Editor: Congratulations on your news reports about "The Paraquat Panic of 1983," HIGH TIMES, Dec. '83, and "The Denny Raid," HIGH TIMES, Jan. '84. You're the only publication I know of that lays it on the line. When I read another magazine or the newspaper, I only read about how lucky we are to have a drug-enforcement agency like the one we've got.
Ever think about nuclear war, ever really think about it so's you begin to visualize all those horrible things they're always tellin' us is gonna happen—like going home one day to find your house demolished and your mom and dad lying in the living room with their skins turned inside out and their heads swollen and black like burnt marshmallows?
The poster shown to the right is the work of Marek Moskal, a graphic artist living in Gliwice, Poland. Marek wrote and told us that he came across a copy of HIGH TIMES recently and liked it very much. He submitted this illustration of a marijuana plant with its leaves bent into the Solidarity salute and asked that we print it.
"I lost a few quarts of cold sweat reading the exposé of the DEA's Operation Optimal in the Feb. '84 issue," writes the anonymous soul who sent in these documents reproduced here. (See "They're Selling Ergotamine Tartrate!" by Dean Latimer.) This person came within a hairsbreadth of earning a federal "conspiracy" indictment in 1981, when he answered an ad in the Rolling Stone classifieds for a chemical company called "Georgia Lab Supply" in Decatur, Georgia.
U.S. THREATENS TO AX ALL AID IF DRUG PROGRAM KEEPS FALTERING
A CONCERTED ATTEMPT BY the Reagan administration to shut down the supply of cocaine at its agricultural source here seems destined for difficult straits, if not outright failure. And U.S. officials are beginning to complain publicly about the situation, perhaps in the hope that, even if they do not succeed in wiping out the coke trade, they may at least reap the residual political benefit of being seen to have tried.
LET’S GET THIS STRAIGHT!" rock ’n’ roll idol performer Paul McCartney cheekily told a shocked contingent of reporters at Heathrow Airport in London, fresh from his latest narcotic-drug escapade in the Caribbean: “I don’t think I'm setting an example to anyone.
EX-CONGRESSMAN CONFESSES TO FIVE-MONTH COKE BENDER
REP. JOHN BURTON served the interests of San Francisco’s Golden Gate district in Congress from 1975 to 1982, and spent the last five months of his tenure there strung out on cocaine, he told “Good Morning, America” recently. At host David Hartman’s prurient prodding, ex-Representative Burton fulsomely recreated the embarrassments and inconveniences of his $100,000 binge on Capitol Hill ho-ho powder, noting in passing that the lamentable episode transpired at the very same time as Washington whitewash artist Joe Califano was conducting his legendary “investigation” into charges of doping and teenageaide-fucking by elected officials.
POLICE IN NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, RECENTLY OPENED AN all-out investigation into charges that the head of the city’s Equal Opportunity Commission is a heroin addict. The charges were made by the EOC commissioner, Maurice Sykes, himself.
"IT’S THE SAME OLD STORY-AGAIN,” says a veteran New Jersey detective. “Man wants hooker, man takes hooker upstairs, man goes to sleep, man loses all his money.” In this case, though, it wasn’t good, wholesome alcoholic coma, but the dreaded “twilight sleep” of scopolamine that rendered the victim, a Michigan tourist at flashy Caesars Hotel/Casino, insensible to the rifling of his wallet and belongings.
FORMER GOVERNOR BROWN NOT INDICTED IN DEEPENING SCANDAL
INDICTED AT LAST ON A FEW YARDS OF COKEmoving charges, plus a host of related criminal conspiracies involving numerous notable high-society acquaintances, Lexington restaurateur John P. Lambert anticipates a speedy exoneration. “They’ve come up with a grand-jury indictment to justify the time and means they’ve spent on this thing,” Lambert says wearily of the federal government’s three-year investigation.
WE’RE NOW GOING AFTER FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLDS WHO ARE very experienced criminals,” reveals Detroit DEA supervisor Robert De Fauw. “The kids who were runners at twelve are now fifteen and working in supervisory positions.” A runner peddles the little manila coin envelopes full of brown sugar and heroin in parking lots and backstreet courtyards around Montrey-Dexter, the innermost-city area.
The following schedule of events was compiled from information provided by the New York Yippies and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). An updated version of this list will appear each month in Highwitness News.
THE WORLD CANNABIS March, scheduled for 5 May in New York, is the Fifth Avenue Pot Parade Coalition’s protest against the infamous United Nations Single Convention on narcotics: the international agreement instigated by the United States in 1961—when this country had much more influence with third-world nations than it does now.
ASERIES OF UNPARALLELED POPPY HARvests over the last four years has left Asian heroin movers with ruinously overloaded inventories, forcing a veritable closeout sale of merchandise which may have doubled or even trebled the number of heroin addicts in many developing nations between Pakistan and Malaysia.
Die-hard marijuana addicts will be pleased to note that this year’s sinsemilla harvest included some of the fiercest cannabis to date, at prices to match. The hot new rookie hybrid, “ruderalis” sinse (see last month’s ish), jumped another hundred dollars to level off at $420 an ounce.
AKA: Big H, boy, brown sugar, caballo, diacetylmorphine, chiva, crap, doo-jee, estuffa, scag, smack, stofa, stuff, etc.
NATURE AND USE
HAZARDS AND LIABILITIES
David E. Smith
Heroin is physically addictive. Tolerance and dependence develop rapidly. It is the most potent of all the substances derived from opium, and heroin users are most at risk of fatal overdoses. Abuse of heroin is mentally, physically and sexually debilitating.
He's the man who wrote the book on growing pot; a world traveled cannabis researcher who's brought back cultivation secrets from every part of the globe; and our own Ed of "Ask Ed" fame. In a wide-ranging interview Ed Rosenthal relates his life and high times.
The Sultan of Smoke, they call him: the Maharishi of Mota, the Burbank of Boo and a host of other alliterative titles which testify that Ed Rosenthal is the man who made American marijuana the best marijuana in the whole wide world. It was Rosenthal who brought the garden to the serpents, as it were, when in 1977 he coauthored The Marijuana Growers Guide with Mel Frank.
Has the Connoisseur got religion? Well, no. Not if by religion you mean pulpit stumpin' and Bible thumpin'. But if you're talking about feeling rolled round in the earth's diurnal course, with rocks and stones and trees, then yeah, why not.
What was the single best high you've ever experienced? People are always asking the Connoisseur that question, assuming, rightly, that he of all persons has experienced more varieties of herbal highs than anyone who has ever lived to tell about it.
The snoring in the flophouse was very loud, as usual, and Tom couldn't sleep. There must have been 60 cots in there and each was filled. The drunks snored the loudest, and most of them were drunks. Tom sat up and watched the moonlight come in through the windows and fall across the sleeping men.
FROM THE SECRET SCRAPBOOKS OF STEVE COOPER, DOPE PHOTOGRAPHER
Photographer Steve Cooper's work began appearing in HIGH TIMES with our January '77 cover. During the course of the next three years he contributed enormously to the look and vitality of the magazine in general, as well as creating some of our most memorable centerfolds.
America the strange-and in some cases the seriously disturbed if not the downright bizarre. Culled from a neverending roster of adjudicated anomalies, HIGH TIMES presents the perverse side of criminal law.
ABANDON DOPE, ABANDON HOPE
A CHUNK OF HASH, A PIZZA AND THOU...
WHAT TINFOIL? WHAT MIRROR?
THE LUCKY WIDOW
WHAT IS THE SOUND OF ONE HAND BEATING OFF?
BOOK CORRUPTS MAN
TERMINATE WITH EXTREME IDIOCY
GIRLS! MAKE BIG $$$$ MODELING!
MY SON, THE SNITCH
BETTER THAN A RUBBER HOSE
SNITCH VS. SNITCH
THE COWS MADE HIM DO IT
DRAW THE SHADES
ONE DEFENDANT, OVER EASY
ON THE NOD
The Criminal Law Monthly is one of the soberest, most unfunny publications in all publishing, which is what makes every single issue of it such a treat. CLM editor Patrick Bishop, the Houston attorney who inherited this impossible professional publication from the University of Houston Law School last year, reviews every single criminal case that reaches the appeals court, every single month.
Here are answers to a few of your recent stumper questions: Dear Ed, This letter is written in response to J.H. of Connecticut's stumper question in your Sept. '83 column regarding treating plants with aspirin during their flowering period.
It was flattery, Jack thought, to call it a shit. The stuff eddying in the toilet bowl looked more like the contents of a Toucan's crop, a moist multicolored wad of material that couldn't have been through much more than a tenth of the digestive process.
"Hashish," said the Unknown Hashmaker, "is easier to make than you think. I started making it because I figured that there had to be something better to do with the leaf that I gathered than just using it as mulch. I know that Americans have tried to extract the resin using boiling techniques, chemical treatments and other tortures, but they are often more trouble than they are worth.
The '70s had not been very kind to the state of rock 'n' roll in Los Angeles. Partly in reaction to the excess of the '60s, the '70s were a dull, bland period of insipid musical retreats. It was the time for bigbusiness MOR (Middle of the Road) rock, lulling damaged souls to subservience.
EARLY READERS OF LAST MONTH'S COLumn on the "drug courier profile" felt there was something missing in our hypothetical encounter with an airport narc. They wanted to know exactly what sort of interrogation could be expected from a cop who waylays people for questioning, and how travelers could avoid having their bags rummaged through willy-nilly.
527 DRUG ABUSE FOUND IN MEDICAL TRAINING The problem of drug abuse in the medical professions was dramatically underlined yesterday with the first published national survey of drug use within a single specialty. The survey, published yesterday in The Journal of the American Medical Association, was made among doctors and nurses training in the specialty of anesthesiology as well as their instructors.
Something strange happened to me in 1983: I began to get excited about movies again—not just the movies I caught in the revival houses, but the new movies, the recent releases, both foreign and domestic. Suddenly, for the first time in years, American directors—the ones locked to the studio system as well as the ones struggling in "independence"— began, here and there, to take chances, explode boundaries, reach out...