Dear Jerry, Why won't you talk to us? Mick Jagger talked to us, and so did Bob Marley and Norman Mailer. Even G. Gordon fuckin' Liddy, the guy who organized the DEA and came up with Operation Intercept—even our worst, most deadly enemies, have talked to us.
As editorial director, it's imperative that I allocate six or seven hours of each working day for being with famous people, if not personally (God forbid), then via telephonic communication. But after a full day of "Slomanizing," my armpits are quite damp and I'm liable to offend.
As lead singer and mastermind of the New York Dolls, David Johansen was among some of the most influential musicians of the last decade. Though the Dolls never had a Top 40 hit, what they did in the early '70s in rock clubs around the country was eventually picked up and elaborated on and—voilà—punk was born.
It's just about harvest time and everybody from the fat cats leasing the land to the nerd selling the little ceramic pots is standing around waiting for his or her cut: the camouflage people, the greenhouse people, bar owners, hardware-store owners, the seed people.
Did this ever happen to you? You're at a party having a great time when somebody brings out a beautiful, fragrant cola of fresh Oaxacan. You know the kind of Oaxacan I mean, that bright-eyed, brisk and breezy buzz that energizes you, makes you want to get up and dance or make your own kind of music.
MUCH ACTION ON THE HILL OVER ANTI-drug legislation: Three bills, recently smuggled into the halls of Congress, fulfill the dreams of the newly coalesced "reefer madness" lobby and the nightmares of American heads. At a time when dealing with America's multiplicity of real problems—concerning the economy, energy and foreign policy—would take more time than any legislative body has, the lawmakers have opted to confront the burning issues of drug paraphernalia, paraquat and the use of military equipment and personnel for domestic drug interdiction.
THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT Administration is calling it “Operation Firebase," and Select Industries in Walnut Creek, California, is its first real test target. DEA agents, U.S. marshals, local cops and firemen, armed with a civil forfeiture warrant, descended on the company in late spring to confiscate all the “paraphernalia” they could get their hands on.
AS FORECAST IN AUGUST’S HIGH TIMES (See "Cocaine Colonialism: How the Fascists Took Over Bolivia"), a series of high-level plots and attempted coups have finally forced Pres. Luis Garcia Meza to officially announce his resignation. At press time, Bolivia’s council of generals has not announced his successor, but he is expected to assume power on August 6.
JAMAICAN MOURNING OF MARLEY SHOWS POLITICAL POWER OF GANJA
MARLEY RITES SHOW GANJA POWER
AMERICAN POLITICIANS, narcs and other antidrug zealots, who believe they can convince this island republic to paraquat its ganja fields, should consider the funeral of reggae king Bob Marley. In mid May, before Marley’s remains were returned to the mountains of St. Ann where he was born, an enormous ceremony at the National Arena not only marked the passing of a great popular artist, but also testified to the political importance of ganja culture.
JERRY WHATLEY IS A THORN in the side of area narcs. A well-known criminal defense attorney in this idyllic, seaside town, he handles a great many cocaine and other drug cases, and he does it with a personal and courtroom flamboyance. He makes money and spends it, and that can rattle the nerves of the gumshoes who spend their professional time trying to put dope merchants in stir. That’s why, many local observers contend, Whatley recently found himself in the custody of the narcs he so often went up against in court.
SIX MEN, 17.5 POUNDS OF COKE and a four-foot stack of records filled with important names were taken into custody in San Francisco recently in what authorities say may be the first case ever to provide a detailed look at the "society connection" of the Bay Area cocaine trade.
THE SIMPLE, UNCONTRAdicted scientific fact is: Cocaine is not a narcotic." Sound like HIGH TIMES talking? Not at all. This is the opening sentence of an opinion issued by the Appellate Court of the Fourth District of the State of Illinois. It is one of two state-court decisions made in recent months that could affect not only the length of sentences meted out for cocaine charges in Illinois and part of Michigan but also the classification of coke under federal law.
A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS ORdered reinstatement of the ousted deputy regional director in the Drug Enforcement Administration's Northeast region, charging that the narc agency's treatment of the black official "epitomizes" the racial discrimination prevalent in the DEA. Deputy director Carl Jackson had been transferred and demoted early last spring when DEA administrator Peter Bensinger announced a shakeup in the office that oversees agency activities from Maine to Delaware.
IT IS DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE A MORE disgusting example of the Reagan administration's raging hypocrisy than the recent U.S. vote against the World Health Organization’s decision to oppose the marketing of infant formula in Third World countries.
AT LONG LAST, AN ORGANIzation has been set up to locate legal help for Americans who are busted abroad. About 300 U.S. citizens are arrested in other nations every year, and about 50 percent of those are hauled in on drug charges, most for crimes involving marijuana and hashish.
SMUGGLERS, WAR-GAME LOVERS AND government officials from around the world have been watching a classical dope/political intrigue unfold in the battle zones of Lebanon. Long one of the world’s leading producers of fine hashish, Lebanon is now in the midst of perhaps the bloodiest and most hate-filled war of the 30 or so such conflicts now raging on earth.
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.
THE APPARENTLY REAWAKENING NAtional Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws held its first midyear conference for defense lawyers in May at the Playboy Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The conference was immediately proclaimed a resounding success.
The gadfly of the psychiatric establishment takes on sexologists, moral entrepreneurs and drug-happy shrinks
Dr. Thomas Szasz is one of the most courageous and effective champions of individual liberty left in America. Like the fictional McMurphy, the hero of Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Szasz has taken on the real-life "Big Nurses," the therapeutic establishment, the people who want to confine you as "mentally ill" because you think differently, act differently or take different substances than the ones they prescribe as legitimate.
The tourists don't stay here long—just enough to take a breather before heading down to the islands where the weather is clear, the bullets scarce and gambling is provided. The ones that stay, they refer to Miami, their city, as Dodge City. They carry guns, at least one; they seem to expect the worst.
AT TEN O'CLOCK AT NIGHT THE CHINAMAN MAY BE seen in all his glory. In every little cooped-up, dingy cavern of a hut, faint with the odor of burning Josh-lights, and with nothing to see the gloom by save the sickly, guttering tallow candle, were two or three yellow, longtailed vagabonds, coiled up on a sort of short truckle-bed, smoking opium, motionless and with their lustreless eyes turned inward from excess of satisfaction—or rather the recent smoker looks thus, immediately after having passed the pipe to his neighbor—for opium-smoking is a comfortless operation, and requires constant attention.
At Joseph Budwell & Co. we're doing more than providing our customers with a high-quality, easily affordable and domestically grown product. To an area plagued with chronic unemployment we've meant jobs; in a county threatened with insolvency we've generated enormous amounts of capital.
I was not always as you see me now—a middle-aged bachelor of peculiarly repulsive aspect and unmentionable personal habits. At one point in the past I was as pretty and wholesome as anyone else alive at the same point in their pasts: ten fingers, ten toes, clear pretty glossy skin all over, bright little eyes goggling around unfocused in their orbits.
It would greatly simplify matters if cocaine were sold with a list of its contents. Since this is not the case, intuitive judgments must be made as to the quality of the cocaine and the nature of the adulterants present. To be effective, consumer-oriented purification techniques must be general enough to apply under a wide range of circumstances.
Forming a country-western band and calling it the Texas Jewboys was either a very smart or a very stupid thing to do. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Borneo. I was stranded in the jungle for a year and a half once and the idea just crossed my desk. I was living in a Kayan longhouse upriver from the town of Long Lama in Sarawak.
The latest security devices do everything but point out the shiny black shoes.
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Richard P. Greenfield
Say you get word to meet Louie at that fern bar on the corner of First and Front. How many people would like to eavesdrop on that conversation? The competition, Louie's ex-partner, not to mention your uncle on the force and that smiling sergeant on the state narco squad.
Richard (Cheech) Marin fancies art nouveau mostly because the movement is eclectic. So is he—comedian, actoi; guitarist, potter and comber of Cheech’s beach. The Marins’ seaside home in Southern California is a dramatic example of Art Nouveau.
"It was just a matter of time before we tracked him down and clapped the cuffs on him,” grimly smiles Moral Vigilante squad captain Myra Michaels. "With his wrists clapped behind him, Dexter Bailey won't be genociding any more millions of our helpless children yet unborn."
138 I HAVE AN ARCANUM WHICH IS called laudanum [opium], and which is superior to everything when death is to be cheated. Paracelsus 139 IF EVERYONE TOOK TRANQUILIZers, no one would need them. 140 IT IS NOT "CHARAS" BUT A CURSE It burns the chest and heart to its worst.
To understand the obstruction-of-justice trial that followed the Tunas' conviction on the RICO charges, two incidents that occurred during the trial must be related. One is known to the defense lawyers as the Harry Brown number—"Home Run" Harry Brown from Philadelphia.
IN OUR LAST EPISODE, FEARLESS FRANK HAD ONCE AGAIN SINGLE-HANDEDLY TAKEN ON THE EVIL FORCES OF THE RECORDING/REPRESSION industry with a morality play, called Joe's Garage, of such devastating invective that even his closest advisers urged him to mask the concept in a one-record package of "hits."
The Stranglers, one of the best groups to have emerged out of the British new-wave music of the past five years, are as famous for their anarchic, outrageous behavior as for their crisp, hard-driving music. Their mostrecent release, The Gospel According to the Men in Black, references the strange phenomenon of alien men in black who appear after UFO sightings and other parapsychological episodes [see "Men in Black," HIGH TIMES, February '80].