Editor: It's about time Rick Derringer got some attention, and it figures it would be from HIGH TIMES ["Sounds," May '83]. My compliments on your music section. I've been listening to Derringer for many years and could never understand why he hasn't been able to get some kind of airplay for his tunes.
From France comes Viper, a witty and irreverent mixed bag of sex, drugs and more drugs. Actually, there's not all that much sex in the magazine either, but there are loads of underground cartoons by some of France's most celebrated artists, articles on everything from computer games to magic mushrooms and a whole bunch of other neat stuff a Frenchman couldn't find in Paris Match.
APPARENTLY AT LOOSE ENDS OVER THE LACK of bloody firefights in the war on drugs he oversees, Vice-President George Bush is making efforts to escalate the conflict. In mid May, addressing the 102nd graduating class of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, he seemed more than willing to use inflammatory rhetoric and misinformation to spur the cadets toward fearful and trigger-happy behavior.
"THE UBIQUITOUS DEA agent Paul Markonni once again sticks his nose into the drug trade,” wrote the magistrates of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in a recent decision. “Zeke, Rocky, Bodger and Nebuchadnezzar, and the drug dogs of the Southeast, had better beware.
FOLLOWING ONE OF THE MOST DELECtable anonymous tips ever, Treasury Secretary Donald Regan was delayed for about 45 minutes at Andrews Air Force Base in the middle of the night while U.S. Customs drug dogs gave his luggage the once-over. As head of Treasury, Regan is Grand High Potentate of the department of government that includes the Customs Service, but he had to sit there anyway, to his great displeasure, while the pooches did their number.
DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADministration agents and Cochise County sheriff’s deputies had themselves cranked up for a good ol’ commando-style marijuana raid that bright spring day. The DEA spotter plane circled over the Bergquist house, flying cover for the impending overland charge.
SOUTH CAROLINA AND Georgia are the latest states to mobilize their National Guards in the service of the war on drugs. The South Carolina guard graduated its first class in “drug-smuggling surveillance” this past spring, versing militiamen in the fine points of recognizing boats or planes that might be carrying contrabrand, airstrips that could be used for unloading dope and, of course, the occasional marijuana patch in some secluded field—though no one ever explained what that had to do with drug smuggling.
SUCCESSFUL HEROIN DETOXification requires lots of rest, massage, regular herbal purges and the grace of God, says traditional healer Raden Suratman, who has devised the first-recorded detox routine tailored especially for Muslim smack addicts.
A 32-YEAR-OLD CANADIAN MAN, PLUMBER BY TRADE, GOT sick as a dog—or mule—as he passed through Customs at Kennedy International Airport here in May. He had just arrived on a flight from Bombay, India, and was about to change planes and continue on to Montreal.
THE PRETTY LADY WOULD show up at My Place on Jamaica Avenue in Queens, take a cozy booth, order vodka and orange juice and set about negotiating for cocaine. My Place is an after-hours joint, and the wheedling and finagling often stretched well past the rosy-fingered dawn over nearby Kennedy International Airport, but the pretty lady never ordered more than one cocktail.
'SCRIPT DRUG COMPANIES SET TO AIM AD CAMPAIGNS DIRECTLY AT CONSUMERS
RISKS SEEN FOR GULLIBLE PATIENTS
Death by Oraflex
Nag Your Doctor
SICK PEOPLE WILL SOON HAVE THE inestimable benefit of slick, high-powered print and television ads for drugs to treat their medical disorders. Pharmaceutical firms are gearing up to go the entire Madison Avenue route, shilling their most expensive (and dangerous) restricted substances directly to the public.
A legend of psychedelic culture is facing the grim prospect of spending her final days in jail. She is Doña Maria Sabina, the mushroom queen of Huautla, a mountain village in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Maria, a Mixtec Indian, came to the attention of the rest of the world in the late ’60s when she was discovered by the burgeoning army of consciousness explorers who roamed the planet then.
There has been growing concern over the relationship of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) and certain patterns of drug abuse. To date, correlations between AIDS and some kinds of drug abuse have been established. We know that certain disease syndromes are related to drug abuse, either in their formation or in their transmission among individuals.
They started out in dank gyms in the South Bronx: Flash huddled over his turntables like some mad scientist while the Furious Five passed the mike. Then "The Message" changed the face of rap music.
"Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five" sounds like the name of a group with a lead vocalist and five backup singers, but it's not that way at all. Flash himself does next to nothing vocally; he pilots the turntables onstage to provide the musical backdrop for the raps and songs laid down by the rest of the group.
In Part I of the "Peashooter Perplex," it was explained how, in 1979, a panel of the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the stimulating decongestant phenylpropanolamine (PPA) for diet-aid purposes. Unfortunately, it wasn't just "respectable" drug companies like Thompson Medical (Dietac, etc.) and Smith Kline Beckman (Dexatrim) who cashed in on it, by producing prettycolored peashooter pills and capsules full of PPA and caffeine.
It was an awkward plan carried out by amateurs. No one was supposed to get hurt. No one was supposed to die. What went wrong? No one has gotten up the courage to go back into that Louisiana swamp to find out.
John Agar sleeps. In the swamp a dozen formerly unemployed Negroes from Morgan City dance listlessly around a bonfire. A man dressed in a hula skirt throws wood on the flames. The formerly unemployed Negroes are rousing themselves into a frenzy of revenge.
An age-old method of plant propagation has recently been adapted to the particular needs of America's leading underground cash crop. Perfected in Amsterdam, this new technique has gleaned astonishing results—not to mention bushier and more potent plants.
Propagation through cuttings is an age-old method that has always been hit or miss when it comes to marijuana, because marijuana generally does not like to take root in this manner. Recently, more elaborate methods have been devised that make a high success ratio (90-95 percent) possible.
Dear Ed: I have two questions. What size pots should be used to grow full-size indoor plants? Should dead and dying leaves and lower leaves be trimmed from the plant? —W. Alice, Tex. The root system serves the plant in several ways. It holds it upright, so that the plant is in the proper position to take advantage of the sun; it also supplies the plant with water and water-soluble nutrients.
A head-candy made from powdered hemp, honey fruit and nuts, majoon is the Arab in the street's choice for a quick pick-me-up and an all-day-long hallucination.
Majoon, majoun, ma'jun ... how soft the word is, how full of magic and jinn, how dark to the imagination! Majoon is the Arabic word for jam, but here in Morocco and all through the Islamic world, everyone knows that it is a special confection with Indian hemp, or kif, as its main ingredient.
In search of something good to say about the EMIT Urinalysis Test, our Sordid Affairs Editor stumbled upon a redneck nest of deceit, coercion and—would you believe it—religious fanaticism in a drug rehabilitation center in Dougherty County, Georgia,
The citation in last April's Federal Reporter is Owens v. Kelley, and if you come across it, I would be greatly obliged for the Xerox. It went up to the eleventh circuit, and they sent it back to the trial court for clarification. Maybe Their Worships were just laughing too hard to come up with a decision.
Given the immutable fact that the History of Man suggests only certain death for the individual, what else could Larry do but go face the young skirts of Modem Lit. 101?
Larry awakened, got out of the twisted sheets, walked to the window which overlooked the neighborhood to the east and he saw the garage roofs and the trees with their barren branches. His hangover was about standard and he walked to the bathroom to piss, did that, turned to the basin to wash his hands, then he splashed water on his face, and then he did it: He looked at the face in the mirror, found it less than enchanting...
REEFER MADNESS: The History of Marijuana in America
Part IV: The Bureau Retreats.
Although the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 did little to deter hip young heads like Bernie Brightman from schlepping up to Harlem to hit the tea pads, the legislation did effectively end the medicinal cannabis market. Due to the licensing regulations, most wholesale dealers refused to distribute the drug after the act passed.
468 CANADIAN WHISKEY CAUSES MORE damage in the U.S. than the pollutants from U.S. industry into the air over Canada. Neil Tostensen, president of Ohio Mining and Reclamation Assn., Toronto Clarion, May 6, 1983 469 SALT LAKE CITY, MAY 22 (UPI)— Young women who smoke run 17 times the risk of developing cervical cancer than nonsmokers, according to a University of Utah study.
Once again the Jefferson Airplane/Starship's ex-psychedelic crooner boldly charts a solo path to the top of the charts.
Marty Balin is a rare rock 'n' roll star—a singer who manages to maintain a low profile without being soporifically "mellow." In the past, music industry insiders have tagged the Jefferson Airplane founder a loner, calling him his own worst enemy because he's not afraid to walk away from situations that look like bullshit even if it costs him money.
James Bond, Cheech and Chong, Princess Leia and a rehabilitated Norman Bates are just some of the characters that will be romping through your neighborhood movie houses this summer.
Octopussy (D: John Glen. Sc: George MacDonald Fraser, R. Maibaum and M.G. Wilson. With Roger Moore, Maud Adams and Louis Jourdan)—There seems to be no way to predict quality on the James Bond series: not by director (Lewis Gilbet's The Spy Who Loved Me was excellent, his Moonraker a clunker and Guy Hamilton has never done anything half as good as Goldfinger since), not by original novel (they all get substantially changed) and not by star (Sean Connery, Roger Moore—and even George Lazenby—have all been in Bond gems, and Moore and Connery in Bond bombs as well).