HIGH TIMES took to the streets this summer to participate in the 15th Annual Smoke-In and Parade up Fifth Avenue. The crowds gathered at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, and then moved up Fifth Avenue to Rockefeller Plaza where they rallied in support of Roger Davis.
Jim Carroll is an incomparable guy: If you wanted to compare him, it would have to be with a crowd. Like Rimbaud, he was a poetry sensation as a teenager, then quit it. Like Pat Ewing, he was all-American as a freshman (although with Jim it was in high school).
Spider Webb Presents Your Slum G-ddess of the Month II
This month’s Slum G-ddess is actress, artist’s model and tightrope walker Miss Helen Mellon. Miss Mellon was discovered during a performance of the Nutcracker Suite at New York’s Lincoln Center when she leaped 30 feet in the air, did a triple somersault and landed safely in Rudolf Nureyev’s arms.
Whatever-or whoever-they are, they're back. In Pygmy country, Africa, the natives are restless once again, reporting the appearances of long-necked saurians who sound like dinosaurs and occasionally nibble at their small brown bodies as if they were some kind of intergalactic hors d'oeuvres (Pygmies in a blanket, perhaps).
Editor: Here’s a picture of this year’s crop; in all, there are seven plants, all but the one on the far right are grown from our “special strain.” At 16 weeks we harvest and obtain 14 to 16 ounces per plant! The buds when dried taste like hash and can literally choke the shit out of you.
People are frequently asking the Connoisseur: "Hey, Mr. Connoisseur, you're so knowledgeable about altered states of consciousness, your finely honed sensibility is such an exquisitely tuned instrument, why don't you write about an aristocratic substance like cocaine, why just stick to marijuana?" Well, the editors have encouraged me to address this subject, and so—although I know I'll make even more enemies with my views on this than with my celebrated criticism of California sinsemilla— nonetheless, somebody has to say it.
ONCE AGAIN, THE REAGAN administration is at tempting to censor anything positive concerning marijuana use-even if it emanates from the National Academy of Sciences's own panel of experts. When the academy's Committee on Substance Abuse and Habitual Behavior issued its report this summer recommending lessening the penalties for marijuana use, academy president Dr. Frank Press did everything short of an auto-da-fé to bury the report.
THANKS TO THE U.S. Supreme Court, police may now search every inch of everything in any car they have probable cause to stop. Before the Supremes’ June ruling, the police were limited to frisking the passengers and inspecting any area within their reach.
EVEN BEFORE THE Supreme Court expanded car searches, scattered roadblocks across the country were demonstrating how arbitrary freewheeling police stops had become. The U.S. Border Patrol caused such a traffic tie-up last April that Key West seceded in protest and proclaimed itself the Conch Republic.
HIS GENEROSITY TEMpered by blunt political realities, Gov. Charles Robb denied a full pardon for a Virginia man sentenced to 40 years for possession and sale of less than nine ounces of marijuana. Instead, the gov soothed his conscience by halving the sentence for Roger Trenton Davis to 20 years in prison.
IN THE SIX MONTHS SINCE the Supreme Court restricted so-called drug paraphernalia, related laws and enforcement are in more of a confused mess than ever before. Some subsequent developments have been encouraging to users and sellers of paraphernalia; most have not.
The price of Lebanese hash has bottomed out so low in the U.S. market that it is being traded—even up—for pounds of commercial Colombian weed. That makes hash worth around $350 a pound—not bad, considering just a year ago it was a thousand a pound and more in most markets.
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.
Marijuana, smoked in cigarettes (joints), pipes, chillums, bongs, etc. or eaten in anything from brownies to spaghetti sauce, is reported to be a corrupter of youth. It is said to remain in brain cells and other fatty tissues for long periods of time and cause permanent damage, including brain lesions, chromosome damage, memory loss and cellular deterioration.
Surely we don't have to tell you about Gins berg. The labels roll facilely off the tongue: elder statesman of the beats, poet of our generation, radical activist, gnostic Jewish Buddhist, spokesman for the counterculture. Everyone knows his friends (Burroughs, Kerouac, Orlovsky, Dylan, Kesey, Cassady, Leary, Hoffman) and almost everyone knows his work ("Howl," "Kaddish," Planet News, The Fall of America and "Plutonium Ode").
Raise your plants where the ripoffs can't go, the narcs don't come and the sun always shines.
SOMEWHERE IN AMERICA, AT THIS very moment, an erstwhile marijuana grower is tearing his hair, gnashing his teeth, putting his fist through a wall: another victim of the Great Ripoff Plague. Somehow, some devious person had gotten wind of the dozen or so plants in his little patch and preempted his long-awaited harvest.
Butt Rockin' on the Back of the Bus with The Fabulous THUNDERBIRD
On Tour with America's Premier Bar Band
7:25 A.M. Austin
8:05 A.M. Austin
12:30 P.M. Interstate Highway 10
5:40 P.M. New Orleans
11 P.M. The Club
1:45 A.M. The Club
Backstage 3.30 A.M.?
Much, Much Later and..
The bus is a 1962 GMC with red and yellow stripes running in circles along its battered sides It is idling with a low rumble on this street waking with blue collar Mexicans and chidren going off to school. The bus is a laborer with at least 3 million miles on it, and nearly 200,000 of those have been eaten since the Fabulous Thunderbirds acquired the machine two years ago.
Chicago. The Thirties. Skid row. And marijuana was there. Relive those days with us now as we seek out reefer's roots.
WHEN YOU WERE STANDING on the corner of Canal and Madison streets, Chicago, in the early '30s, you were in the city's backyard. Here the prevailing winds from the lake had blown the bums, the derelicts, the "downers" (horizontal drunks, not to be confused with depressants) and deposited them in windrows along West Madison Street in one of the country's gamiest skid rows.
AAAGGGHHH! MICE! There's little green mice running all over my record collection! Little green mice, with shaggy red and yellow streaks in their pelts and woodsy little tail stems, befouling my precious discs. No. Wait a minute. Wait a MINUTE!!
An Inside Look at the New Jerusalem of the Drug Culture
IT'S COKE COOL
MY GOD, I THINK, HOW DID I get myself into this? The drug scene in Amsterdam. That's like being sent out to cover the wine scene in France. Visitors gape at it. We take it for granted. Like bicycles, drugs here are not just a scene. They are an integral part of the culture.
SELLING RETAIL IN THE FAST LANE AN INTERVIEW WITH A GRAM DEALER
Some people are into cocaine for the rush. Some are into it for the status. And for some, it is a drug of seduction. In this day and age, coke is many things to many people. It is probably for this reason that in most areas of the country there is at least one reliable source who can always be counted on to have grams available when the need arises.
You say the boys from the narcotics task force kicked in your door at 3 A.M. and found a half a pound of cocaine in an oat meal box on a shelf in your pantry? And the stuff was fronted to you only yesterday by an old cab-driving buddy who had just blown in from six months in Peru?
In his Las Vegas office, Dominic Gentile displays a cobra and mongoose literally frozen (freeze-dried by a taxidermist) at the brink of mortal combat. This primordial rivalry is Gentile's personal allegory for the courtroom contest. He identifies with the mongoose.
OFFICIAL ORGAN OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA
Beloved Fidel Ordains New Five Year Narcotics Scheme
HEROINE OF THE REVOLUTION
COMMANDER IN Chief Fidel Castro, speaking at the annual rally of the People, Party and Revolutionary Government in Revolution Square in Havana, boldly announced a five-year scheme to commandeer the entire Caribbean narcotics traffic.
Proud peasant cultivators from El Yaurel watch while an agricultural inspector from the Ministry of Basic Industry gives their seasonal harvest a four-Red Star seal of approvaL Strive daily in every, way for the success of the Revolution!
TO AFFIRM and consolidate the proletarian solidarity of the People, the Party and the Revolutionary Government with the Soviet Union, other socialist countries and the independence of Puerto Rico, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (CCPC) has welcomed the guidance and connivance of university-trained scientists from the USSR and other socialist democracies.
293 THE ODOR OF BURNING POT... the sweetest smell in the world ... outside of morning coffee. 294 THE RISK OF DEVELOPING LUNG cancer, even among cigarette smokers, is less among men who eat large amounts of carrots, spinach and other vegetables that contain beta-carotene, according to a recent issue of The Lancet, a British medical journal.
I was standing in the middle of a sand pit at the back of Central Park's Great Lawn on a beautiful late-spring afternoon. Through the dust and haze I could barely make out the players onstage at the other end of the field, but the sound system made them familiar—Bruce Springsteen had joined Jackson Browne for a stirring rendition of the Boss's "Promised Land."
Many of us were frankly surprised that we were unable to uncover any real consequences of prolonged use of the drug. Indeed, some of the physicians and psychologists on our team were sincerely disappointed at the lack of significant differences between our controlled population of users and nonusers.
Cannabis in Costa Rica is the fourth broad-scale, long-term investigation of heavy, "chronic" marijuana smokers since 1974. None of the other three—from Jamaica, Greece and Egypt—turned up any direct unhealthful consequences of cannabis, even in Egyptians who imbibe perhaps 200 milligrams of THC out of hashish every day of their lives.
Environmental sculptor Joe Strand and photographer Dudley Grey are transforming buildings, bridges, and other objects with spotlights and multicolored gels. Blasting structures with color is a new art that's executed without altering the physical dimensions of the cityscape.