I have read HIGH TIMES for years and love it. You are all great and I respect your candor so much. Politicians and their prohibitionist b.s. laws regarding pot have me sick, though. My boyfriend was arrested recently flying a load of the dreaded scourge weed across the Mexican border.
"I wish coke was still cola, and a joint a bad place to be..." —Merle Haggard, "Are the Good Times Really Over for Good?" The reactionary lyrics of The Hag's patriotic followup to "Okie from Muskogee" seem to have been taken to heart by the so-called authorities who are determined to enforce their grim vision of a puritanical future-world, regardless of the legal protections of the United States Constitution.
We've always considered pot-smoking a free-form experience, best done extemporaneously, without regard to rules and regulations. Now comes a book that tells us we—and no doubt, you—have been doing it wrong. The Pot Smoker's Handbook to Etiquette is a tongue-in-cheek guide to smoking grass with grace.
FIRST THINGS first. After you've found yourself a place to stay, go out to your nearest news kiosk and buy a copy of Passion: The Magazine of Paris; a well-designed thick, large-format monthly with a four-color cover, and full of photos. It begins where the International Herald Tribune leaves off.
The perils of heroin; the pleasures of music therapy; the wrinkles of cocaine
SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKELY to be shocked to hear that in high places these days there is widespread use of that deadliest taboo drug: heroin. Yes, there are junkies exactly where one would least expect it—although today this word should be modified a bit.
TANK PROWLS L.A.'S GHETTOS TO SNIFF OUT "ROCK COCAINE"
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"Anyone who barricades himself to sell drugs can expect a rude awakening," Los Angeles police chief Darryl Gates wisecracked to reporters last December 15, after an LAPD "flash-bang" dynamite grenade blew the door off a house in Pacoima in the middle of the night, so that SWAT cops could barge in with a cocaine warrant.
HEBREW INSTRUCTOR YULI EDELSTEIN, 26, has been sentenced to three years in prison on the basis of KGB accusations that they found him in possession of cannabis. Edelstein's Moscow apartment was raided last fall by the notorious state security police, during a feverish propaganda campaign in Pravda and Izvestia against the teaching of Hebrew, which the government’s approved writers luridly call "the language of Zionism."
BEFORE LONG, PEOPLE MAY not be taking drugs any more, but wearing them. Engineers for pharmaceutical companies nowadays are switching their attention from designing new drugs to treat ailments and concentrating on new, improved delivery systems for the drugs already available.
ALIEN BEES INVADE E. AFRICA! TRACED TO SPIRITUAL AGENCIES
INTREPID POLICE INVESTIGATORS HERE RECENTLY CRACKED AN UNPRECEDENTED SMUGgling conspiracy, which they said involved the surreptitious importation through Customs of 6,000 alien honeybees, concealed (somehow) within the voluminous habit of a Greek Orthodox nun, Sister Irene of Riruta.
The Northeast NORML Coalition recently formed to network activists who have been eliminating myths about cannabis, combating social injustice and generally out there saving the world. Our aim—to end escalation of the “War on Drugs” hysteria before it diminishes all citizens'constitutional rights beyond recovery.
... It was very abnormal of conservative columnist William Buckley, Jr. to favor legalizing cocaine and heroin. National NORML congratulates itself on now being to his right... Kevin Zeese, National NORML Director, has given behind-the-scenes impetus and info to several major daily columnists, among them Jack Anderson.
On a visit to the Virginia State Capitol building (to see the statues, really), a guard just inside the visitor’s entrance asked to search my purse. I looked for a sign—none—and protested. But she said she “only wanted to look inside for weapons,” so I could “just hold the sides open.”
Expert Exposure—State police chemists, identifying a substance as an illicit drug, must now testify in person in offering their laboratory reports as evidence, a N.J. State Appeals Court has ruled... The N.J. Supreme Court ruled recently that seizure of property used in the commission of a crime is constitutional even as applies to innocent owners not using due care to prevent illegal use of their property by third parties...
JUNE-JULY-AUGUST OMI Petitioning Blitz Ongoing at Oregon fairs/festivals, etc. For further information, contact Oregon Marijuana Initiative, P.O. Box 8698, Portland, OR 97207,(503)775-9250. JULY 1-7 Fourteenth Annual Rainbow Family International Peace and Healing Gathering Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri.
FOR THE LAST FEW MONTHS THE U.S. government has been vigorously pursuing its newest "drug war." Ever fulminating in frustrated rage at the Cuban and Nicaraguan threat—even accusing them of master minding the drug trade—Reagan's DEA has been encouraging, organizing, and financing crackdowns on dope across Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Can cause wildly fluctuating feelings of elation and depression. Users are subject to fits of unreality, loss of appetite, dizziness, euphoria, tingling sensations, abnormal flow of blood to unmentionable parts of the body, hallucinosis, hallitosis, delusions of grandeur and heart arrythmias, heightened blood pressure, weakness in the knees and paranoid and sexual fantasies.
Was Monty Python's Flying Circus really written on drugs? Will the Pythons ever work together again? What was it like working with Robert De Niro in the soon-to-be-released film Brazil? How did he like having a pig named Betty as one of his co-stars in A Private Function?
I first became interested in nutrition when a doctor whom I met at my first (and last) visit to a Southern California nudist colony gave me a nutritional remedy for a 15-year foot rash. Sounded simple, yet I had been seeing doctors and specialists and using pills and ointments since I was eight years old—with no results This worked...
Summer is here, and, with the American dollar at an all-time high, it's a great time to travel Europe. Here are a few pointers about cannabis smoking and hashish customs in Europe. As one might expect, with so many cultures and legal systems among the European nations, the opportunities for indulging in your favorite intoxicant are as many, and as varied, as the societies you might visit.
Roll a piece of cardboard (a flap from a flip-top cigarette box is ideal) about one inch long, into an open ended cone. This will be the mouthpiece of your joint. Glue a cigarette paper diagonally onto a second paper (illus. A ). Remove the excess from the second paper (dashed line in A).
Once in a great while, even the hard-working, dedicated staff of HIGH TIMES takes time out to have fun. Committed journalists are people too, you know. And on these rare occasions when we do let our hair down, we like to do it in style. As the appointed guru of good times, I hereby lay down a couple of basic commandments: The one sine qua non of summer fun is, if you’re a student, make sure your spring semester report card gets lost in the mail.
Fighting termites, woodchucks and worms can turn your bud-hairs gray
Dear Ed, I have a problem with termites destroying my crop. Those little white devils will bring you to your knees and make you cry. When the plants were two months old, the termites started killing them and eventually murdered them all. The next season at a different location, the termites killed half the plants and I killed the other half with Diazon.
1 Carefully open staples and remove game from the magazine. Close staples. 2 To preserve the game, tape or glue it onto a foldable piece of cardboard or posterboard. Do this AFTER you've read the rules. 3 CARDS: Cut out the cards (COOL CARDS and COP CARDS) on page 71.
CAMP's airborne narcs are after more than pot: the target is the Bill of Rights.
Helicopters bird-dogging blind women and 12-year-old girls through the northern California wilderness. Soldiers shooting the family dog on the family's doorstep. The famous paramilitary CAMP pot-bashing campaign last summer entailed so many exciting and disgusting true horror stories (see the June issue of HIGH TIMES) that we had to make it into a two-parter.
Joseph Allen was the District Attorney of Mendocino County in California during the sinse trade's original heyday there in the late '70s. He was a dutiful and effective pot-buster, because that was what his job called for. After he realized the futility and counter-productivity of the law-enforcement approach to the problem, he retired, and is now a defense lawyer in Santa Barbara.
The world's finest seeds produce herb that's just what the doctor ordered
Long ago a doctor presented his friends with a bag of seeds. The best seeds found their way into gardens hidden in the woods of California's coast range. Some seeds were planted in holes dug out of the rock by hand, by people who had fueled their efforts with Mexican and Jamaican smoke.
Your college art teacher makes you come in on Saturday. When you get there, she turns you on to acid. MOVE AHEAD ONE SPACE One of your dad's friends works at Shea Stadium. He gets you two tickets to see The Beatles! TAKE AN EXTRA TURN A friend turns you on to some "mild acid."
Last fall the United States Department of Justice pushed through Congress and enacted into law a wholesale revision of the Federal Criminal Statutes, referred to officially as the "Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984." The overall revisions include a drastic increase in the penalties for drug offenses; the creation of new drug offenses; severe revisions regarding bail; provisions for pre-trial detention; easily obtained forfeiture; an abolishment of parole; currency reporting requirements which may cause lawyers to become witnesses against their own clients; provisions which permit customs officers, without a warrant, to search people who are departing the United States; and provisions whereby foreign convictions against a person, which may have been the result of standards intolerable in the United States, can be used to enhance penalties for people convicted of crimes in this country.
Indoor gardening can seem intimidating to the novice, what with all the high tech equipment and knowledge of cultivation techniques necessary to produce a successful yield. But now indoor cultivation is a breeze with the new HYDROPONIC GROWTH SYSTEM #12 from NAMSSORG ENTERPRISES. The #12 is a completely self-contained unit that includes a nutrient pump, a generous supply of nutrients and everything else that's necessary to start growing plants indoors. It is capable of growing 12 plants simultaneously and allows individual harvesting of each plant. And you don't need a super-sophisticated lighting system—the #12 works well with regular 48-inch fluorescent light fixtures. It is compact enough to fit easily into the corner of any room, and its high tech construction makes it an attractive piece of furniture. The system regularly sells for $178, but by using the coupon found on page 28, you can get a special HIGH TIMES discount that brings the price down to $150. To order yours, write to Namssorg Enterprises, P.O. Box 1048, Kingston, PA 18704.
TUNGSTEN HALOGEN LAMP
What's needed in indoor growing situations is a compact fixture that still packs plenty of lighting punch. The TUNGSTEN HALOGEN LAMP from IMAGES COMPANY is just such a fixture, with an overall height of 2.75 inches and a reflector measuring two inches diagonally. This reflector-type lamp needs no ballast because it uses standard 110-120V household electric current, combined with the ability to use standard edison base sockets or fixtures (a phenolic adaptor comes with the lamp). The lamp provides 100 watts of brilliant white light with a color temperature of 3600K. The Tungsten Halogen lamp is available for $19.75, plus $1.50 postage and handling, from Images Co., P.O. Box 313, So. Richmond Hill Station, Jamaica, NY 11419, or by calling (718) 706-5003.
DEERING'S EXECUTIVE KIT
When what you're holding is extra important, you should use DEERING'S EXECUTIVE KIT, a totally secure case that comes complete with some valuable equipment. Besides a locking system that has 1000 possible combinations, the Executive Kit features Deering's two-gram scale; a Deering Preparation System that's a combination spice grinder, sifter and storage system; a small pocket container that is air and water tight; and a Deering funnel that permits easy transfer of goods to the Deering Puck, a larger storage container. For further information about the Executive Kit, call toll-free 1-800-848-1408 or 1-614-871-1668 in Ohio.
Hot tips for cool summer viewing: eleven new pics hit the screens.
THERE ARE TONS of fun things to do in the summer (see "Summer Fun," page 56), most of which are best done outdoors. But occasionally you want to escape from the heat, both physically and psychologically, and there are few better ways to do this than to stop into an air-conditioned theatre for a lightweight summer flick.
The most popular movie of the year so far is Witness, the Paramount Pictures thriller that has grossed well over $50 million since its release in February. Those of you who've yet to see the film have undoubtedly seen the ads for it. So you're probably aware that Witness stars Harrison Ford in a murder mystery that takes him to Pennsylvania's Amish country.
ONE OF THE GREAT side effects of the whole movies-on-video hoopla is that it's preserved such a dizzying variety of weirdo features for home consumption. These days any schmo with a VCR can rent or buy anything from an obscure classy art-film like You Are Not I (New Video) to an underground schlock gore-fest like Vampire Hookers (Continental Video).
Great news for home video buffs: the funniest, most outrageous dope movie ever made has just been released on videotape. Mystery of the Leaping Fish stars Douglas Fairbanks Sr. as supersleuth Coke Ennyday, who fights crime while sky-high on cocaine.
THE ROAD TO ETERNAL youth just may be paved with beach parties. Bare skin, sea breezes, sun, sand, beer foam, tokes—there you go! Now this feelgood prescription calls for a special kind of groove, the kind of tunes that, as an animal house friend of mine puts it, rule all over the rug.
1. Naked Raygun, Throb Throb (Homestead). Like Hüsker Dü, this smart gang from Chicago expands the boundaries of punk rock. Which is to say they smoke and write catchy songs. 2. Various Artists, Garage Sale (ROIR cassette). Nineteen garage bands play grungy psychedelic punk that sounds old, bad, and vibrantly alive at the same time.
Books that will take you on a summer vacation of the mind
DURING THE SUMMER months, those of us not lucky enough to travel can at least read: mind-trip. Those of us lucky enough to travel can do both. Novels remain the summer reading of choice and because that genre concerns itself with change, it's not surprising that many novels use travel as backdrop.
A TRIP THROUGH GROW COUNTRY: Our reporter and photographer journeyed through the more notorious pot-farming areas of Northern California, and found themselves in a combat zone of cultural conflict, where a serious assault on civil liberties is going on that threatens us all.