Have you seen the commercials being broadcast asking for local marijuana growers and promising to be anonymous? They have the same thing here in Alberta called crime stoppers. I wonder what the going bounty is on someone laying out a patch?
Jamaica seems to hold a special attraction for HIGH TIMES readers. Our last Special Jamaica Issue (April, 1983) was one of our best-selling issues, so we decided to take a second, more thorough look at this island paradise. Our all-purpose goodtime guide is probably the only one you'll ever need.
From the trashbins of pop music comes Rock 'n' Roll Confidential (Little, Brown and Co.), a marvelously tacky book that packs a ton of trashy rock trivia between its cheesy covers. Author Penny Stallings has done exhaustive research to compile a wacked-out history of rock weirdness.
NEW MEXICO'S NEW UTOPIA Taos offers natural beauty and natural highs
In 1969, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper decided to shoot a portion of their film, Easy Rider, in and around Taos. The reason, according to Fonda in an interview with local writer, T.M. Collins: "Dennis wanted to pay homage to D.H. Lawrence, so he had us coming through here (Taos).
Do you remember when you were a kid and you first saw a health food store? I do. I was with my mother in Baltimore and we walked past the only store of its kind in the city. Out in front of the glass doors was a life-size cardboard cut-out of Jack LaLanne in his leopard skin, one-shoulder Tarzan drag.
MEET THE MUSHROOM MAN Organic Psychedelics for Revolution and Profit
Is it possible to insure your economic survival in 1985—and beyond that, maintain a graceful and reasonably comfortable standard of living for your family—without abandoning the high principles that were seared into your brain years ago on acid?
"I COULDN'T SAY THE Pledge of Allegiance today,” Donald Ian Macdonald confessed to the annual Washington convention of the National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth, “because I was so choked up when that ‘StarSpangled Banner’ played.
"THE URINALYSIS IS DESIGNED TO IDENtify various types of prescription or nonprescription drugs in the body,” the annual medical-examination authorization form warns every employee at the Moraine Chevrolet plant in Dayton, Ohio, as of this year.
IF YOU THOUGHT SERIOUS “FUturists” moaned and groaned through a no-hope 1984, guess again. The scientists and scholars of the World Future Society were as forward-looking as usual, and now they’ve released their Top Ten forecasts for the coming years.
A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT ELECTRICIAN was fired for playing the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood theme song over the plant’s public address system during a mock disaster drill. The employee, Larry Nudelman, had been playing the theme song every morning for three months in order to boost morale among his fellow nuke toilers.
Here in New York, in mid-January, the market is flooded with dope. The usual end-of-season glut of sinsemilla on the West Coast never materialized here, and connoisseurs make do with what they can scam from Kentucky and Maine and such. Occasional importations of California sinse—or sometimes Hawaiian—get snatched up on arrival, like meteors burning up in the atmosphere.
A VERY CLOSE-UP VIEW OF CANNABIS REveals another dimension of the plant’s life. Cultivators can use magnification to determine the sex of the plant, as well as to diagnose plant maladies, particularly insect infestations. Life processes such as the development of a seed in a pod can also be observed under lenses.
(Methylenedioxyamphetamine) AKA THE LOVE DRUG, PSYCHEDELIC SPEED
NATURE AND USE
HAZARDS AND LIABILITIES
MDA has been judged by the federal government to be a drug with high abuse potential and no redeeming therapeutic value. It is a Schedule I controlled substance along with heroin and LSD. There have been reports of death and serious injury from high doses of MDA, but the reported incidents have often been the result of an interaction of multiple drugs, or were caused by other substances sold as MDA on the illicit market.
The critical and public success of Eating Raoul in 1982 brought the name of Paul Bartel to the attention of many filmgoers who enjoyed his black comedy with its hard, satiric edge. Eating Raoul is a hilarious essay on the art of murder-by-frying-pan, and the film's humorous linking of food, sex and death is worthy of Hitchcock at his drollest.
There are two Jamaicas, one for tourists, the other for real Jamaican life. Independent, free-thinking, adventurous travelers who have energy to explore the island's seductive, lyrical rhythms, bounteous scenery, seminal reggae and diverse produce, including incredibly fresh and plentiful marijuana, can find the real Jamaica.
"Reggae did not start and end with Bob Marley," drummer-historian Dro succintly reminded me. But Marley will be remembered as the man who spread the music and political message of reggae throughout the world. From this legacy comes the question as to who will inherit the throne left vacant since Marley's death in 1981.
On the cover of this month's Special Jamaica Issue is Winston Rodney, leader of the reggae group Burning Spear, whose greatest hits are compiled in a recently released album on Island Records' Mango label. The album includes Spear classics such as "Marcus Garvey," "Dry and Heavy" and "Social Living."
Jamaica’s most righteous resource is better—and more plentiful— than ever before, says our field expert FRAGANO LEDGISTER
Hard Times, High Times
Ganja, Guns, Goods
Late at night a plane lands on a badlylighted airstrip. Several men quickly begin loading sacks and boxes into it. The pilot, or a companion, talks to one of them and hands over a fat envelope. He gets back into the plane; it takes off.
Dear Ed, A few years ago I was told that in some bird seed there were large marijuana seeds. So I bought some seed and, to my surprise, they were in there. I tried planting the seeds I picked from the mix, but they would not come up. I tried tissue germination instead and they started to sprout but they died when I tried to plant them.
The architects' pristine drawings for the new Times Square in New York City propose a hightech, "vice-free" environment for the new gentry. What's wrong with their pictures is that there's no place for the many thousands of workers and residents who call Times Square home.
Some people have interpreted my position to mean that I am against religious ceremonies in schools. This is not true. I am against religion. I am against schools. I am against apple pies. I am against "Americanism," mothers, adulterated foods, nuclear fission testing, commercial television.
Who is guilty of my harrassment? It starts with me, who never took any interest in Civics in school, allowed others to handle the important funds while I screwed around; by the time I came back from screwing around and saw that the idiot kids had taken over the lead, I could control myself with intellectual pursuit and a voice in a bipartisan community through the media.
People magazine termed Realist Editor/Founder Paul Krassner "the father of the underground press," to which he retorted: "I demand a blood test." Despite the demise of The Realist and most of America's alternative press, Krassner keeps up his satiric wit performing stand-up comedy and writing his auto-biography.
The boombox is an omnipresent symbol of our high age. Nonexistent less than a decade ago, portable stereo cassette players now proliferate on the streets of America. They are gleaming, dial-encrusted reminders that electronic gadgets are inescapable. But now there is a boombox that warms up the usually cool design of ultratech. It's the SHARP QT-50, a portable cassette player, available in a variety of pastel hues, that is more reminiscent of an Air-stream trailer than a state-of-the-art sound system. But make no mistake—the QT-50 has everything you could want in a portable stereo system: cassette player/recorder, AM-FM radio, fast-forward and rewind, two potent-but-not-overpowering speakers and, the best feature of all, a low price ($99).
The compact disc is here to stay. All interested parties— from musicians to DJs to discerning audiophiles—agree that the CD offers truer sound on a disc that is virtually indestructible. The compact disc is scratch-resistant, warpresistant, dust-resistant and fingerprint-resistant. It can be played thousands of times without any noticeable loss in sound quality, thanks to the semiconductor laser that supplants the old diamond needle. Now comes the latest advance in CD technology: the first portable compact disc player. The SONY D-5 is a truly remarkable unit. It is not nearly as large as the standard boombox, yet provides all the advantages of compact discs over tapes or records. And, unlike the average boombox, which is, to say the least, unwieldy, the D-5 comes with a shoulder strap and can be carried with ease. We've saved the best part till last. The Sony D-5 sells for the un-high-tech price of $300. Isn't that a fair price to pay for a piece of the future?
THE ALARM BOX
Security for your stash—be it cash, valuables, personal papers or whatever—is a necessity in a society where ripoffs are a way of life. A good safe is one way to assure that security, but when you're travelling, it's not feasible to lug around a big metal safe. Now there's THE ALARM BOX ($49.95 from Scarborough Imports, 212 Saint Mary's St., Peekskill, NY 10566, (914) 737-4323), a portable safe that offers portable security. The alarm box is a bit larger than a cigar box, weighs just over three pounds, and is made of SMC, an extremely tough, lightweight, vandal-proof material. It comes with an unconditional one-year equipped with a unique eight-position lock and a registered key that can only be duplicated by a security firm in England. Once the box is locked, you have one minute to hide it. If anyone even touches the box after that, it will emit an earsplitting alarm that lasts up to two hours. If you or anyone else accidently bumps the box, the alarm will automatically shut itself off in two minutes, providing it is not touched again. A ripoff artist will have a hard time getting away with your goods when the box they're in is blaring an alarm that can be heard for blocks. Thus, your stash is safe, your mind is at ease, and you're free to go about the important business of having fun.
The boombox is an omnipresent symbol of our high age. Nonexistent less than a decade ago, portable stereo cassette players now proliferate on the streets of America. They are gleaming, dial-encrusted reminders that electronic gadgets are inescapable. But now there is a boombox that warms up the usually cool design of ultratech.
Jamaica's annual National Festival of Arts, a showcase event for young island dancers, actors, photographers, fine artists, filmmakers, writers and musicians, has become the World Youth Festival of Arts this year, in cooperation with the U.N.'s International Youth Year, 1985.
Camping is permitted in designated areas only. On weekdays, these spots are virtually empty. Make reservations at least two weeks in advance. Rainy seasons are in May and October through November. Gear and clothing. Use light personal gear in 80-95 degree tropics, insect repellent, toilet paper, a poncho, flashlight, canteen.
THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THE United States is now engaged in a zealous program to find and apprehend alleged offenders of the U.S. drug laws residing in foreign countries, and to bring those offenders back to the U.S. for trial. This is the process of international extradition.
I imagine, if you will, a performer with potent charisma comparable to that of, say, Prince. Now imagine that this musician is a political revolutionary roughly akin to a '60s Black Panther. Then imagine that he has an estimated 300 wives, many of whom perform with him, working the crowd into a frenzy with incantatory singing and wildly uninhibited dancing.
About this video "revolution": just what sort of upheaval is it? Is it like the Algerian revolution? Is it like the revolutionary new squeeze-top toothpaste dispenser? Or is it a coup from the right—recall, Ronald Reagan was the first politician to recognize the possibilities of advertising on MTV.
Gringo is grainy, gritty and uncompromisingly real
Instead of saying "Have a nice day," the junkies in Lech Kowalski's Gringo say "Don't O.D., man." Gringo is a gritty docu-fiction dealing with the not-so-pretty lifestyles of the put-down and hard-up. Shot exclusively in New York's East Village which was, until recently, considered the drug supermarket of the modern world, Gringo provides an uncompromisingly realistic and at times, an almost unbearably vivid look at a junky's spaced-out universe.
• If you liked This Is Spinal Tap, chances are you'll want to catch Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains, a recently reissued bomb that could become a new cult hit. The rock 'n' roll satire flopped when it was first released in 1981. Director Lou Adler convinced Paramount to give it another try in '82, but Stains still stunk, at least in the view of the mass ticket-buying public.
It was the time of the British Invasion, Pop Art, silver micro-miniskirts, underground films and glamorous young millionaire jet-setters. Television had turned the world into a "global village" and in Our Town the youth culture was blowing down the doors of conventional lifestyle and morality.
It looks like 1985 will be the Year of the Clampdown. For censorship, in a variety of forms, seems to be the mandate of the day. I'm talking not only about the Reagan administration's blatant attempts to control media access to info (remember Grenada?) and the recent spate of celebrity libel suits, but also about the less illustrious but equally obnoxious censorship efforts as practiced by the rightwing "pro-family" movement—which seeks, for example, to ban sex ed from schools, to deny access to birth control for teenagers, to eradicate pornography.
DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN: Madonna and Rosanna Arquette (the real-life inspiration for Toto's hit song, "Rosanna”) are starring in a sensational new movie by Susan Seidelman, the young director of Smithereens, HIGH TIMES takes you on the set for a close-up look at three of the fastest-rising women in show biz.