Did Bud Bogart really think he could vomit all over those Hawaiian growers without getting caught in a shitstorm of righteous island indignation? Who knows? But when the letters and phone calls started to pour in, Bogart just might have felt that this time he'd rolled more than he could smoke.
It's summertime and everybody's going on vacation, traveling to and fro, visiting loved and hated ones, visiting parents. Some, no doubt, will be traveling through airports on domestic flights. In a recent column ("Getting Off," HIGH TIMES, February '81) we discussed the extensive powers that Customs and DEA people have when dealing with someone entering the country, and though they don't have quite those powers concerning domestic movement, the law is changing and broadening.
There I was at a HIGH TIMES Christmas party sampling some Kauai weed and boasting about how complete my coverage has been of the fast-developing domestic regional reefer varietals. Arizona, Arkansas, Alaska, Oklahoma—I'd sampled and written about them all.
Dr. Stephen H. Pollock, 33, author of Magic Mushroom Cultivation and a founder of Hidden Creek, Inc., the mail-order 'shroom-kit company (a frequent HIGH TIMES advertiser), was shot and killed at his home in San Antonio, Texas, on January 31.
It has taken two years, but federal investigators have finally blown the whistle on the rampant greed and corruption in the homicide squad of Miami’s Metro police. By the time you read this, the U.S. Justice Department may well have indicted as many as 18 detectives who have dabbled in the dope trade and acted as errand boys for reputed cocaine mogul Mario Escandar.
Following on the heels of the now defunct Operation Banco comes Operation Greenback, yet another attempt by the feds to bust drug importers by monitoring the cash flow of the international dope trade. While Banco, the heavily financed Miami project under the control of the Drug Enforcement Administration, proved a dismal failure, Greenback, administered by U.S. Customs and the Internal Revenue Service, with task forces operating not only in Miami, but in Los Angeles and San Francisco as well, is building a track record.
Sergeant Robert Knudsen of the Bellingham, Washington, Police Department stands watch over a steamer-trunk cache of pot and cocaine with an estimated street value seized at a local motal. Bellingham has become an increasingly active drug port over the last few years.
SAN FRANCISCO—A two-time president of the Pharmaceutical Society of San Francisco has been stripped of his assets and given a 25-year suspended sentence following conviction on federal pill-peddling charges. Pharmacist William J. Gamba, 51, was convicted of distributing more than a million tabs of Ritalin, 250,000 Quaaludes, untold quantities of Desoxyn, Biphetamine, Dexedrine, Percodan, Nembutal and Dilaudid through five San Francisco pharmacies.
Renton, Washington, policeman John Iwasaki displays some of the contents of the P.D. evidence room. In his grip is what a local paper referred to as a "marijuana bale." Though difficult to identify in this condition, HIGH TIMES experts have determined that “the thing” is most likely a bundle of confiscated plants that have seen far better days.
Four Americans busted for alleged hash smuggling eight years ago were finally released from a Turkish jail and returned to the United States in February. Some of their grim experiences were chronicled in "Midnight Express." Shown here arriving at Kennedy Airport in New York are (top to bottom) Michael Ray of Little Rock, Arkansas, Kathryn Zenz of Lancaster, Wisconsin, Robert Hubbard of San Antonio, Thxas and Jo Ann McDaniel of Coos Bay, Oregon.
The United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations has rejected a bid by the International Cannabis Alliance for Reform to gain consultative status with the international body. ICAR is an umbrella group of marijuana law reform organizations from around the world founded in 1978.
Readers of “Highwitness News” may recall a column entitled “Outside the Law” that appeared in these pages several months ago. In it, James C. Wilhelm contested arguments for legalization that were published earlier in “Open Letter from a Grower” by Alex Smart.
Some days the newspaper reads like HIGH TIMES. Every major story seems to have a drug twist. It’s that extra bit of spice that sometimes pushes a page 3 story to page 1. The three big ones lately were the Jean Harris murder trial, the Las Vegas Hilton fire and the release of hostages from Iran.
TUSCON, ARIZONA—Capt. Tom Nichols, head of the metropolitan narcotics squad here, had come to Santa Rita High School to deliver a talk on the specter of drug abuse. The goal of his presentation, he later told the Arizona Republic newspaper, was to compare “this life, the one of rights and responsibilities, to that other life, the one centering on profits, drugs and fun” —all of which he apparently considers equally odious.
It was probably inevitable that the many creative entrepreneurs who have made pot a multibillion-dollar business would come up with a wide line of pot products: specifically, marijuana baked goods, marijuana potables and prerolled marijuana cigarettes.
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.
WHATCHA READIN' THERE, buddy? Looks pretty dry." Actually, it's great. It's the proof sheets for an interview with Gordon Liddy. I gotta write an introduction for it, and then they'll run it in this magazine with photos of Liddy and it'll look lots more exciting".
THE COLAS MADE ME FEEL BETTER. I HAD STARTED TO get nervous about this whole deal after the slicked-down reception I'd received in the tinseled, plastic Hollywood offices. But when I saw those colas—big, hairy, juicy buds rising from the more noticeably paper pot bushes—I knew somehow it was going to be all right.
Two hundred dollars' worth of expense money—shot to hell! Two days of my life—shot to hell! Two days in Washington, D.C., watching Ronald Wilson Reagan become the 40th president of the United States, and I have nothing to show for it! I've gone nowhere, seen nothing.
WHEN I FIRST READ THOSE WORDS I WAS A FRESHMAN IN HIGH SCHOOL, LIVING IN SAN FRANCISCO, JUST A long boccie-ball toss from North Beach. For a long time afterward, I was convinced I might be one of Uncle Jack's "mad ones", who would explode across the stars like a "blue center light."
I HADN'T SEEN DAVID SINCE I GOT SENT DOWN. HE WAS WAITING IN the visitor's room, looking like he was afraid he'd catch bad luck. We went through the preliminary how-you-beens, then I asked him if he'd brought me anything to smoke. He started. He reminded me of the many signs he'd driven by after passing the prison entrance that declared it a felony to bring alcohol, firearms or drugs onto the reservation.
The historical literature on cocaine is filled with people who preferred other methods of ingestion besides snorting it. Oral ingestion of cocaine by chewing coca leaves with lime, of course, has been used by the natives of Andean America for thousands of years.
Need a summer job between semesters? Want to get the jump on the rest of the chumps and come back to school next fall in a Mercedes Benz? Well then, you ought to be sorting out your seeds now, and calculating whether to plunge heavily into a lot of high-security indoor growing gear or just pick out a few isolated wilderness plots and take your chances on plantnappers or the law. To help you make up your mind, here's a new VHS videotape cassette, "Marijuana Moonshine". Right there on your TV screen, an authentic botanist (left, in clown disguise) takes you bud-by-leaf through the propagation of two separate grass harvests, outdoor and indoor. Learn how to mix soil and nutrients so's to "shock" your babes into vigorous production. Mold will never tarnish your curing shed once you've seen, before your eyes in total living color, how to handle the process. You can absorb a whole grad course of psychedelic botany in one afternoon of very pretty television and get set up for a smashing entrée when classes open in the autumn. $84.95 ppd. Sardar Corp., Dept. HT, 6882 Trigo Rd., Isla Vista, Cal. 93117.
NEW MEXICO STONEY
No, not those righteous growers of sinsemilla fame. We're talking about these exquisite onyx pipes, handcrafted in Mexico. Large, $10 ppd.; mosaic, $5 ppd. Quetzal Imports, Inc., 5601 Bintliff, Suite 505, Dept. HT, Houston, Tex. 77036.
Then stash it in the closet before The Law sees it. Better yet, use it to hide your bank book, and cache your stash under the mattress. $4.95 ppd. East Lake Distributing, P.O. Box 471, Dept. HT, Kirkland, Wash. 98033.
Is public nudity the answer to civilization's discontents? Ponder that question, if you must, but by all means check out Lee Baxandall's World Guide to Nude Beaches and Recreation (New York: Stonehill), $10.95. And for those too shy to make the scene, 8x20 binoculars that fit in the palm of your hand, weigh less than 8 ounces. $109.95. Edmund Scientific, Dept. HT, 101 E. Gloucester Pike, Barrington, N.J. 08007.
He was eating a combo platter at the Ukrainian Social Club on New York's Lower East Side (pie a la mode for dessert). Joe "King" Carrasco, star of numerous Tex-Mex bands and currently the leader of one of the hottest nuevo-wavo bands in the land, was in town for a special performance on "Saturday Night Live".