made us all look like such dips in the late '60s? Well, somebody should tell Warner Brothers to cool it, 'cause with the release of Altered States they've come dangerously close to evoking all that sloppy-minded garbáge.
WE CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING YOU CAN'T DO IN THE BATH
It's not the hot water that leaves you breathless. To attain Jesse's state of bliss, here's what you'll need. Right: Propping her up, the Better Sleep pillow; on the wall, Shell back brush. Below: In the Custom Decor brass soap dish, upper tier: squeezable sponge duck, Shell natural sponge; lower tier: lather up with Pears glycerine soap; a black bar from Magno; or a gentle olive-oil soap from Saint-Secret.
Ever since NASA quit winging flags to the Moon, it's been getting tougher and tougher for mere mortals to really get out there. Of course, you can shell out for a half pound of Marin County's finest, smoke it real fast and hope you see stars. Or for about the same bucks, you can experience the SST. The supersonic transport flies higher and faster than any craft that doesn't splash down in the Pacific.
"Why should everybody be so surprised?" asks the Rev. Jim Jones, with just a touch of smug humor at the commotion caused by his reappearance among the living. "I used to take little old ladies with cancer and reach right into their flesh and pull it out whole.
Mounting violence in the unpleasant Central American republic of Mal Salvagore has prompted considerable friction in the United States between religious groups. The Reagan administration's decision to supply the ruling Salvagorean junta with extensive military assistance has appalled many "mainstream" religious outfits like the Roman Catholic Maryknoll Society, whose nuns and missionaries in Mal Salvagore have been kidnapped, tortured, raped, shot, hanged, mutilated, starved, burned and thrown out of helicopters into the Pacific Ocean by right-wing "vigilantes" who wear Salvagorean military uniforms and answer to the descriptions of noted Salvagorean colonels.
Rev. Dr. Jerry Fallout, founder, chairman, president and treasurer of the First National Church of Jesus H. Christ, Inc., invites spiritual queries from all who are low-down and heavy-laden with care and sin. Although you need not send any money with your letters, please bear in mind that because of the inflation that afflicts us all, even preachers, the budget for the Reverend Fallout's proposed Alabaster Tabernacle and Radio-Satellite Launching Center is currently suffering from a projected $3.7-billion-dollar shortfall.
With ratification of a Constitutional amendment to ban abortions now effectively guaranteed, a coalition of fundamentalist religious activists is pressing for a special rider to the amendment to make the new penalties against abortion not only stiff, but retroactive.
Over ten years ago, I along with many others went underground to oppose U.S. intervention in Vietnam; to try to support the black movement for liberation and human rights; and to oppose the system built on slavery, genocide and colonialism.
For two weeks this past October, the Grateful Dead played a historic stand of eight concerts at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. The band presented a nice mix of old and new material in a special three-set format. Each show began with an acoustic set played before a rustic backdrop.
Live Shots, The Joe Ely Band (MCA MCF3064, British import). Ely is one of the greatest natural resources to come out of Texas since Doug Sahm. His MCA albums show him and songwriter-collaborator Butch Hancock to be among the best writers of their generation, and Ely's tough, expressive vocal style is well suited to the material, which is fresh and never resorts to the prefab cliché that makes so much "progressive country" music sound like deodorant-commercial soundtracks.