Editor: Your story on the sinsemilla snitches of Oregon (HIGH TIMES, April '83) strongly underlined the dysfunctional nature of law enforcement's present attitude toward grass. For dysfunctional is probably the easiest (and kindest) way to describe individuals who would literally bankrupt their communities in pursuit of a marijuana menace which they themselves have created through the use of provocateurs, paid informants, etc.
Richard Boehm spent more than a year researching and filming "Sold American," the informative half-hour documentary on the sinsemilla growers of Northern California. It's an inside view of the sinse farmer's world—following roughly the course of one growing season—but makes use of interviews with county officials, state and local narcs and nongrower residents of the area as well.
His name is Spark, and while he'll probably never make the Guinness Book of Records, his name will live forever in the pages of HIGH TIMES. Just in case you're wondering, those are one hundred jays he's got stuffed in his gab, and Spark challenges any and all comers to try and go him one jay better.
William the Typesetter Responds to Last Month's Special '60s Issue Now That He's Had a Chance to Read It
All very nostalgic, that '60s issue. But I thought there was something central—and primal—to those times that was nowhere given the obeisance that it deserves: the awesome, historically unprecedented explosion of psychospiritual energy that tripped off the period of revolutionary mind expansion we refer to so fondly now as "the '60s."
Laurence Cherniak proudly presents Book Two of the Great Books of Cannabis. Spanning the globe (12 countries and 4 continents), compiling one of the truly unique collections of photographs in all the world (over 500 shots in all), the HIGH TIMES international correspondent presents us with the fruits of 15 years' sojourn among the drugproducing peoples of the planet.
HIGH TIMES readers may remember our profile (December 1981) of Edward Ben Elson, the wild-man drug lawyer from McFarland, Wisconsin, who waged a constant guerrilla war against dullmindedness, hypocrisy and the needless restriction of individual liberty.
Lewisville, Texas—High-school students are getting $100 each time they give officials information leading to the conviction of a student using or selling drugs. Since the program began in September at the 2,200-student school in this North Dallas suburb, 17 students have been reported to the police.
The sweetest little music mag we've seen comes out of Haverhill, Mass., and goes under the name Whiskey, Women, and... Editor Daniel Kochakian and his crack staff of blues journalists set out on pilgrimages to locate obscure blues singers and old rhythm groups, then proceed to unfold their stories and careers.
"EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL." THAT WAS THE Drug Enforcement Administration’s appraisal of its “Domestic Marihuana Eradication/Suppression Program” for 1982. They might as accurately have called it “wildly, unbelievably successful!” After all, by the time they finished toting up the figures from around the country, they found that law enforcement had wiped out a good deal more homegrown pot than they had ever admitted to be in existence.
TACOMA, WASHINGTON THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION HAS ESTABlished a toll-free drug hotline for residents of the Pacific Northwest, “for people to call in case of anything suspicious, like large cash purchases of boats, can be reported.”
IT HAPPENED HERE IN Spring Hill, but it could have happened anywhere in the United States where law enforcement is in charge of drug education. The whole thing started when Sgt. Ed McConnell of the Hernando County Sheriff's Department delivered a "drug prevention" talk at Hernando Junior High School.
LEFT AN OCEAN-GOING TUG packed with 10,000 pounds of pot tied up to a pier in East Boston, and where did they go? That’s what the Drug Enforcement Administration wants to know. A snitch, apparently working as an insider on this attempted smuggling operation, notified the DEA of the 108-foot tug’s presence in Boston Harbor in late April, but by the time the narcs had secured a search warrant, the cast and crew had flown the coop.
SOMEONE IN THE TINY African republic of Togo is shipping venomous serpents and dangerous drugs to the United States, according to Customs inspectors at Kennedy International Airport. Customs snoops last spring happened to check out a huge 217-pound crate which had arrived on a Swissair cargo flight from Togo, and found inside it no fewer than 89 poisonous African vipers and pythons—all of them writhing over 17 pounds of Togolese marijuana.
A PROPOSED DEAL INVOLVing 10,000 pounds of Turkish morphine has been thwarted by the federal government—which succeeded in quashing this particular dope shipment simply by backing out of it. Since World War II, the U.S. government has been under legal obligation to keep on hand at all times a three-year supply of morphine, and numerous other critical commodities that might be required in the event of a national catastrophe.
THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Genaro Garcia took his own life here, in late January, unable to cope with the pain of withdrawal from TV addiction. The boy, a student at Edna Hill Intermediate School, had taken to claiming illness and remaining in his room, day in and day out, staring at the tube.
"SHE IS CUNNING, EVIL and—withoutdoubt— brave. Que mujer!" So exulted a Colombian narc for the press, after the daring midnight raid that pulled Veronica Rivera de Vargas out of her opulent bed and chucked her in the top-security Buen prison up near Bogotá.
"WE HAVE NEVER equated police efficiency with unconstitutionality," Justice William Rehnquist of the Supreme Court primly wrote, "and we will not do so now." So now a person named Knotts goes to jail, along with a lot of other people who’ve been tracked down by the police with the aid of electronic transponder beepers.
STARCH BLOCKERS DON'T block starch in the least, researchers for the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Health Sciences have determined. It’s a good thing they don’t block starch, too, because if they did work as billed, the result would be a lot of odious flatulence and diarrhea among people who use them to try to lose weight.
IN THE UNITED STATES, the plant is called "bachelor’s button" (Centaurea cyanus), and no one, besides a few much-learned herbalists, seems to know of its very special properties. In England it’s called "feverfew," though, and the country folk have been using it since time out of mind (it’s mentioned in Shakespeare) to alleviate sundry ailments and maladies.
THE UPROAR OVER ALLEGED USE OF drugs by elected officials and their employees seems destined to grow louder here, even though the special staff of the House Ethics Committee investigating these matters was recently dealt a slight setback.
Everybody knew it was going to happen sooner or later, but it still came as a shock. Colombian marimba, the undisputed standard of the industry, the Ford of the national stash, has relinquished its decade-long reign to a former title holder —Mexican marijuana.
Inhalation of these substances can cause fainting, heartbeat irregularities and asphyxiation. There is a danger that “poppers” may explode, and inflict severe burns and cuts. Death has been caused by nitrites. Inhalation can bring on painful headaches.
Roger Davis was sentenced to 40 years for 8 ounces of marijuana. Cruel and unusual, you say? The Supreme Court didn't think so.
What happened to Roger Davis is more often remembered than his name. It was Davis who was sentenced, back in 1974, to 40 years'in prison for crimes involving about half a pound of pot, and whose sentence, last year, was allowed to stand by the United States Supreme Court.
On the verge of breaking the most important story of his career, the Connoisseur is paid a visit by an old acquaintance bearing a deadly assortment of handguns and a blood-chilling threat from powerful people in high places.
The story so far: Could HIGH TIMES founder Tom Forcade still be alive? That was the shocking question confronting "R," Forcade's old friend and cannabis-connoisseur protégé, at the conclusion of our last episode. Could Forcade have faked his death in order to rebuild the Brotherhood, the legendary international psychedelic smuggling empire that rose and fell in the '70s?
Tired of the same old bump and grind? Well, then, drop whatever you're doing and check out these unexpurgated excerpts from the hottest compendium of illustrated erotica ever. And then it's back to the mat with a whole new bunch of style and pizzazz.
Whether you're into coffee, Coca-Cola or cocaine, there's a world of difference between being up and being strung out.
Coca and Cocaine
Amphetamines and Related Drugs
Some Rules for Using Stimulants Safely
"Stimulants" is excerpted out of Chocolate to Morphine, Andrew Weil's new book, written with professional kids'-book author Winifred Rosen. Dr. Weil, Harvard physician and frequent HIGH TIMES contributor, has previously written on altered states of consciousness, promoted by everything from drugs to ceremonial singing to solar eclipses, in The Natural Mind (1972) and The Marriage of the Sun and Moon (1980).
Government reports which discuss the perils of marijuana often refer to new sinsemilla marijuana strains that have a potency of 8 to 10 times the marijuana available 10 years ago. As usual, the government has messed up again. First of all, after working in the marijuana business for all these years, they should know that sinsemilla is a technique, not a variety.
He was already big enough to control one ton of racing beast. But could he tame the wild filly who served him his breakfast every morning?
Warming up Blue Mongoose on the backstretch before the last race, Larry Peterson noticed that the horse was really rank, almost spooked. Larry had been riding for 15 years and he knew his horses. This one really had a bug up its ass. Larry tried to let the horse ease out of it, but at post time things weren't any better.
REEFER MADNESS: The History of Marijuana in America
Part II: The Gore File
From 1932 to 1936 Anslinger strongly supported the Uniform State Laws, urging that the cannabis section be included by each state. The Bureau lobbied before each legislature in which the act was pending, oftentimes with agents doing the actual political pressuring.
443 ALTHOUGH BOOKS AND PAPERS continue to be published describing apparently new aspects of cocaine, fatalities from the drug are certainly not new. As early as 1891, J. B. Mattison discussed cocaine poisoning and reported four well-documented fatalities which occurred in 1887 and three in 1888.
Tales of Ordinary Madness is the cinematic immortalization of HIGH TIMES' resident genius on low life, booze, cooze and survival in the American underbelly—Charles Bukowski. The screenplay was inspired by Bukowski's writings, and the central character, "Charles Serking" (a razor-keen, deeply affecting performance by Ben Gazzara), is obviously none other than the Dirty Old Man himself, thinly disguised for popular consumption.
Prepackaged, premarketed and preeminently commercial, Scandal rides to success on the crest of the MTV wave.
Scandal is the perfect example of how a rock band is put together in the '80s. They had a video before they had a name; they had a contract before they had a band; they had a reputation before they had ever played a live performance. Masterminded by songwriter/ conceptualist Zack Smith, the group idea was premarketed so perfectly that a high-placed official at Columbia Records went out on a limb to sign them.
Internationally acclaimed photographer Jill Lynne covers the entertainment scene and creates art—through a new technique that employs the use of computer programming with laser color printing. The result is a dazzling array of intensely saturated images of music, fashion, theater and film.