Editor: About nine months ago I offered HIGH TIMES the story of the decade for $50,000. Well, today I'm offering HIGH TIMES the same story for one-tenth of my original offer. That's only $5,000—not bad for my story; nor for a poor man! HIGH TIMES deals with millions of marijuana and drug people, many of whom are better people than those who judge us!
Bill Levy, our European Correspondent, sent us this postcard while he was in Spain working on an upcoming article that will examine that country's legalization of headstash. "Things haven't gotten this far," he assures us, "but the place has gone through some heavy changes since Franco kicked."
THIS SMACKS OF TOTALITARIANISM. THEY should be ashamed, and I'd tell them that to their faces," scolded Dr. Arnold Trebach, director of the Institute of Drugs, Crimes and Justice at American University in Washington, D.C. Trebach was responding to a recent blacklisting effort by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
ROGER DAVIS, WHOSE 40-YEAR SENTENCE for crimes involving about eight ounces of marijuana was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1982, has been freed at last. Davis, busted in October 1973 in Wytheville, Virginia, has consistently maintained that he was so severely punished not for dealing pot, but for affronting the racist power structure of small-town Virginia.
CLOSE FRIENDS AND THE FAMILY OF SGT. David McCowan have this one basic problem understanding why he’s in a military prison after pulling a marijuana “positive” on a urinalysis test: They’re sure McCowan has never smoked marijuana in his life.
DOCK ELLIS, FORMERLY OF THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES and currently a Los Angeles drug counselor, revealed recently that he was on LSD when he pitched a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in 1970. Ellis told the Pittsburgh Press that he had taken the acid on what he thought was an off day and only learned that he was scheduled to play when he read a newspaper about an hour later.
JARDINE, MATHESON AND COMPANY, THE gigantic international industrial combine which smuggled more opium than any private or public concern in history, is preparing to abandon Hong Kong at last. Founded in the 1820s by two legendary British super-mercantilists, Joseph Jardine and James Matheson, the company moved literally millions of cantaloupe-sized balls of brittle brown Indian opium through this offshore trade depot into Imperial China (where simple opium possession was a beheading offense) until the 1880s.
EVEN IF WE HAVE TO MOVE IT AROUND AS A GUERRILLA OPERATION," SAYS DANA Beal, arch-freak of the Yippies, the annual July 4 Smoke-in "will always happen." The July 4 Coalition has been smoking-in in Washington, D.C., on Independence Day ever since 1970.
THREE COPS ARE PICTURED out in the middle of a Kentucky hemp field, laboriously uprooting big, scrawny hemp plants, bagging them and burning them. Atthe edge of the field stands a caricature of Boone County sheriff Elmer Wright, his uniform soaked with the honest sweat of pot harvesting, bawling orders: "Saveth' seeds, boys!
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.
AN EX-STAFF SERGEANT AT PLATTSburgh Air Force Base, Kim Bartoletta, was found "not guilty" last March of the "use" of marijuana, despite a battery of urinalysis tests which had claimed there were THC traces in a urine sample she had furnished during a squadron piss sweep at Plattsburgh last fall.
For a couple of years now a new species of pot has been kicking around the marketplace, stirring up the curiosity of heads and growers. Cannabis ruderalis, the third major pot species, following sativa and indica, has so captured the imaginations of cannabis cultivators, that this year, for the first time, it reached the general market.
Methaqualone overdoses can cause delirium, restlessness, hypertonia or excessive tension, muscle spasms, convulsions, coma, shock, respiratory arrest and death. Accidents can result from the impaired motor coordination of intoxication.
For years touted by the cognoscenti as the comedian's comedian and the country's funniest white man, Richard Belzer is finally poised to break over the consciousness of mainstream USA. So what took him so long? An uncompromising sense of integrity for one thing, and a semisociopathic personality for another.
It ain't easy being a stand-up comic. Just you and a stool and a mike, frozen in the spotlight, onstage before (hopefully) an audience full of people who spent good money to get in the damn door and now are getting hustled for even better money for watered-down drinks and, as likely as not, are probably paying more cash for the babysitter back home.
When a man goes for a complete physical examination it's different than for a woman. When a woman goes, she puts her feet in stirrups and they play country and western music. But when a man goes, for some reason the doctor grabs the man by the balls and says, "Cough."
Believe it or not, growing under ideal conditions can have disastrous side effects. With everything going for them, plants may simply become too big and heavy to be supported by their stems. That's where the plant hormone "B-Nine" comes in.
I received a very interesting letter from an anonymous contributor: Dear Ed, Ideal conditions are the growers goal for producing healthy plants with good yields. However, there is a very real detrimental side effect to ideal conditions: the plant grows at twice the rate that it would in its natural environment.
He really does. And he says it's better than any pot he's ever smoked, and he can get as much of it as he wants—any time he wants—and what's more, it's free. Interested?
I want to tell you about a new drug. A fabulous drug, better than grass. It costs practically nothing; gets you higher than Colombian Gold in a profound, lasting way; doesn't give you a hangover the next day. And best of all—it's legal. You know that song by Huey Lewis and the News, "I Wanna New Drug"?
Since "R" does, in fact, jog himself, which is something I've never done since high school (when they made me do it), it's probably presumptuous of me to suggest bicycling as,a superior way of generating beta-endorphin, or whatever else it is that gets people high when they exercise.
When the owner and manager of a ballclub don't get along, everybody loses. Except Tanya, the cocktail waitress.
It was a press conference at the office of the Groundhogs. The cameras flashed and the owner had his arm around the shoulders of the new manager. Only he wasn't new. Clint Stockmeyer had hired Larry Nelson twice before and had fired him twice.
FROM THE SECRET SCRAPBOOKS OF STEVE COOPER, DOPE PHOTOGRAPHER, PART II
Legitimate artist-photographer, hard-boiled shooter of the world's best "merch," Steve Cooper is a man of many faces. In this, the second excerpt from his notorious Scrapbooks, he takes us behind the scenes of some of our most memorable pictorials.
November '77—"That's 300 pounds of primo Colombian Cheeba Cheeba you see there. The stuff came packed in huge barrels which we emptied onto the floor to get this shot. The next day I got a frantic call from HIGH TIMES: 'The guy whose stuff it was says it came back six pounds light and what are you going to do about it, Cooper?
A selection of some of the most exotic controlled-substances recipes gathered from around the world. Now you'll be able to spread Bhang Butter on your morning toast and wash it down with a Betel Nut Malted.
THE WHITE COOKY
BETEL NUT MALTED
SOME INDIAN RECIPES:
THE SACRED GHEE, or Bhang Butter
Cookbooks come and go, but when The Hashish Cookbook first bubbled up in 1966 it became an instant classic. Xeroxed copies were smuggled cross-country in the backpacks of brownie-chomping hippies. Overseas the book was translated into a dozen tongues, and bakeshops were opened all over Europe that offered its realized recipes.
President Reagan is on Janey's mind again. The way he used to lie to her, beat her and screw her so good. "The president didn't mind that there was nowhere to fuck," she said. "Only I minded. He said all that mattered was that there was political disruption in the air."
This time when I run after a man who doesn't want me, I'm really going to run after him. I'm sitting in the Café Tangier and smoking a cigarette. "Look," my friend Michal says to me, "that's Jean Genet!" Jean Genet walks slowly, his hands are in his pockets, he stares as if he's not seeing anything, eyes fixed, at this café.
With over three-fourths of the earth's surface covered with water you'd think that securing a few drops for your own little garden wouldn't present much of a problem. Hardly. Getting enough water to their patch is the point on which many cultivators invariably get stuck.
HOSE AND PIPE
It is estimated that there are roughly 369,820,250,000,000,000,000 gallons of water on the earth. (In English this translates into 369 quintillion, 820 quadrillion, 250 trillion.) Ninety-seven percent of this water is in the oceans, leaving only 3 percent as a fresh-water supply.
Why do people start smoking marijuana? What are the most common effects smoking has on these individuals? To what extent does a person's social environment influence the type of smoker they become? Extrapolated from literally thousands of hours of tape-recorded interviews, the answers to these basic questions begin to emerge, giving us a clearer picture of the phenomenology of being high.
Dr. Norman E. Zinberg
At nearly every convention NORML has ever held, anywhere in the country, the tweedy and intense presence of Dr. Norman Zinberg has been conspicuous. Political opportunists and "parents power" pundits have, consequently, regularly anathematized and slandered Zinberg before congressional committees as a conspicuous "prodrug lobbyist."
High Food—A magnificent new cookbook about America's greatest indigenous cuisine—and its most stellar chef.
They wait in line for hours on Chartres Street in New Orleans at K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen. At this restaurant, both the cuisine and the chef rate four stars! "When the taste changes with every bite and the last bite is as good as the first, that's Cajun!
It's no longer the feds who guard individual rights...
REMEMBER GOV. GEORGE WALLACE standing in the schoolhouse door, fighting a lonely battle for "states' rights"?—specifically the right of Alabama to deny civil rights to her black citizens, despite the edicts of Earl Warren's Supreme Court.
539 SMOKING AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) 1983 report on the health consequences of smoking reviews the evidence associating smoking with coronary heart disease (CHD) and other forms of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
What do a middle-class Jewish kid from Brooklyn and a middle-age black ex-farm worker from the Mississippi Delta have in common? Just a feeling called "the blues." A tribute to Muddy Waters.
When I was 15 I lived in one of those big brick houses in a Brooklyn Jewish neighborhood. I had a group of friends and we all did the same things. We called each other by our last names, played sewer-to-sewer football, dressed in T-shirts and dungarees and hung around on Saturday nights eating take-out Chinese from King Ho.
Pot Shots is the title of an hour-long video filmed in the hills of Northern California. The best dope farmers in the region pooled their horticultural secrets, creating a how-to growers' video that virtually guarantees a successful harvest.
Woman in Flames explores the warped love affair of a professional dominatrix and a bisexual gigolo; it is a coldhearted, comic autopsy of "liberated" sexuality.
Virtually within minutes of the opening credits of Robert Van Ackeren's Woman in Flames, and with no psychological "explanation," Van Ackeren shows us a piquantly sexy, really ravishing young housewife (the bored bride of a self-absorbed academic) leaving her husband, moving in with a girlfriend, becoming a whore, screwing her first trick, falling in love with a bisexual gigolo and setting up housekeeping with him.