Since Mike Wilmington, who wrote the text for Dennis Stock's James Dean memorial portfolio, has long labored under the delusion that he is James Dean, it only seemed fitting to let him elegize the late Indiana actor. Wilmington is another refugee from the Madison Press Connection —where he drove then feature editor (now HIGH TIMES news editor) Bob LaBrasca to daily distraction with his bloated, slovenly and poorly spelled movie columns.
The king is dead and his daughter's got his millions, and the Scientologists have got his daughter, ergo... Well, maybe not just yet, but insiders report Priscilla "Those Amazing Animals" Presley, has been pushing her daughter, Lisa, into the evil clutches of a bunch of sick and twisted E meter-toting madmen.
Stop the presses. Just when the grass market seemed to be terminally boring and predictable, there are some exciting new developments in the hash world. Not long after my report on Afghani, I found myself in the presence of a very special Lebanese that outclassed anything the Middle East has produced since the Gnostic Gospels.
We have advertised R. Gordon Wasson's latest book, The Wondrous Mushroom: Mycolatry in Mesoamerica, in its paperback edition at $12.95 in your October, November and December issues and are at a loss to understand where the $125 price tag, as highlighted by your reviewer, Dean Latimer, came from.
A funky freighter with a Panamanian flag slips by Cuba, offshore in the fog. Three, four, five torpedoes slash out from the Keys: Pop, pop! "All hands on deck!" "Load 'em up fast." "Full speed ahead." "Aye-aye, captain." Ship ahoy and welcome aboard.
Dear Dr. Schoenfeld: A friend suggested that maybe the reason I can't seem to get pregnant is because I took so much acid in the past that it did something to my chromosomes. Comment? Also, isn't there a safer, less painful way to find out if the Fallopian tubes are clear than shooting dye through them?
POLITICAL WEIRDIES ATTACK SEX, DRUGS, ROCK 'N' ROLL
"John Lennon was a pig," proclaimed U.S. Labor Party conspiracy researcher and Anti-Drug Coalition prima donna Carol White from the stage of the LaSalle Junior High School auditorium. It was a less than gracious remark: Lennon was a week dead and his day of mourning a scant 24 hours away.
MIAMI—The bottom has fallen out of the marijuana market, as wholesalers are faced with saturation quantities of Colombian. Prices on quantities of more than a thousand pounds have been reported at $160 a pound and even lower, the cheapest in years, with credit terms readily available.
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA—Chances are good that marijuana cultivation may be legal here by 1982. Ever since the notion of pot legalization was broached two years ago by the National Association of Financial Institutions (ANIF) here, an increasing number of legitimate industrialists and political and academic figures have swung around solidly behind the idea, and it has received increasing support from the military and judicial factions in the government.
Pot dealers in Nashville are lookin' over their shoulders and tightenin' up security. If you’re lookin' to buy weed there, you’d better know somebody. Police chief Joe Casey, a man with a hard heart and a truckload of misguided opinions, is the cause of the paranoia; he wants to give dealers the chair.
Lydia Cardona, 34, who a federal prosecutor claims “heads what could be Colombia’s biggest drug ring involved in the importation of cocaine into the United States,” was arrested in Miami in mid December. Pleading for a reduction in her record $5-million bail, she told the court through aninterpreter, “I’m an unemployed widow with four small children who need me.
The Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic will hold a four-day conference at the end of April on the effects of drugs on human sexual function. The prime area of consideration will be prescription medications taken by people who suffer from chronic medical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and emotional depression.
A Reading, Pennsylvania, physician and two accomplices have been accused in Pennsylvania state court of illegally prescribing and purchasing amphetamines, using the names of five Philadelphia Phillies, an ex-Phillie and two Phillies wives.
Heroin dealing has never been a very gentlemanly profession but rarely does it turn as vicious as it has this past year in Oakland, California, where two distribution gangs have been shooting and strangling each other for control of the city’s highly profitable trade.
OPTIMISM PREVAILS AS POT LOBBY ENTERS SECOND DECADE
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws emerged in December from its tenth-anniversary conference in Washington, D.C., with renewed energy and a belief among most conferees that the time of financial desperation and organizational disarray was over.
The dope-bust figures for fiscal year 1980 have just been released, displaying a dramatic increase in activity in the southeast smuggler’s corridor. Last year, for the first time in a decade, the feds busted less dope than they had the year before; this year it’s back to business as usual.
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.
Have you ever wondered what kind of sweet, glamorous, smoke-sated life dope photographers for HIGH TIMES lead? Do you get the feeling they do nothing but sit around their studios smoking up the centerfolds, waiting for editors to comb the earth and bring them more beautiful buds so they can mount them on satin or soft flesh and snap away in a sensual frenzy?
MARIHUANA "HARMLESS" NARCOTIC OR MURDEROUS KILLER? HA!
Dr. Gamaliel Nahass
Trans-kappa-218-tetrahydrocannibalmaker (TKTC), a hemidemisemisynthetic homologue of a biologically active fraction of Marihuana smoke, was administered to human laboratory subjects by respirator; intravenous, subcutaneous and intraperitoneal injection by hypodermic; per anum, with the aid of a good stiff clyster and a clutch of husky attendants to hold 'em down; and directly into the periacqueductal gray area of the brain (or maybe the corpus striatum, when Dr. Nahass had the shakes one morning) via cannulas that did not exceed 2.3mm circumference, so as to minimize tissue injury.
Learn Animal Magnetism at Home in Your Spare Time and Enslave the World
You say you've never been hypnotized and, in fact, you regard yourself as too strong-willed, with such a towering intellect that you never could be hypnotized? Despite your overbearing ego, chances are that you have been zapped into a hypnotic trance many times...
LAMB'S BREAD" IS JAMAICAN SINSEMILLA MARIJUANA. IT'S a solid, earthsome, brown-russet, seedless shake, tolerably twiggy, and I've been turning on everyone I know with it, trying to whip up a demand in the Big Apple reefer market. The head is superb, a swing-sing musical head; an uncommonly physical head, for sinsemilla, a mouthful, earful, skinful head that promotes giggle and munch, conduces to dancing, causes you to look at near and common things for a long time, as though they were far away and rarely, faintly precious.
The Hillside Strangler, Stinky the Rapist and Things Go Hump in the Night
ASH WEDNESDAY IN L.A. UNDER A hemorrhaging night sky on the San Diego Freeway, beginning a journey for the beasts of paradise, those leashed and unleashed. Door-to-door maniacs and rabid things. Little girls with knives. Hungry things. The birds of appetite are shrikes sometimes.
While silently savoring the sweet high of that final sticky sinse bud from last year's crop, your thoughts drift ahead to the reality of the upcoming season. There must be a way to extend the precious supply of homegrown smoke until the next harvest without suffering through the seedy overpriced Colombian imports of the summer and fall drought months.
COCAINE IS A DANGEROUS DRUG. It is not marijuana. Cocaine has it own karma of mental and physical effects: Improperly used, it can lead to severe nose, heart and respiratory problems. It can cause sudden death. Whether these sobering realities occur or not is up to the user.
HE WAS THE KID IN DENIM, the kid in leather; the kid on a motorbike; the kid with a joint, hash, peyote, bennies; the kid who fucked and sucked, and, grinning, let himself be fucked and sucked in return. He was the lost kid, the kid without a ma, with a distant disapproving dad; the kid—alone— who liked to prowl the streets past curfew, in wind-strewn alleyways and under the garish, winking neon.
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Ain't nothin' on this page you can buy. Naught. Nada. Look: no prices, no addresses to mail away to. Even Dan Friedman, the graphic designer who lives here, isn't sure where the objects that fill his Greenwich Village loft come from. It's not where he gets this stuff that we want to tell you about—it's how.
Last time this mag had a party, our friends baked a cake. Into the mix they poured a special tribute: three ounces of high-grade homegrown. Our friends sang "Happy Birthday" and cut the cake. Crunch, crunch. Uh-oh, we concluded. So we sought out expert advice.
Who was that tall, slender, exquisitely-coiffed beauty seen slipping discreetly into a limousine next to ever-handsome U.S. president Ronald Reagan in front of Fran O'Brien's exclusive nightclub in romantic, glittery DeeCee last month?
ARIES (21 March—19 April) Don't look now, but Saturn is creeping over into Aries right now, to bring you 14 years of bad luck. Really, I tried! I got the technicians at NASA last winter to broadcast a special appeal to Saturn through the Pioneer probe.
Comfort and Guidance from America's Most Popular Holy Teacher — For Free!
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.
85 No, SIR, THERE IS NOTHING WHICH has been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn. Samuel Johnson 86 NOT WITH A WIMPY BUT A BHANG. S.T Eliot 87 THE DEBASING AND BANEFUL INFLUence of hashish and opium is not restricted to individuals but has manifested itself in nations and races as well.
HINGS ARE GETTING PREUY BAD WHEN HOWARD COSELL HAS TO BREAK IT TO you. It was just another "Monday Night Football" game, a really boring one, in fact, when Cosell breaks into the commentary to point out that this is only a game, ladies and gentlemen, and whatever happens here tonight pales in comparison with the world outside.