Editor: I would like you to consider publishing the following letter. While traveling from Northern California to Denver, Colorado, I unfortunately stopped in Reno, Nevada. I have now been in jail there for 110 days awaiting trial. I am charged with possession and possession for sale (both for marijuana); each charge is a felony here.
Old-timers may recall the names of Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, but it's unlikely they ever heard of Tom Forcade before his 1979 obituary in HIGH TIMES—the magazine Tom founded 10 years ago, after squeaking himself out of the Chicago Eight conspiracy.
that, contrary to prevailing sociological thought, rape is not a purely human phenomenon? Among mallard ducks, gang rape of the female frequently occurs, often resulting in the female's death since she may have had her head held under water during her ordeal.
With all the different types of grass available, it's only fitting that there should be a chosen one for the '84 Games. Now Inner-Sanctum Prod. has done just that. California Sinsemilla, the Games' host "weed," will be the connoisseur's choice. Each T-shirt or Spaghetti Strap comes with a four-color silkscreen design that can be worn on a light blue, tan or white shirt. Soon to be a collector's item, you can purchase your T-shirt or Spaghetti Strap by sending just $9.95 to Inner-Sanctum Prod., P.O. Box 11054, Las Vegas, NV 89111 (Nevada residents add 5¾% sales tax). Matching baseball caps available in the same colors for $7.49.
Originally designed to dispense medically prescribed doses of marijuana to glaucoma patients, the Jay-A-Day offers "Computer Age" convenience and "willpower." You preplan your own smoking time or times, set the master control and let the system conveniently dispense your smoke. The Jay-A-Day will dispense from 1 to 12 prerolled cigarettes per day, or as few as one per month. The system holds up to a 30-day supply, has a built-in cleaning tray and a 3-ounce storage compartment. Send $149 plus $3 shipping to: Control Systems, 3 Cardinal Ct., Suite 301, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Announcing one of the first patented grow-light systems—Aqua Cultures' "Solar Shuttle" is now patented! The Solar Shuttle is a motorized six-foot-long track that cycles an attached light every 40 minutes. When you hang a halide lamp from the Shuttle, it glides almost soundlessly back and forth over the plants. The results are better for your plants, i.e., light penetrates to the lower leaves, causes level crop growth and fuller, bushier plants. The motion of the lamp reduces the heat received by each one, so the lamp can be placed closer to your plants. It's easy to install and virtually maintenance free. Thousands of people are now using the Solar Shuttle and have found that it does the work of three ordinary lamps while giving the grower more luxuriant and healtheir plants. At $99 the Solar Shuttle (six-inch track, motor and chain) pays for itself in no time. To order, just write Aqua Culture, at P.O. Box 26467, Tempe, AZ 85282, or call (602) 966-6429. Arizona residents please include 6% sales tax.
FLEDGLING FIRMS VIE FOR POSITION IN RUSH TO MARKET DRUG-TESTING GEAR
The Mail-Order Piss Test
The Brain Zapper
"THERE IS A GREAT DENIAL of the drug problem in this country," Luis Dominguez of Checkpoint Laboratories was incessantly reminding the press last winter. “The children deny to the parents that they’re taking drugs. Parents deny it to themselves that their child does have a drug problem.
MAYBEL, 83, PLAYS THE PIANO WHILE NARCS SEARCH HER HOUSE
"THEY DONE MADE ME famous even in the detective magazines," Maybel Cawthornlaments. “Thereain’t no more need for it.” Sorry, Maybel, HIGH TIMES can’t resist recounting your misfortunes, just once more. Ms. Cawthorn is the object of all this media attention because she was sentenced in February, at age 83, to a three-year jail term for selling a small amount of marijuana to an agent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).
IN JANUARY, IT WAS ONE OF the U.S. Justice Department’s biggest publicity scores: 13 people indicted in a major ongoing conspiracy involving the importation of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine to the New York area; $3.5 million profit in a single month; machine guns with silencers—and thanks to the coordinated efforts of every conceivable federal agency, the perpetrators were all safely behind bars.
IT WAS AN UGLY DEAL TO BE PARADED LIKE that, before God and everybody. The Harris County district attorney’s office had made a sliding-scale arrangement with accused cocaine dealer David Green: If he brought the cops “four indictable quality and quantity” dope cases, they would reduce the charges against him to possession and recommend five years’ probation; if he snitched off five people, he would get five years’ probation “with deferred adjudication”—meaning he would end up with a clean record if he stayed out of trouble for the full five years; and if the busts resulted in the confiscation of a whole kilo of cocaine, the charges against him would be dismissed, period.
SUPERIOR COURT JUSTICE Gerald Ryan laid it down hard: "The brutal fact is that during the perpetration of his crimes, Henri Marchessault was the supreme authority in the Montreal Urban Community police in charge of curbing the traffic in drugs."
POMPANO BEACH UNDER-cover narcotics officer Doug Cable had a kilogram of uncut cocaine for sale, but no buyers for it, until a couple of local people told him about some guys in Fort Lauderdale who were swimming in cash and desperate for dope.
THE ENTIRE EMIT-ST DRUG-URINALYSIS system has been ruled insufficient to prove “use” or “possession” of drugs in legal proceedings within Massachusetts prisons. The EMIT-st urinalysis line, which looks through human urine for end-product traces of marijuana, cocaine, opiates and several other “abuse”-type drugs, was found forensically invalid—even by jail-quality rules of evidence—by Superior Court Associate Justice Hillel Zobel.
THE FORCADE BE WITH YOU TRANS-HIGH MARKET ANALYSIS
A good deal has been written over the last few years concerning the origins of HIGH TIMES and the life of its late founder, Thomas King Forcade. Much of it has been far from the mark, either deifying Tom or vastly underestimating his organizational skills and powers of imagination.
Solvent-sniffing can cause death by asphyxiation or suffocation, and can impair judgment and produce irrational, reckless behavior. Abnormalities have occurred in liver and kidney functions. Bone-marrow damage has occurred. Chromosome damage and blood abnormalities have been reported.
To celebrate our Tenth Anniversary we present a candid conversation with our own Executive Almighty Editor. Respected by some as the world's foremost dope journalist, reviled by others as the scribbling left arm of Satan, Dean Latimer, we find, talks almost as good as he writes.
Veteran readers of this magazine will recognize Dean Latimer as a venerable scribe of investigative humor and ironic diatribe. He is also HIGH TIMES' most tenured employee. Hired originally by the late, legendary Tom Forcade himself, the magazine's charismatic founder—an historical figure for whom Latimer still harbors highly ambivalent feelings—he has contributed to every single issue.
"Amusing but not impertinent." So say the guzzlers of marijuana wine. Plus, it tastes real good and you don't have to worry about looking like a dumbo when you're asked what food it goes with. It goes with everything.
Dear Ed, I found your interview with the Unknown Brewer [HIGH TIMES, Oct. '83] very informative. I expect that wine will be next, although it should have been first because it's so much easier to do. Having long enjoyed wine and smoke and their mellow effects together, pot wine seemed a natural.
It was a punishing battle, but our Connoisseur is confident of a unanimous decision. Consequently, he's chosen to lift his ban on indica and let the people decide.
It's time for the Connoisseur to go on the offensive. The time has come to turn the tide, win the battle for the hearts and minds of the American grass smoker and save America from the insidious influx of indica. Victory is within our grasp. For many long bleak months it seemed like a hopeless quixotic cause.
Tenth Report to the U.S. Congress from the Secretary of Health and Human Services 1984
What Is Marihuana?
Adverse Health Consequences of Marihuana
Impaired Short-Term Memory and Slowed Learning
Impaired Lung Function Similar to That Found in Cigarette Smokers (Indications Are That More Serious Effects May Ensue Following Extended Use)
Decreased Sperm Count and Sperm Motility
Interference with Ovulation and Prenatal Development
Impaired Immune Response
Possible Adverse Effects on Heart Function
CANNABIS BIOMETABOLISM CHART
The Crying Need for More Marihuana Research
The chairman of the National Institute of Self-Abuse, Dr. William Potlin, bears notice with this signature that no single syllable in this document is his sole responsibility. All utterances on this controversial and dangerous controlled substance are to be attributed to anonymous NISA department heads, researchers, reviewers, editors, kibitzers, hacks and other flunkies.
The Trans-High Market Quotations are intended solely for comparative purposes and in no way are meant as an inducement to illegal activity, nor as an endorsement of any drug or drug usage or trafficking. The prices listed are the latest available from our stringers around the world.
Buy American is a slogan we heartily endorse. However, these fine imports are savored by collectors as rare examples of horticultural expertise. Ten years ago this month, HIGH TIMES ran its first dope pictorial. As you can see, the layout may have been primitive but our heads were in the right place.
Like all other living things, plants are what they eat. If you want big, strong, healthy plants that'll make you proud when you see them and high when you smoke them— you gotta feed 'em right.
Micronutrients (Trace Elements)
ORGANIC SOURCES OF ESSENTIAL PLANT NUTRIENTS Nitrogen(N) Phosphorus(P) Potassium(K)
For every ounce of matter produced by growing plants—roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seeds—an ounce of nutrients will have been processed. These nutrients are inorganic minerals and compounds which plants synthesize into organic plant tissue.
I bet Margaret Mead never had to go through this, Jack thought as he tore-ass from the Jivaro headhunters who were convinced he was carrying the spirits of two tribesmen in his Kodachrome film canisters.
Our story thus far:Jack, a tenured prof at a college located in a temperate rain forest (let's just call it Oregon) has been told by his old friend Professor Ariel, the head of the Anthropology Department, that in order to keep that tenure, and for the good of the department, Jack will have to revisit the upper Amazon basin.
Sandra wants more cocaine. There's a naked black man throwing empty wine bottles off the roof and screaming, "Death to Whitey." Big Sam is trying to kill him with a double-barrel shotgun, and the typewriter keeps falling off the table.
It's a hot summer night, a very hot summer night, and I am sitting in the kitchen, typer on the breakfast-nook table, only there's no breakfast-nook and we are always too sick to eat breakfast. Anyhow, I am trying to type up some kind of a story, well, not some type, rather, a dirty story for one of the mags (Jesus, writing's hard: wasn't there an easier way to say that?).
In his first report from Europe, our man in Amsterdam ruminates on royalty, Europe's prime endangered species. What could you possibly say in favor of monarchy? Well, monarchy means only one family steals your attention... and money.
William Levy is our Amsterdam-based European Correspondent. He is the author of Natural Jewboy and editor of Certain Radio Speeches of Ezra Pound. A book of poems, Die Kunst des Flirten, will be published this winter. His "Fifth Column" will appear in these pages from time to time.
"Shock is a way of ungluing the insides of people's heads," says Jello Biafra of the Dead Keinnedys. Of course, it helps if the head is softened up by a few well-placed motorcycle-boot kicks. Our salute to San Francisco hardcore!
Whether the Sex Pistols were meant to be a nine-month wonder garnering laughs and money for their situationist manager Malcom McLaren, or "a force to set the world on its ear," it is clear that they were perceived as the latter in California from their inception to their final disintegration.
Mule hunting, as practiced on I-40 in old New Mexico
IN NEW MEXICO ALONG INTERSTATE 40, state police are busting coke mules by droves. Between July '83 and January '84 they seized 1,574 pounds of cocaine, $1.7 million in cash and 23 automobiles. By comparison, only 464 pounds of cocaine were confiscated in the Los Angeles area in all of 1983.
533 CHOCOLATE AND BOOZE PIGOUT Skyrocketing corn prices have turned out to be a b1essing in disguise for pigs—because farmers are now fattening up their hogs on a diet of chocolate and booze! When the summer drought drove corn prices up, many farmers began feeding their pigs cookies and milk.
The Woodman's most accomplished film so far features a bizarre cast, none of whom would be caught dead at Elaine's.
If Manhattan and Annie Hall gave us Woody Allen's bittersweet and slightly sarcastic vision of New York City's urban intellectuals—all those people who might browse through Bloomingdale's on the way to a new Bergman at the Baronet with a Village Voice folded under their arms—then his wonderful new comedy, Broadway Danny Rose, is an even fonder, funnier tribute to a different New Yorker: one Allen knows no less wittily, no less well.