The junkies, if they were junkies, had a whole three-day weekend to clean the place out, but when we came back to work on Tuesday and found the fire-escape door ajar, what was missing? Why, one electric typewriter—one typewriter out of a dozen —and the executive secretary's Rolodex.
Editor: There is a way for those of us who smoke weed to make the job of exterminating our treasured marijuana virtually impossible. Instead of dumping the seeds from your sifted stash Into the trash, why not save them in a jar, and come springtime go to a park, empty field, town square—what ever—and just throw them on the ground.
When Jake Riviera, Elvis Costello's and Nick Lowe's manager, heard a demo of Jo Marshall singing, "Cops rip up my tickets/everyone believes my lies/the judge always sets me free/because of my big brown eyes, he immediately rang her up and arranged to meet for dinner that very night.
SOPHISTICATED connoisseurs and serious students of Cannabis botany know that the real excitement, the hot action, the feverish experimentation, the triumphant discoveries, are no longer taking place in growing the weed but in breeding the seed: Pedigreed-weed-seed breeding has developed into the kind of rarefied art and science that breeding the bloodlines of fine Arabian horses has always been.
DR. ROBERT DUPONT, ADministrator of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) from 1971 to 1978, has discovered proof that pot smoking causes heroin addiction. "Marijuana use causes heroin use," concludes the NIDA director, "and heroin use is highly correlated with addiction."
GO PAST THE LETFUCE PATCH IN FRANK AND HAZEL'S GARDEN, TURN LEFT at the pot patch, step carefully through the sugar beets, around the next pot patch—and right under the four apricot trees over yonder, there's Frank and Thelma's pride and joy: a dozen or so female plants, grown from what they were guaranteed were Thai seeds, which they're tenderly manicuring into what they hope to sell as sinsemilla.
LICENSE TO KILL: SUPREME COURT OKAYS L.A. DEATH GRIP
ALTHOUGH HUG-HAPPY LOS Angeles fuzz have already strangled 11 people to death in the line of duty, Supreme Court justice William Rehnquist has given the notorious 6,500-member police force permission to continue using “choke holds” that restrain suspects by rendering them unconscious.
THE JUSTICE-IS-BLIND-And-Possibly-Insane Award goes this month to the Virginia Supreme Court for refusing to hear the appeal of a 33-year-old man sentenced to five years in prison for visiting his chronically ill parents. In a punishment with oddly medieval overtones, Jerry Webster was banned for life from Chesapeake, Virginia, after being convicted of possessing an ounce of marijuana in 1974.
A STARTLING DISCOVERY may mean the end of the dairy industry and motherhood. According to the September issue of Science News, researchers at the Wellcome Research Laboratories in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, report that both human and cow milk are naturally spiced with a tiny amount of morphine and, like the DEA when it comes to stopping the heroin traffic, they have no idea how it gets there.
GOD BLESS AMERICA! AND why not? If you’re a high-rollin’ heroin dealer with a crew of bought-off cops and politicians at your command, this is the land of milk sugar and stretch limos. But if you’re some poor schmuck trying to eke out a buck with a harvest of ditchweed, you better be cool: The forces of law and order have you targeted for a cell.
WHEN THE HEAT FOUND Richard Combs, 20, dozing in a car next to a gas station, they advised an overnight snooze in the local dungeon. Combs wasn’t charged with anything. In the cell next to his, however, were several bales of grass being held as evidence in a dope case.
THE WHIFFING OF GLUE AND other solvents is no excuse for behaving as though one were brain damaged, a Welsh jury recently affirmed, after learning that the whiffing of these substances does not cause brain damage in the slightest. After the testimony of some of Great Britain’s foremost drug experts convinced them of this, the jurors flatly turned down the claim of a 16-year-old boy’s solicitor that the youth had been suffering from "diminished capacity” on the night he murdered his grandmother, thanks to a long and intensive history of whiffing solvents.
PRELIMINARY REPORTS FROM the People’s Republic of China indicate that consumption of Cannabis sativa may lengthen your life. According to the May 1981 edition of China Pictorial, in Bama County in southern China, where wonder weed is a regular part of the diet, 32 of the area's 230,000 residents are centenarians and 269 are nonagenarians.
THE SIX TONS OF MARIjuana busted on the beach at Mashpee, Massachusetts (see “Highwitness News,” August '81), just goes on giving everyone the willies—except for lucky consumers all over the country who smoked up nearly two tons of it that was subsequently nipped out of the state-police evidence bin here.
NEOFASCIST 'ANTI-DRUG’ GROUP ILLEGALLY SOLICITS FUNDS
THE NATIONAL ANTI-DRUG Coalition, a front for neo-fascist mastermind Lyndon LaRouche, Jr., former United States Labor Party czar, has been illegally soliciting funds for two years to finance its propaganda campaign, according to a published report in the Chicago Sun-Times.
NEOFASCIST ‘ANTI-DRUG’ GROUP ILLEGALLY SOLICITS FUNDS
REAGANOMICS DRIVES GREAT-GRANDPA INTO POT BIZ
WHILE THE LOPSIDED REpublican budget has proved a bonanza for arms dealers, Arab oil sheiks and multinational corporations, an impoverished 70-year-old great-grandfather charged with selling grass said he needed the extra income to supplement his meager social-security checks.
Mushrooms have become the most popular psychedelic in America, and one of the most popular of all recreational drugs, right behind pot. This was the conclusion of most confreres who attended the third annual Myco-media Conference, held in the late fall in Olympia, Washington.
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.
QUAALUDES (methaqualone) aka 'ludes, sopors, disco biscuits, etc.
CHARGES: Addictive as barbiturates, with bone-crunching convulsive withdrawals. Terrible overdose hazard. Irresistible aphrodisiac properties. Widely bootlegged, sometimes with poisonous ingredients. USE & EFFECTS: Methaqualone was developed in the '60s as a "sedative hypnotic" that would be safer and less addictive than barbiturates like Seconal and Tuinal.
From pot farmer to dope czar: This is the secret dream of every Humboldt County cannabis cultivator. But last year it was achieved by a good old boy from the deep South, when Ronald Reagan reached out and plucked Dr. Carlton Turner from the sultry bayou bottomland of Louisiana and installed him as the White House special adviser on drugs.
A DOZEN multicolored spotlights blared down onstage and the band roared their intensity back tenfold "Ro-o-o-o-o-o-o-oll,"urged Lowell George, his massive frame shaking from the effort, one hand throttling the microphone stand and the other clenched tightly to the neck of his guitar, sweat matting his long hair to his forehead and the side of his face.
LANGUAGE SHAPES OUR ENVIRONment. It is impossible to have thoughts without words. This well-established fact seems to be completely ignored by reporters and broadcasters who claim to be "objective" while using heavily loaded language.
Harry Towns had everything a man could ask for: a slew of foxy girl friends and an almost endless supply of Peruvian rock. Then his mother died. . .
Bruce Jay Friedman
When it was good, it was of a smooth consistency and white as Christmas snow. If Harry Towns had a slim silver-foil packet of it against his thigh—which he did two or three nights a week—he felt rich and fortified, almost as though he were carrying a gun.
RIGHT UNDER THE NOSE OF U.S. CUSTOMS, AN ELITE GROUP OF SMUGGLERS PLY A LUCRATIVE NEW TRADE ... IN BIRDS
ON A DUSTY SIDESTREET OFF TIJUANA'S AVENUE REVOLUCION, A CHUBBY, DULL-EYED BOY OF ABOUT 14 LOUNGES IN THE WIDE DOORWAY OF A SHOP and gestures listlessly to the occasional passerby to enter. Inside, cheap pottery and macrame owls share space with other staples of the border-town tourist trade.
OPIUM MAY BE LIKENED to the stupefying medicines of kidnappers and the poisonous drugs of sorcerers, all used by them to seize upon and destroy the property of innocent individuals. —Lin Tse-hsu, special narcotics commissioner for Guangdong Province, China, 1839-1840
THEY CAN HEAR US COMING a long way off, plunging through the dense jungle underbrush. The BaTuri, say the People of the Forest, scare off all the game with their noise. But the BaTuri are paying for the hunt, and the BaTuri bring T-shirts and ballpoint pens and money to buy cigarettes and beer.
The usual way to start a new marijuana crop is to plant seeds. About half of the resulting plants will be male. The remaining females will be of varying quality even if their background is certain. Most flower and vegetable seed sold in the United States is standardized.
Brothers Bob and Jerry Casales—;who make up one-half of Devo— were raised in Akron, Ohio—the birthplace of their de-evolution concept. "We came from an atmosphere of overstuffed chairs," recalls Bob, "but we grew up in a purely industrialized area.
It's always struck us that compared to the really great social rituals—the Japanese tea ceremony, even the three-martini lunch—this business of leaning over the mirror, bunda to the winds, or getting down on one's knees to snuffle off a coffee, table lacked class. Finally there's an apparat you could use In the most pinky-bending situations. Place snuffables In the top of the atomizer, press the rubber bulb, and material is forced to your most sensitive membranes. Ends messy sniffing and snorting. The Snowblower, $26.95 ppd., from Ski, Inc., P.O. Box 19193, Cleveland, OH 44119.
There's stuff that should be kept fresh and moist. Then there's stuff that should be kept dry for maximum enjoyment. Baking soda, f'r instance. Ever take down your baking soda only to find the original snowy substance reduced to a sodden lump? The Rapid Dryer keeps the elements out of your stash. The two-ounce jars have a desiccant in the lid that tells you when it needs to be recharged. When the color of the lid turns pink. just pop the top in the oven to dry it out. $36 at retail outlets. From D-Hydro Distributors.
Why spend money on expensive gurus, shrinks and cult leaders? For a fraction of the cost you can relieve stress and achieve electronic bliss with Retreat. Each unit generates electronic "white" and "pink" noise—similar to the sound of a railroad or a train taking off—that takes over your consciousness when you don the earplugs. Each relaxation cycle takes about 20 minutes. If you're the kind of person who sleeps like a baby every time you get on the subway, Retreat may be your first resort. List price is $139.99, at retail outlets. From Omnitronics Research.
With the marketplace flooded with novelty items, a real novelty Is a pipe that's no less than it pretends to be. The generic waterpipe apes the no-frills brands that line the aisles of supermarkets at a price to match its austere appearance. Left, $4.25, and right, $6, at retail outlets. From Marigold Pipe Co.
Ever since a half million souls crashed the gates at a rock festival called Woodstock, the electronic media have been scrambling for the combination that would unlock that so-called youth market. The broadcast networks finally hit, In the middle of the last decade, with a variety-comedy-show formula that featured big-name rock acts; shrinking cultural options In a shrinking economy.
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA—Direct-mail tycoon Richard W.Vigorish, comptroller and guiding genius of the Conservative Political Action Conspiracy, has called for the complete opening of the narcotics industry to independent American businessmen.
In the 1,700-odd years that the stewardship of St. Peter over the Catholic church has been embodied by a pope in Rome, none has ever simply kicked over the traces and gone on to greener pastorals. But Carol Wojotokoja, the first non-Italian pope since Adrian VI (a Dutchman), is a special case, in this as in so many other things.
The suspension of federally financed legal services to the poor has "saved a bundle of taxpayers' money already," declares an accountant in the White House Office of Management and Budget. Office manager David Shockman, 23, is particularly keen on pointing out that though the poor may effectively be deprived now of any protection against injustices committed against them by the well-to-do, the poor are still paying taxes at the usual rate.
214 GORDON HARRIS, THE CHIEF OF police in Horry County, S.C., said yesterday in Conway, that the 50-lb bales of marijuana, seized two weeks ago in a drug raid in nearby Little River, were first taken to the Santee Cooper Power Plant in Conway to be burned.
With this rallying cry the Atlanta Rhythm Section embarked on a campaign to restore the glory days of rock 'n' roll. In '69 they were the cream of the Southeast music scene. ARS is managed by Buddie Buie, a songwriter-producer who decided to assemble a group of songwriters and top studio musicians he’d met during his days as producer for the Classics IV.
The awesome output of Frank Zappa material continues unabated. You Are What You Is, a hot two-record set that brings his standard touring material pretty much up to date, ups his release total in the past year to a staggering seven discs, enough Zappa material to keep the most diehard fans sated.
"I love to freak out airport security. The guards hear all the gongs and bells and sirens going off, and they aren't sure just quite why. I explain to them that I have quite a bit of metal on my body, which I do. They usually aren't quite sure just what I'm referring to, but when I show them the nipple rings they begin to get the idea.