In what at first may appear to be a shocking reversal of established policy, this magazine, this month, is encouraging people not to take dope: specifically, to boycott Bolivian cocaine. This course of action was arrived at after grave and agonizing deliberation.
HIGH TIMES Salutes the Gangbanging Firemen of Kansas City, Mo.
Species to the Defense!
Up From Trenchtown
Head of the Month
I Remember Nepal
Found the Answers
When Michael Reynolds swaggered into our offices back in early February with his black leather jacket and mirrored shades, the secretaries swooned and the editors jockeyed for position. His reputation preceded him: charming, brutal, with a keen interest in quality weaponry.
Criminal lawyers are constantly arguing about possession. What is possession? Who is in possession? How can possession be proved? There are no real sharp lines that can be drawn to distinguish the different facts that will or won't show possession.
HOW COME I always end up trying to defend HIGH TIMES from mass indignation among its readers? Probably because I'm one of the few writers or editorial people connected with the magazine who still actually enjoys and smokes marijuana. You'd be surprised how many of the staff don't smoke dope, don't even like it.
THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTAtives Select Committee on Narcotics Abuseand Control did not get its act together before taking it on the road. The committee's Los Angeles debut, ballyhooed as an event that could"blow the lid off"the Hollywood drug scene, in effect produced only one thing you could call a bust—the hearing itself.
THE POLITICAL CAMPAIGN to legalize pot retains its momentum here. Congressional lobbying, coordinated by the National Association of Financial Institutions (ANIF), recently gained important support when the state assembly of the marimba-producing Department of Meta declared its full support of the marijuana package to be voted on late this summer by the national congress.
VERSATILE SMUGGLING RING POPPED DURING COLOMBIAN CARNIVAL FEST
'LUDEAS, BOOZE, CUTS AND GADGETS SEIZED
WHILE MOST OF THE POPUlace here was busy pouring booze and dancing to the beat of tropical drums, a team of zealous officials from the narcotics group of the attorney general's office—who have replaced the military as Colombia's drug enforcers— conducted a highly successful raid against a multifaceted smuggling ring.
COMPUTRON TECHNOLOgies Corporation, a computer software firm intimately linked to the political front groups of dangerous right-wing crackpot Lyndon LaRouche, has filed a bankruptcy petition in federal district court. Just what effect Computron's financial difficulties will have on the National Anti-Drug Coalition, one of LaRouche’s most active shills these days, is still uncertain; but the bankruptcy suit has exposed a deep split in the hierarchy of the previously tight-knit claque.
PETER BENSINGER, HEAD of the Drug Enforcement Administration since late 1975, has finally been given the boot and will leave office on July 10. For the first few months of 1981, Bensinger had waged a frantic lobbying campaign to retain the funding and status of the narc agency in the face of sweeping Reagan budget cuts.
THE NOTORIOUS “DOPE STA-lag” on Brannan Lake north of Vancouver, British Columbia, has finally been put out of commission. In 1979, the B.C. provincial legislature passed a law providing for “compulsory detoxification” of anyone deemed to be suffering from “narcotics addiction."
CORRECTIONS OFFICIALS claim Larry Isaac, 26, smuggled 1,000 hits of acid into Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish Prison after he was arrested on LSD charges in February. His friskers apparently failed in their strip-search to cover all of Isaac’s anatomy; he had hidden the stuff, they say, between his rolls of body fat.
BRITISH BEACHCOMBERS from Land’s End to Portsmouth were solemnly cautioned by Her Majesty’s customs officers not to touch any of the soggy bales of vegetable matter floating ashore early this spring, lest they get “their fingers badly burned.”
AMANITA MUSCARIA, THE BIG, RED, white-dappled magic mushroom that primitive medicine men have been using since the Stone Age to promote ceremonial trance states, contains a substance that is just as good as morphine at killing pain. According to the Danish School of Pharmacy in Amsterdam, Amanita's main psychotropic ingredient, muscimol, can be molecularly rearranged into an analgesic as potent as morphine, but without morphine’s addictive property.
PAPA PHILLIPS PULLS 30 DAYS, WHILE ABBIE GETS THREE YEARS
ON EXACTLY THE SAME spring day, Abbie Hoffman, a longtime activist for social causes, and John Phillips, former leader of the 1960s rock group the Mamas and Papas, were sentenced in New York for separate drug offenses. Hoffman, convicted of selling three pounds of cocaine to a narcotics agent, was handed a solid three-year term, of which he will likely have to serve one before becoming eligible for parole.
"Feed your head," Alice exhorted the world before she bit into the mushroom. The nation's dope dealers have taken this advice to the marketplace. Mushroom people now nearly outnumber acidheads. To judge by the volume of mail and on-site reports from our correspondents, the growing popularity of mushroom highs may soon make the funky fungus America’s number one psychedelic of choice.
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.
Lassie's co-star on Nixon, Marilyn Monroe and cocaine
He was cute and a natural ham, so when a drama-teacher neighbor in his Manhattan apartment house suggested to Tommy Rettig's mother that he try out for the child lead in "Annie Get Your Gun," it was no surprise that the five-year-old prodigy got the part.
No one seems quite sure why it's happening, but dope dealers, dope users and antidope crusaders all agree: More people are swallowing acid these days than at any time since the early 1970s. And according to all sources, the acid they're swallowing is mostly of the blotter variety.
PICHICATA, the movers in Bolivia call it: "the piss." If they feel that way about coke, imagine how they feel toward the norteamericano piss-ants who toot it. Still, it is far better to be in North America tooting cocaine than in Bolivia, under the official sway of these people who move it.
HOW IHE FASCISTS TOOK OVER BOLIVIA
A strange plan was conceived a few years ago when Gen. Hugo Banzer was running Bolivia. The brain-
THE HIGH TIMES COCAINE BUREAU
It works like this, most often, these days. The big green coca shrubs grow out of the ground in Bolivia, on vast industrial-agriculture hillside terraces tended by farmers who have been taught how to grow coca by the regional "mafiosi"—alliances of wealthy families, mainly the in-laws of the biggest regional landowners, and their paramilitary security and enforcement squads.
This is a story about a man who enjoyed few things in life more whole-heartedly than to pump thousands of volts of electric current through his body, with sizzling arcs of Technicolor lightning forking and clashing around him like all Frankenstein, causing banks of electric bulbs to flash on and off with every shake of his head, and causing steel plates to dissolve at the mere touch of his forefinger.
THE WIND OUTSIDE WAS howling louder than a full-blown chorus of coyotes, and buckets of hard rain lashed the windows like shotgun pellets. Lightning struck the big power line just east of us and turned night into day for a lingering instant.
ALWAYS WE AWAKE TO OUR METAMORPHOSED CONDITION, to the awareness that the strange body in the bed is our own. Women awake and discover, after centuries of dreaming, that they are men. Worms awaken into birds and music bursts from their astonished throats.
IT IS RELATED IN THE TONGUE OF THE ARABS OF AL-ISLAM THAT late one night, when the wazeer Noor al-Deen Ibrahim had pleasured himself with one of the handmaids of his servants, in the fields where she worked in the Rif Mountains of Morocco, the great man lying on his back in excess of contentment looked up into the firmament above him.
They say that angel dust is for fools, martinis for the middleaged and cocaine kind of a kick for chicks. To propositions one and two, this female connoisseur wholeheartedly subscribes. About proposition three, however, that's another story.
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As all-American as a Ball jar, this beautiful stash tin has been around for years. The latest model is airand water-tight, thanks to strongbox latches and a gasket tucked in the lid. $10.75 ppd. The Great Rose, Dept. HT, Box 2821, San Rafael, CA 94912.
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This fail-safe little widget measures out one-line hits of your favorite snuff and stores several hits at a time. Caution: This article should not repeat not be used for stirring coffee. Each, $5 ppd. Snooty Tooter, Dept. HT, P.O. Box 1211, Reseda, CA 91335.
My roommate has one final question before I take off. "Aren't you going to be in dual-controlled cars?" "Uh-uh." He looks at me real close, like it's the last-ever time he's going to see my face. "You mean they're gonna let you run amok in a formula car with a bunch of other maniacs?" "It's racing-car driver school.
AL MURPHY—chauffeur to the elite of the entertainment world—is booked by all the biggies. Why? 'Cause he drives the most glamorous stretch limo in New York. Also 'cause of his ability to carry out "special instructions." All requests are honored.
Charlotte Sowe, known and loved by millions of TV viewers as "Miss Piggy," was reportedly found unconscious in a motel room on San Francisco's grimy Embarcadero Street last month, the victim of a pills-and-alcohol overdose. "We were all shocked and saddened to hear of this tragic event," a spokeswoman for PBS-TV personality Kermit "the Frog" Squamusco told the press in New York.
Our Middle-aged-American Expert Death has not yet come to the house where "Jimmy"—Mr. R. James O'Keefe—lives, with his wife, Theresa, in a pleasant-looking Virginia suburb. But it draws nearer every day, with implacable certainty, every time 40-year-old "Jimmy" is visited by his "pusher," a 26-year-old marijuana peddler whom we will call "Carl" in this story, because ifhis real identity were to be divulged in "Seeds 'n' Stems," Carl has threatened me, he will personally nail one end of my entrails to a tree and chase me around it, "until you run out of rope."
It's been a bum booter of a few months here at State. Hell, by the time you bong biters read this, the only thing that stands between you and a horde of yellow-toothed, close-cropped Russian commies, me, may well be out of a job. And believe me, if that happens you might as well stick your head in the microwave oven and set it on, dummy—because them Russians are going to be surfing ashore all over California, not to mention landing clam boats all over the Martha friggin' Vineyard.
127 ALL LAWS WHICH CAN BE VIOLATed without doing anyone an injury are laughed at. Nay, so far are they from doing anything to control the desires and passions of men that, on the contrary, they direct and incite men's thoughts the more toward those very objects; for we always strive toward what is forbidden and desire the things we are not allowed to have.
The Who played what many insiders claim was their last concert ever on March 28 in a special performance along with the Grateful Dead. The show was a German production called Rockpalast, a concert series designed to defray the cost of admission by televising the event over various networks.