Editor: What's going on? In Dean Latimer's "G.I. Joe Goes to the Drug War..." [HIGH TIMES, Aug. '84], I read about the botched-up job the military is making of trying to stop drug trafficking. It seems that the Department of Defense is being pushed into an area they think could have disastrous implications for our national security.
With this November 1984 issue of HIGH TIMES, we feel the time has come for some straight talk with you, our readers, about what's really at stake in the upcoming election. To begin with: everything. After enduring almost four years of a government headed by Ronald Reagan, it has become obvious to us that a reactionary revolution is taking place within this country that critically endangers not only the personal freedom and human rights presumably guaranteed us by the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights—not merely the economic well-being and mental stability of human culture—but the survival of life itself on this planet.
Julian Beck, guiding spirit of The Living Theatre, which radicalized the New York stage in the 1960s, is fighting for his life in the cancer wing of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He is happy that the hospital workers are striking outside his window.
"God adores me and wants me to have everything I want"—then I list all the things I want (and you pick all the things you've ever really wanted, and realize that if God does adore you, you'll get all these terrific things—success, love, a joyful marriage, friends, money, a great job, a terrific apartment, gorgeous clothes, fame, an emerald bracelet, a new car, a baby).
FEDERAL NARCS SCARED STIFF OF SUPEREXPLOSIVE PASTA KITCHENS
HIGH TIMES Cocaine Bureau
FEDERAL NARCO AGENTS SAY THE new influx of basuco coca paste into the United States from South America has generated yet a new cocaine health hazard: exploding cocaine-refining laboratories. Cops have turned up over a score of pastafinishing labs from coast to coast in just the last year, mainly in the Miami area, and in some cases, the only way they discovered them was when they blew up.
"IT’S MY BELIEF THAT crimes involving possesion and use of marijuana are viewed fairly realistically by many courts and prosecutors,” north California defense attorney William Logan told a NORML-sponsored law seminar at the Claremount Resort Hotel in Oakland last spring.
Prices are down, purity's up, and the president's men gloat about it.
PRESIDENT REAGAN’S SPEcial adviser on drug policy, Dr. Carlton Turner, recently galvanized the national press with a radical new analysis of the much-touted “cocaine glut,” a cause of great concern to law-enforcement officials and drug-treatment authorities everywhere.
"YOU GET WILD STORIES,” SMILES DAYTONA BEACH NARCO cop Gary Galle, “but it’s very obvious what happened.” It’s not obvious to the burn-artist victim until too late, however. Daytona, like plenty of other vacation towns in dope-riddled South Florida, has gained a national reputation as a place where fun drugs can be scored in quantity, and many vacationers expect to take home with them a salable amount of weed or coke, along with the usual souvenirs.
"LILLIAN” (NOT HER REAL NAME) HAD to admit it, the morning she woke up to a banging on her door and discovered herself under arrest for narcotics trafficking. Yes, she told the federal investigators, she had given some of her homegrown pakalolo to her best friend, Sue Baker, and Sue had given her $70 for it, even though she hadn’t really wanted the money, and never could understand why Sue had forced it on her.
Jeff and Susie—as we may call them—have been bringing up a half-dozen sinsemilla plants every summer season for the past six years in their backyard herb garden near Chelan in Washington State. They name their plants like kittens—“Fuzzball,” “ Wemblie,” “Betty and Veronica,” no kidding— and cuddle and spoil the daylights out of them, so much so that their ten-year-old daughter and four-year-old son get a touch resentful.
The authors do not advocate the use of any psychoactive substances.
PERSPECTIVE ON VALIUM AND OTHER BENZODIAZEPINES
NATURE AND USE
HAZARDS AND LIABILITIES
Valium (diazepam) is the second most commonly prescribed drug in the United States, and is the leading representative of the largest drug group in the world, the benzodiazepines. Valium is widely prescribed for the symptomatic relief of anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasm and is used in the treatment of convulsive disorders and alcohol dependence.
MAXWELL: Takedown on Rte. 66; Kidnapped Children; Lush Dope for Hard Times...Business as Usual...The Big Tuna Smile; Black Eyes the Color of a Bad Day; Morphine Screams...Keeping Fun on the Front Burner...Drug War and the Vodka-drinking Son of an Alcoholic Father...
The legendary enfants terribles of rock return— 15 years later. Interview by Richard Fantina, photos by Lisa Haun.
Founded 20 years ago by beat poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, the Fugs, the unlikeliest rock band ever, were an integral part of the '60s and had, as Sanders says, "an impact on an entire generation." At the time of the first British invasion, Sanders and Kupferberg felt the liberating potential of the music of the Beatles, Stones and others.
Can Government-Grown Pot Compete in an Open Market?
Recently I was given a marihuana cigarette by a cancer patient who received his stash from the government. This was the first time that I was able to test medical marihuana grown for the government. The government sponsors a research program at the University of Mississippi and uses the marihuana grown there both for research and for medical prescriptions from all over the United States.
Many cancer patients who are compelled to undergo chemotherapy treatments can be greatly helped by marihuana and its preparations and derivatives. Chemotherapy involves giving cancer patients a variety of drugs which greatly reduce the function of their immune systems, so that anticancer agents can work directly on tumors to shrink and eradicate them.
HIDDEN AMONGST THE DEEP FORESTS AND RUGGED MOUNTAINS OF BURMA'S SHAN STATE, NORTH THAILAND AND NORTHWEST LAOS, ARE THOUSANDS OF VILLAGES INHABITED BY THE PEOPLE OF MORE THAN 10 CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY DISTINCT HILL TRIBES. WITH THEIR ANCESTRAL ROOTS IN THE HIMALAYAN FOOTHILLS OF SOUTH CHINA, THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE'S TRIBAL PEOPLES ARE SPIRIT-WORSHIPING SLASH-ANDBURN FARMERS STEEPED IN ANCIENT TRADITIONS.
An attack at harvest time does not have to be fatal
Dear Ed, This is my first crop. I was growing in a room eight feet high, and two months later my plants were hitting the ceiling. They are now four and one-half months old and almost ready for harvest. However, the plants are now severely infested with spider mites.
That was the worst thing about death. It was dull. Once it happened there wasn't anything you could do.
My father's funeral was a cold hamburger. I sat across from the funeral parlor in Alhambra and had a coffee. It would be a short drive to the racetrack after it was over. A man with a terrible peeling face, very round glasses with thick lenses, walked in.
Steve Lack is one the hottest artist to emerge out of the burgeoning New york City art scence.Unlike his younger collegues (Lack is 38), he has strong fine art and film credentials including an MFA from the instituto de Allende in Maxico and course at Columbia University in New Youk and Otist Art Institute in Los Angeles.Although wellschooled, his work exhibits the passion and street sensibilities of the bohemian Lower Eaast Side Where he has lives with his family for past three years.
IS IT SKUNKWEED? IS IT BUBBLEGUM? NO, IT'S HER Sinsemilla
"Splendid!" she exclaimed, and held her tip-tilted nose over the inward bend of her blue-veined ivory wrist a long moment, while the alcohol evaporated. "It smells..." she began tentatively, and then swiftly defined the concrete image as it painted itself against the top of her nostrils.
Fuzz Against Junk was first published in Paris in 1959. Long out of print, we chanced upon a tattered copy that, rumor had it, was found in the waiting room of the Big Wong Massage Parlor in downtown Shanghai. Like the beautiful, lithe masseuses there, the manuscript has aged gracefully, and we are proud to present it to another generation of ne’er-do-wells.
THE Story So Far. In the past decade Bruce Springsteen has gone from being a brilliant and eccentric songwriter/guitarist/ vocalist with an avid cult following to becoming a legend in his own time. Springsteen is as much a mythic figure as rock 'n' roll has ever produced—he's an American hero with the stature of Paul Bunyan or John Wayne.
Director: John Huston. Scenarist: Guy Gallo. With Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Andrews. The subject of this film is anguish— a man falling apart, a marriage fallen apart, a culture-and a country descending, at least on the fringes, into barbarism and fascism—and everywhere rot and decay and a heat that bakes the flesh and wrings out sweat.