David Sheridan, an artist and cartoonist well known all HIGH TIMES readers, has died of cancer in San Francisco at age 38. Sheridan's most recent contribution to HIGH TIMES was a May '82 Dr. McDope feature that he collaborated on with Dr. Ron Siegel.
Fifteen years ago Dr. David Smith (former health adviser to then-president Jimmy Carter, founder of the Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic, noted author, and the man responsible for our monthly Abuse Folio) began a periodical in San Francisco entitled Journal of Psychedelic Drugs.
Maria Duval has a problem. Her director is telling her to stick her ass out and be sexy. "Can somebody around here pleeese show this girl how to walk. This play's about strippers, not cheerleaders!" Well, Catholic boarding schools leave deep scars, we guess, but still, having to show Maria how to be sexy is kinda like having to show a honeydew melon how to be round.
Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, right? Probably in a scene from one of those Andy Hardy-type movies they were always doing together, right? Just a picture of a couple of healthy American kids sippin' Coke at the ol' soda fountain, right? HA! What you're actually seeing here is...er...is a picture...uh...a never-before-released special and exclusive HIGH TIMES picture that...urn...that you probably couldn't get to see anywhere else even if you asked, and that's showing...uh...showing something...Okay, what you're seeing here is Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland sipping Coke at a soda fountain in one of those Andy Hardy movies, period.
It's hands that have made this country great. Hands attached to arms attached to bodies attached to heads. And what better way to thank a pair of hands than by letting them hold something swell. These two readers have the right idea: They're saying "Thank you" to their hands by letting them hold some excellent dope.
What was the ultimate dope song? The single song that best captures the spirit and the soul of the smoke?
So there I was at a party, once again tirelessly researching the latest developments in contemporary cannabis taste, when the subject of all-time great dope-culture songs came up and became— until I came up with the answer—an obsession with your Connoisseur.
STATE DEPT. MAKES BOGUS LINK TO CASTRO'S DOPE CONNECTION
FOR OBSERVERS OF THE CARIBBEAN COLD War, add dope trafficking to the State Department's propaganda blitz against Cuba. This charge surfaced not long ago when the assistant secretary of state for Latin American Affairs, Thomas Enders, told the Senate Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism that "since 1980, the Castro regime has been using a Colombian narcotics ring to funnel arms as well as funds to Colombian M-19 guerrillas."
IF THE HIGHLY TOXIC HERbicide paraquat is used to eradicate U.S. marijuana plots, as is being urged by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the scenic hills of Mendocino County, California, would seem a likely target. Mendocino is, after all, one of the nation's leading marijuana-growing areas.
"CONCERNED CITIZENS" FRAME COMMIE PROFESSOR FOR MARIJUANA
KONSTANTIN AZADOVSKY, professor and literary scholar, has been railroaded— literally and figuratively—to Siberia for possession of somewhat less than a joint's worth of marijuana. An instructor at Mukhina College in Petrozavodsk, Azadovsky was on the verge of becoming an internationally recognized expert in comparative Russian and Western modern writing when the ax fell.
THE RATE OF MARIJUANA use among school-aged people has fallen off unexpectedly and sharply since the late 1970s, according to several government surveys. Though any number of factors have been suggested for the marked decline in youth toking—heightened concern about health hazards popularly ascribed to the weed, and a growing mood of conformism among kids—the peak and decline of marijuana use in the general U.S. population has actually followed a similar downfall pattern over the same time, as recent Highwitness News reports from Colombia have shown.
SCHOOL-YARD DOPE PEDdlers are making a bundle off "legal stimulants," to go by the latest figures from Ann Arbor's Monitoring the Future survey. While the indicators are decidedly down for every other category of teenage stoner, from PCP to glue, uppers are decidedly uppish in the '80s.
A popular Latin song, “Tiburón a la Vista,” warns swimmers to be wary of the sharks on view. In “Operation Tiburon” (tiburón, in Spanish, means “shark”), the swimmers were the dope armadas that have roamed the Caribbean for a number of years, while the sharks were the DEA, under its new FBI management, and other U.S. and Colombian government agencies.
SWALLOWING COCAINE filled condoms is hardly news, but at New York City's Kennedy International Airport this spring the feds were catching record numbers of mules with a bellyfull. The joint Customs Service— Drug Enforcement Administration scoop began at the end of March, and by the middle of April had led to the arrest of 25 couriers, with more being snagged every day.
SIX YEARS AGO, WALLY Bachman walked into a police station here carrying a live marijuana plant, and thanks to that, Hawaii continues to have the most realistic legislative attitude toward weed of any state south of Alaska. Though penalties for possession and cultivation of over a kilo of pakalolo were stiffened at the last legislative session here, several other recriminalization proposals were shelved or dumped outright.
As pervasive as inflation has been in past years, the marijuana market has shown a peculiar resilience, almost a full-fledged immunity to its ravages. The price of basic Mexican and Colombian grass has risen little over the years, in terms of real dollars, if it hasn’t actually declined somewhat.
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 ifiegal activity, or as an endorsement of dope usage or trafficking, or as an en dorsement of any particular dope.
ALSO KNOWN AS: FREEBASE, BASE, THE VAPORS, VIPER, PASTA, BASA, BASEBALL, WHITE PIPE, THE DRAGON (AS IN CHASING).
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The smoking of cocaine freebase at high dosage may cause drug-induced psychosis complete with visual hallucinations, auditory hallucinations and paranoid ideas. When smoked on a regular basis, it can be highly irritative to lung and bronchial tissue.
"Health care is a right, not a privilege." When Dr. David Smith coined this motto for the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic in San Francisco in 1967, it was absolutely revolutionary. The Haight itself, for one thing, looked something like a white middle-class suburb of Calcutta that season, littered with Summer of Love veterans manifesting speed psychoses, acid flashbacks, prolonged malnutrition, infected tracks, Vietnamese clap and ravenous addiction to Vietnamese heroin.
Blood, Sweat and Tears at THE WORLD TOUGHMAN CONTEST
THE SIDE DOOR BURSTS OPEN, plunging cold Ohio night air into the mildew-infected locker room. Tom Rusk wanders into the dressing room, hunches his jacket up and over spreading coat-hanger shoulders and crumples down in shrouded silence on a bench.
I hate waiting in stinking, trashed-out motel rooms. It's probably the worst part of being a dealer. You sit around, trying to survive the room-service food, waiting for the phone to ring. And you wait. And you wait... I open the curtain, the setting Key West sun blazing in at me, searing my motel eyes.
It's easy to blame everything on the imperialist white man and his running-dog lackeys. It was the white man who carried all these people here against their will and horsewhipped them into growing the sugarcane in the first place, sure. And it was the white man who shut down the cane plantations entirely a few years back, when it became more economical for him to grow his sugar elsewhere.
The lascivious tale of a guy named Pip, a girl named Bambi and the cosmos that came between them.
The LSD was a truth serum, forcing open our minds and pants.
HER EYES WERE BLUE. I'd picked her up hitching, about ten hours before, a mile north of Malibu. "Where you headed?" "Oh, I don't know... thought I'd make it up to the mountains for some rest and relaxation." "What a coincidence. Jump in." Her name was Bambi.
"NOT AL McCANN," SAID ANNIE. "FIVE hundred and seventy-five plants. I can't believe it!" Paula, who works in town, had stopped by on her way home with the news that the narcs had hit Al and Jane's place that morning. "The plants weren't on his property," she said, "but the waterline ran right up to their well.
LUCIDITY'S BACK AND RICKETY'S GOT HER. GET SET FOR THE FUN WHEN AMERICA'S FAVORITE REDHEAD GOES ON A ZANY, MACHETE-WIELDING RAMPAGE.
"Lucidity, I'm home." These are familiar words, "Lucidity, I'm home." We have all heard these words many times before. Tonight will be no different. "Lucidity, I'm home." And Rickety is home. These are familiar people, Lucidity and Rickety.
Protect your combustible consumables from fire-storm hazard with titanium-plated lead stash box. Safety chamber inside holds up to two ounces of your favorite leafy material. (Note: Not intended or designed for use in connection with any controlled substance.)
JIFFY-START NERVE-GAS CARBONATOR
Neutralize noxious neurotoxins with this ingenious gimmick that ionizes, isomerizes and bubbles carbon through a protective cloud for yards all around it. Operates almost noiselessly.
CAPTAIN NICK'S PORTABLE SUBMARINE FALLOUT SHELTER
The illustration says it all. Designed by top minds in the U.S. Defense Department.
ARMSTRONG NUKE BAFFLER
Solar-cell panel tracks the sun, absorbing and collecting heat, becoming hottest object for miles around. Irresistible for any heatseeking missile. Set it up in the next county and sit out the blast in safety. Buy several, as each only works once.
100% RADIATIONPROOF WATCH!!
Keep appointments punctually even if the whole ozone layer is totally ionized!
K-NINE SEEING-EYE “CHOW” DOG
Indispensable for that three-day retina burnout after every neutron flash. When the bombs finally stop falling, dog also indispensable as food.
CHILDREN’S PORTRAITS DONE CHEAP
Mail description of offspring to Sears & Roeboom with cash or barter payment.
COMPLEAT LAST-AID KIT
Reams of heavy-duty bandages, triple-ply vomit bags, funeral cosmetics, wigs. Avoid embarrassing others around you with your symptoms of terminal radiation sickness.
NEVER-FAIL NUKE SUIT
Healthful and aesthetic. New inert alloy repels all particles heavier than muons, at all frequencies. Can opener optional.
GADABOUT PERAMBULATORY SHELTER HOME
Nearly 14 miles to the gallon.
PLUMB-BOY WATER SEEKER
Stay one jump ahead of Strontium 90! Just keep extending lengths of draw-pipe downward as the radiation seeps lower into the water table.
HANDY-DANDY SATELLITE TRANSCEIVER
Eavesdrop onto all-important global military communications. Learn the codes and insert your own commands, diverting missile strikes away from your immediate vicinity onto people you don't like.
Ronald Reagan and I arrived quite independently upon Chariots of Fire and Breaker Morant being the best movies of the last 47 years. That should say something about my credentials as a movie reviewer, 'cause Ron has seen and acted in a lot of movies.
270 IN THE ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECTS of LSD-25 on the human mind, a reasonable hypothesis states that the effect of these substances on the human computer is to introduce white noise (in the sense of randomly varying energy containing no signals of itself) in specific systems of the computer....This noisy component added to the usual signals in the circuits adds enough uncertainty to the meanings to make new interpretations more probable.
Doug Sahm has been a living legend for 20 years now, an acknowledged master of the wide range of musical forms that make up Texas rock 'n' roll. From Merseybeat to ZZ Top, from Bob Wills to the newwave rockers, Sahm has been one of the foremost Texas musicians of the era.
Miles Davis (Columbia 38005) This two-record set documents last year's astonishing comeback by one of the greatest figures in jazz history. Davis is not just the most famous jazz trumpeter in recent times, he is one of the most important conceptualists in 20th-century music.
A 12-year-old boy was watching Belushi's funeral on the news. "Samurai corpse," he announced.
Now, somewhere in comedy heaven, Lenny Bruce meets John Belushi and the two spirits embrace.
The reason I once decided to eat a hash brownie before going on the Mike Douglas show was that a train took two hours to get from New York to Philadelphia, and that was exactly how long it would take for the brownie to come on. So I know an omen when I ingest it.
High Times talks to writer-director John Carpenter
The Thing, 1951:A small cluster of USAF officers, scientists and one reporter in an isolated Antarctic outpost; a few huts and an airfieldintheannihilatingcold. A downed UFO. Abeingfrozen in an ice slab, escaping when the slab melts. An "intellectual carrot," purely vegetable, with no emotions or feelings, thriving on blood and reproducing itself like plant spores.