Editor: As are most of Charles Bukowski's stories, "Vengeance of the Damned" [HIGH TIMES, May '84] was a totally absorbing, entertaining narrative. Truly a Jack Kerouac of the '80s. His stories, along with Ed Rosenthal's growing articles, are what I buy HIGH TIMES for.
The Metropolitan Police Department of London has an "Obscene Publications" branch, whose officers have their own club tie. It bears the knitted motif of a book being cut in half by a pair of scissors. Thus, there's a commendable esprit de corps among this clutch of specialthought police, and since last fall they've been burning up the bookstores with a vigor unseen since the great Lady Chatterly's Lover prosecutions of the 1950s.
You Can't Tell the Players Without a Scorecard Dept....
The following question and answer ran in a local Montana paper and was sent to us by Robert Hildebrand. Tues8, Jan. 31 1984 IN'JOURNAL’ cape Girardeau, Mo., DEAR SPEAK OUT: Tonight my16-year~old daughter, who is a cheerleader at Central High School in Cape, was teliirg me about Lennoils Tomb in Russia.
Photographer-poet-New Age raconteur Ira Cohen took this photograph of a no-frills cremation along the banks of the Bagmati River in Katmandu, Nepal, during his 10-year sojourn in the East. This particular shot is one of a series depicting religious persons and themes along with glimpses of secular life recently exhibited at the V.
A BRILLIANT HIGH-TECHNOLOGY PLOY BY FEDeral narcotics officials to seize large quantities of raw currency has turned up evidence that ought to dismay every honest American: The entire paper money supply of the United States seems to he contaminated with dope!
FIVE TIMES THE U.S. CUSTOMS SERVICE found caches of cocaine on Eastern Airlines Flight 10 from Lima and Panama City, and five times they seized the dope, but the fifth time, on April 24, they also confiscated the entire L-1011 passenger liner that contained the coke.
IT’S A SEASONAL THING NOW in Los Angeles high schools, a solid part of the learning experience: In midterm of the first semester, the narcs enroll as transfer students, and pal up to people and beg them to sell pot. Then, toward the end of the semester, these bright-faced young kiddie narcs show up in their police uniforms, with plenty of larger and stronger policemen behind them, and they bust anybody they want to, pretty much, for “sale” of pot.
"THERE HAS TO COME A point when you, who are responsible for hundreds of people on drugs going out and committing crimes, at some point you have to pay the ultimate penalty,” said the man with the bald head and the furtive smirk. Death. That’s what best-selling author and New York Mayor Ed Koch was recommending as punishment for multiple-conviction drug defendants.
THE POPULAR “LOVE TRANQ,” Quaalude, was taken out of production in the United States late last year, rendering an uncountable host of downer fanciers permanently disconsolate. And as if on cue, at virtually the same moment in historic time, Mother Nature revealed to scientists that she’s been cooking up a version of Quaaludes since the dawn of creation, the benefit—presumably, anyhow—of a species of teeny-tiny, manylegged wood bugs.
SCIENTISTS APPEAR TO BE ZEROING IN AT LAST ON THE SPECIFIC body chemicals that promote tolerance to opiates. The hormone cholecystokinin (CCK) was discovered last year to work in the body to counteract the effects of the body’s own “opiate,” the famous beta-endorphin.
THE U.S. DRUG ENFORCEment Administration (DEA) appears to owe more than $30,000 to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), but they’re reluctant to pay—so reluctant, in fact, that they are engaging in a lengthy federal case to try to escape the debt.
Like many other serious potsmokers, I recently made a pilgrimage to that mecca of boo, Jamaica, to check out the legendary ganja. For sheer availability, it was no disappointment. Everywhere I went the pot vendors hovered around like the ubiquitous vultures overhead, plying, for the most part, overpriced and underpowered wild weeds.
Barbiturates can induce tolerance and physical and psychological dependence. As tolerance develops, the effective dose comes closer and closer to a fatal dose. Withdrawal symptoms include physical weakness, dizziness, anxiety, tremors, hyperactivity, sleeplessness, nausea, abdominal cramps and vomiting, delirium, delusions and hallucinations.
For the last four years the Los Angeles law offices of Michael Nasatir, Victor Sherman and Richard Hirsch have organized a unique gathering known as the Aspen Advanced Criminal Law Seminars. Each winter defense lawyers from all over the United States, most of whom specialize in drug cases, gather in the opulent ski mecca to consort with judges, politicians, sociologists, psychologists and even some representatives of law enforcement.
The primary reason for pruning your plants is to avoid detection. Short plants with wide diameters are much less likely to be spotted than a patch of 15-footers swaying in the breeze.
Dear Ed, I live in the central valley of California, and normally plant in May. The average summer temperatures are between 85 and 100 degrees. My plants are fifteenfoot monsters by October, when nighttime temperatures drop by fifty percent and flower cluster begins to swell.
Note to Readers: Most of this story was written over a year ago, and was suppressed for reasons of simple incredulity. It's a distillation of the federal General Accounting Office's most recent assessment of the flaws and failures of federal drug-interdiction policies, with particular emphasis on the reluctance of the U.S. military to get involved with the suppression of dope smuggling.
A reproduction of the Moroccan Scrapbooks William S. Burroughs
"I've recently done a lot of experiments with scrapbooks. I'll read in the newspaper something that reminds me of or has relation to something I've written. I'll cut out the picture or article and paste it in a scrapbook beside the words from my book.
Last month we ran interviews which detailed marijuana users' experiences of what it meant to get high. More specifically, they spoke on the beginning of use, the effects of use and the social sanctions and rituals that helped control use. This month we explore the same areas, but in terms of the psychedelics—primarily LSD.
Meryl was living in an apartment in the Haight-Ashbury when I finally quit my hotel-managing job and moved in with her. I guess you could say I'd been tuned in and turned on for a long time, but hadn't got it up to drop out till now. Consequently—though I'd been smoking grass practically since I arrived in San Francisco two years before, and had watched the Summer of Love come and go, I had only tried taking acid once, so far.
Steve Cooper constructed this scientifically accurate model of an LSD molecule himself, under the supervision of a Ph.D. biochemist at the University of Rochester. Mind you, it's not the structure of an atom—it's the atomic structure of a molecule—the organic kind, that we're made up of ourselves, and which, for all its complexity, has been discovered spectrographically to exist in the furthest reaches of the universe.
Finally a definitive answer to our readers' most frequently asked question: "What's the best way to tell the sex of my plants?" Cloning is the surest and most effective way to determine your plant's sex, plus, it enhances yields and assures top-quality smoke.
In August marijuana shows several signs of sexual differentiation. Male plants usually grow tall and lanky while females grow denser with shorter spaces between the sets of leaves. Sometimes there are a few premature flowers at the joint of the leaf and stem, between the eighth and twelfth internode.
(1) With a sharp blade (do not use scissors), take cuttings from firm healthy branches about ⅛ to ¼" in diameter and 2" to 8" in length. Trim off one to three sets of leaves and buds (nodes) so the stem can fit in the soil. Immediately place the little clones in fresh water after cutting and stripping lower leaves off.
It's not clear to me how it came about exactly. There had been a five-thousand advance and then a year or so had gone by and I heard from Harry Flax that they were shooting the movie in Italy. Harry Flax was kind of a front-runner, con man and pusher for Waterbed Press.
"OPEN FIELDS," THAT'S WHAT THE milestone Oliver/Thornton decision, rendered by the U.S. Supreme Court in April, was ostensibly about. "Open fields" : Nobody has been able to pry those two words out of quotation marks since. The phrase is taken from a Prohibition-era bootlegging case decided in 1924: It seems the cops in that case had watched from a distance as a booze dealer named Hester handed a bottle to a customer outside a house.
542a FEM LUNG CANCER ZOOMS Washington (UPI) — Lung cancer cases among women doubled between 1969 and 1980 and the disease will surpass breast cancer as the top cancer killer of women next year, Dr. Vincent DeVita Jr., the director of the National Cancer Institute, said yesterday.
There have been a slew of books on Bob Marley since the reggae star's tragic death from cancer in 1981, but Bob Marley—Reggae King of the World, written from a decidedly Rasta perspective, is the first to thoroughly chronicle Marley's messianic mission through insightful interviews with Bob and his inner circle.
Paul Mazursky's Moscow on the Hudson is a romantic-comic fable about the perils of immigration and assimilation, a slightly fantastical version of the same story Elia Kazan told in America, America and The Arrangement. A third of the story takes place in Moscow—a gray, drizzly, gloomy dungeon of a city in which people queue endlessly for toilet paper and soap, and any stray rebellious word immediately reaches the KGB.
Emerald City Halide has introduced a new light turret for use with two lights. The lights rotate in a one-half circle and then back again in one minute. At maximum separation [7½') they can service a 15' square area; minimum separation (4'4") services an 8' area. No hot spots, no shady spots—FULLER GROWTH!! Available for $115 from Emerald City Halide, 8011 Lake City Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98115, (206) 522-1471.
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Mr. and Mrs. Chrenshaw of Micanopy, Florida, have used what is now known as simply "The Trimmer" for the past 40 years. John Crenshaw invented it for the purpose of trimming more effectively the corn and other vegetable products he and his pioneering family produced. After many years of negotiation with the Chrenshaw family, the Vegetable Trimmer Corporation has acquired the rights to "The Trimmer," and gladly offers this one-ofa-kind trimming machine to all of you homegrowers in hopes that you will be as pleased with the results as were the entire Chrenshaw family and friends for many years. To order, send $129.95, cashier's check or money order only, to: "Vegetable Trimmer Corp.,," PO. Box 351231, Los Angeles, CA 90035. Include your mailing address and $10 postage and handling. Hawaii residents $5 extra. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.
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