The reason you're reading HIGH TIMES this month and not something like, let's say, New-Wave QuicheEater, is on account of a man named Harry Lipsig. In fact, if our subscribers only knew how close they came to being stuck with a year's worth of centerfolds showcasing the talented young cheeses of France (just imagine, wheels of brie dressed up in little black leather jackets) and articles like "I Ate Foie Gras with the Egon von Furstenburgs," letters would be pouring in from all over the country demanding to know more about the guy who saved their grass.
Even though Ann Jillian (pictured above), star of the hit TV series "Making a Living," didn't show up, the party HIGH TIMES threw in support of a bunch of New York City groups fighting the antiparaphernalia laws was a bona fide success. "Yippee!" shouted one bong maker as he pranced about the crowd.
Down here in New Orleans there is a lot of bait-and-switching in the blow market. It's getting expensive and we're all becoming neurotic. What are the names of a few of the labs that I can send samples to and what is the procedure? Has it been proven to be a risky business to approach labs cold with an unknown substance?
Editor: A couple of months ago I was busted with 1½ ounces of marijuana. While I was going into a rock concert the security police mobbed me. A police officer told me to step aside. Then he had me do a spread-eagle on his car. He put his handcuffs on me and took me downtown.
Drug abusers please take note: As of this month the HIGH TIMES Drug Abuse Folio will be written by Dr. David Smith and Richard B. Seymour. Dr. Smith, in addition to having been alcoholism and drug consultant to numerous presidential committees and governmental task forces, served as health adviser to Jimmy Carter.
Editor: I have been a subscriber and avid reader of your magazine for almost two years. I began reading the magazine with an interest in learning more about "controlled" substances. I am happy to report that your publication has exceeded my wildest expectations.
CONTROVERSY TIME AGAIN. We've been spending the last few columns concentrating on tasting weeds, selecting seeds and critiquing breeds of grass. Now it's time to step back, look at the larger picture from the connoisseur angle, and ask a hard question: Are you qualified to smoke grass?
THE ARREST AND TRIAL OF HOWARD MARKS, ACCUSED OF hauling an unprecedented tonnage of marijuana into Great Britain last year, touched off bright lights and alarm bells in the computers of narco police and espionage agencies in England, Ireland, Holland, Germany and the United States.
AMONG THE PLETHORA OF “antiparaphernalia” laws passed in the last few years by state legislatures, the “H. Ross Perot” head-shop bill in Texas is unique. Written by neo-Right zealots specifically to tighten police control over small businesses, the new Perot law has already created as many headaches for the Texas authorities as for the people on whom they’ve enforced it.
U ULTRAINSPIRATIONAL! Stimulating! Sexsational! Green parrots! Great dope! Supremely motivated! were among the many accolades heard in the smokefilled meeting rooms at the Marriott Hotel here last December where over 300 activists gathered for the eleventh annual conference of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
LIKE THE AUTO INDUSTRY IN Detroit, Colombia’s dope business is currently undergoing a deep economic recession. While the decline of the marimba industry has received much attention here in the press during the past months, a recently released report from the Bank of the Republic confirmed that the dope industry in Colombia is in trouble.
IF YOU’VE HARBORED ANY doubts that the resurgence of reactionary attitudes about drugs, much discussed in these pages, really exists, witness the hubbub created by a recent “Dear Abby” column. Abigail Van Buren, as almost everyone knows, writes a daily column, published in thousands of news-papers, in which she advises readers on romantic and family difficulties.
DEKALB FAMILIES IN Action of Decatur, Georgia, has initiated a dramatic new national letter-writing campaign to squelch a bill that would provide for the use of marijuana and marijuana derivatives as adjuncts in cancer chemotherapy. DeKalb County encourages all right-thinking Americans to send letters to the congressional sponsors of H.R. 4498— Millicent Fenwick of New Jersey, Hamilton Fish of New York, Stewart McKinney of Connecticut and Newt Gingrich of Georgia—and express opposition to the bill by relaying prewritten questions like: “What research studies show that marijuana cigarettes are an effective antinausea drug for 80 percent of cancer chemotherapy patients?
DR. GABRIEL NAHAS OF Columbia University here, who for over 20 years has conducted a heroic political campaign against marijuana (“Cannabis,” Dr. Nahas once told the Moonie paper News World, “is the greatest plot the East has against the West”), has proven that “fat soluble” marijuana by-products do not accumulate in the brain and reproductive organs over continued periods of use.
For those who search the globe in pursuit of the ultimate high, there is a new kick: snake-venom smoking. Actually, the idea is not all that new, having aficonados among cultures as diverse as the Aztecs and Buddhist monks. But for the most part, snake smoking has been regarded as a ritualistic, religious endeavor, kind of a hair-shirt drug for the spartan psyches of the Believers.
CHARGES: Look-alikes hamper enforcement efforts against the illegal distribution of scheduled and controlled drugs and promote both indiscriminate and confused drug misuse. They can be confusing to emergency medical treatment and poison-control-center staff who are trying to provide treatment and antidotes for overdose and medical complications.
informants are not a new embarrassment to humanity. WhenJudas rolled over for 40 pieces of silver, he was no doubt participating in a tradition that was already ancient. But the federal Drug Enforcement Administration is likely the first police organization in the history of society to base its work completely on betrayal for pay.
Remember when Lou Reed was single? Remember when Blondie had blond hair? Remember when Sid Vicious was still alive and chipping? Legs does, and you can relive those golden days of punk with him in this exclusive article. Grab your razor blades, kids, the bus for CBGB's is leaving in five minutes...
I GOT THE JOB THROUGH THE UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE. ALL I HAD TO DO WAS TAKE
I WAS INFORMED THAT I QUALIFIED AND WAS INVITED TO COME IN FOR A TRAINING SES-
THE SECOND TEST ADMINISTERED
DR. SATANAND SHARMA, THE MAN
THE FIRST FIVE OR SIX TIMES I
Valiums, drink vodka screwdrivers and go for rides in a driving simulator down a cartoon highway. Five dollars an hour plus bonuses was worth a little over $300 for just six days' work. It wasn't my favorite combination of drugs— at 8:30 in the morning I felt like a suburban housewife driving her kids to school before heading to the noontime happy hour—but it beat flipping burgers.
Have you ever toured the Harding Dam in Boulder, Colorado? Have you ever caught that old Errol Flynn movie about the life of Lord Bolingbroke, the man who restored the Stuarts to the British throne and overran half of France but who "couldn't conquer the queen he didn't dare to love,” a real classic, also starring Basil Rathbone and Olivia deHavilland?
Look quick. This stuff does not sit still in one place for very long at this stage of the game. Within ten minutes, the first vanload of movers will back up to the warehouse door. The driver will show the half of his $20 bill with the serial number matching the half of the wholesaler's $20 bill, and then about a third of this Colombian will be carted out of here.
You wake up suddenly, hands convulsing, arms rigid, body drenched in sweat. Then you say relax, it was only a dream. Only a bad dream. Ward Damio uncovers the truth behind nightmares.
THE FIGURE of the sleeper ceased all movement. An absolute and total stillness descended upon the room and the sleeper alike. The sleeper found that still unexplained twilight world of flickering images that fill the mysterious arena that we know as dreams and nightmares...
“Teach opium-eating! Did I reveal the mystery of sleeping?"
Animals dream. Anyone with a dog or cat or stable of ponies knows that animals dream, and anyway, electroencephalograms from sleeping mammals of all species show the same passages and sequences of dream and nondream that show up from sleeping humans.
Enough with the cannabotanists and hydroponics and high-nitrogen fertilization and halide day extensions. Every so often we'll grab "Grow American" away from the experts and give it over to John and Jane Doe so we can show everyone the glorious fruits of good ol' American labor.
Popes, presidents, potentates, priests, performers and paupers all adored Vin Mariani coca wine. There would have been no fin de siècle without it.
The Marvelous Elixir of Monsieur Mariani
CHARLES VERMEULEN-WINDSANT DEAN LATIMER
Emile Gautier, gentleman adventurer of the vast African territories of the French empire in the 1890s, left a certified connoisseur's estimation of Vin Tonique Mariani a la Coca du Perou. There was a surprising felicity in the taste and tonic effect of M. Mariani's Parisian decoction, considering that it really wasn't a particularly distinguished wine to begin with, and it really contained an astonishingly tiny proportion of coca extract.
What kind of man paints vegetables? Not ordinary vegetables, mind you, but billboard-perfect legumes of mythological proportion. Still lifes minus everything but a solitary eggplant. Swedish artist and set and costume designer Nils Eklund renders these wood cutouts in large-scale airbrush, poring painstakingly over them for months at a stretch to enhance the fruits of the vine.
It may have been some time since I addressed my loyal readers in this column. During that period—the holiday season for me, regardless of when you may be reading this—I was slipping in and out of consciousness, often on a pile of coats in the spare bedroom.
236 PROFESSORS MARK KNAPP AND Paul C. Feingold have conducted research that they say proves a theory that much anti-drug advertising does the opposite of what it is intended to do. It turns people on instead of off. New York Times, June 10, 1977 0 O ^7 SOMEONE BOASTED TO DR. MARSMO Í ton that he had cured a certain writer of his tendency to alcoholic overindulgence.
Ever since the group's inception in the late '60s, Tangerine Dream has been one of the boldest practitioners of electronic music on the planet. A product of the turbulent social creative ferment in a wide open Berlin art scene, the Dream was formed in '67 by Edgar Froese as a fairly standard psychedelic band whose name was inspired by the Beatles' Sgt.
The history of Rush is a success story won against seemingly insurmountable odds. In the late '60s bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson were young rockers from Toronto cutting their teeth on the prototype heavymetal sounds of the Who and Led Zeppelin.
GIVE US a break," the publisher annotated onto the detailed and evenhanded critique of the newly reborn "Steppingstone Hypothesis" as set forth in a 1981 government-funded paper out of the University of Kentucky that proves, by pure statistics, that grass smoking really does lead to heroin, after all.