The news last month spelled out in unusually stark detail the crazy-quilt mess which the current laws on drugs have created. Attorney General Edwin Meese, the nation's top legal "authority," revealed just how fouled up things really are when he went on record as saying that lawyers are obliged to see that constitutional freedoms are not used as a "screen" to protect "the evil of drugs."
Riddle of the month: What has six legs, six arms, six eyes, a heavy hankering for dope but no supply to satisfy that craving? Answer: Us! We are three HIGH TIMES subscribers who live in Utah (thank Jah for plain brown wrappers!), where it is almost impossible to score pot.
We know all you Flashes fans have been holding your breath since May, anxiously awaiting the announcement of the winner of our "Name That Tune" Contest. Remember in the May Flashes we showed a few bars of music from a famous TV theme song and offered a free HIGH TIMES T-shirt to the first reader who could correctly identify the song?
San Franciscans still quest for The Ultimate Lifestyle
IT'S ONE OF those glorious mornings in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, when the sun burns through the fog and a breeze sweeps from the west. Panhandlers line Haight Street, well-wishing even the ungiving. A skinhead on skateboard howls by from Ashbury all the way to Stanyan, where he kicks off in a tumble down the first grassy slope of Golden Gate Park, a 50-block-long home to the homeless.
I WANT TO GO WAY BACK. I want to get to the core. Do you remember the first time you ever got high? Do you remember the reason why you first wanted to get high? Was it really peer pressure, like our parents wanted to believe? Or was it simply adventure?
INTRAVENOUS DRUG USE SEEN SPREADING AIDS NATIONWIDE
An Error by the Times
“A Cosmic Accident”
THE VIRUS WHICH IS the probable cause of AIDS — Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome — has touched over half of all the people in New York City who use needles to get high on dope, a survey by the New York State Division of Substance Abuse Services reported last spring.
THE LOVELY NEW VALIUM TABLETS, stamped by the Hoffman-LaRoche drug company with a heart-shaped “V” through the center much like a New York City subway token, are not designed that way merely for esthetic reasons. There’s a practical reason for the new design: to make it tougher, and prohibitively expensive, for “generic” drug manufacturers to produce any brand of diazepam-based tranquilizer that even looks like Valium, now that Hoffman-LaRoche is losing their exclusive patent on America’s favorite antidepressant.
Dear Mary Jane, My son came home from school the other day scared and upset. His fifth-grade teacher had, three weeks ago, distributed a comic book called Teen Titans. The magazine, apparently an attempt at drug education, depicts imaginary heroes (literally) wiping out violent drug dealers selling to school children.
New Hampshire State Representative Frank Silvia introduced a bill that would make marijuana possession a minor infraction for first-time offenders. In April ’84, during his second term in office, sixty-year-old Silvia proposed a maximum $500 fine instead of arrest.
The Gold Leaf Pin of the Month is awarded for outstanding contributions to reconciling our nation’s out-of-control drug problem. This month’s award goes to Mike Royko, a nationally-syndicated columnist. His March, 1984 column finds that the “biggest users” of marijuana range from “young adults to middleagers.”
Drugs Chopped—Texans’ War on Drugs hails ABC President Frederick Pierce for issuing a mandate to producers, talk show hosts, etc. The message: “Keep off the drug humor!” Johnny Carson is cited as a particular offender for his “glamorous portrayal” of the drug scene.
July-August-September OMI Petitioning Blitz Ongoing at Oregon fairs and festivals. For further information, contact Oregon Marijuana Initiative, Box 8698, Portland, OR 97207,(503)775-9250. July 20-24 Natural Living Conference University of California, Santa Barbara.
Marijuana as Medicine, Madrona Publishers, Seattle, Wash. 1982. Recommended for activists as a good resource for medical info. This valuable text chronicles cannabis’ long history in major cultures as an effective medicine, valuable for treating numerous maladies.
WE ACCOMPANIED THE CREW ON LAST month’s research expedition to California, so we looked up some of our friends and connections there, several of whom we rely on for some of the quotations across the page. Just to check on what these guys were doing now told us a lot about what was happening out there on the edge of reality.
How the Federal Government Classifies Drugs: From Medical Use to Abuse Potential
HOW SCHEDULES WORK
Throughout human history and for a wide variety of reasons, different drugs have been regulated or declared culturally non grata. In ancient Peru’s Inca civilization, coca leaves were reserved for the rulers and their friends. Tobacco was outlawed in many European countries after its importation from the New World.
Look at a relief map of California, and you can clearly see the long, almost preternaturally straight line of the San Andreas earthquake fault, rising somewhere east of Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert and slicing northwestward for hundreds of miles through the mountains of the Coast Range.
California is more than a state—it's a state of mind. California is, in many ways, the most liberal—and liberated—state in America, but it's also the state that launched Ronald Reagan's political career (not to mention Richard Nixon's).
Ed kicks off the third year of Ask Ed with a scathing indictment of urine tests
THIS COLUMN BEGINS the third year of the "Ask Ed" series. Once again, I want to thank all of you for your kind words and support. Your tips and comments have given me many insights, and helped me keep in touch. The sophistication of the average grower has increased considerably.
If "What's your sign" has joined the predictables of polite conversation—alongside "What do you do for a living?"—does this mean we're all running our lives by the stars? According to Llewellyn's 1985 Sun Sign Book, one of America's most popular astrology guides, the best days for Leos in love are August 1, 27 and 28. How many Leos in America (people born between July 23 and August 22) will take such predictions to heart?
"Every once in a while, I read one and say 'Wow! How did they know?'" says a usually skeptical New York journalist, age 30, who admits to peeking at her horoscope most days. "Usually I read them and think 'nothing special' but sometimes they come so close, it's uncanny."
LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Because you've been living off your reputation for too long, the shit hits the fan this month. Prepare for accusations of self-centeredness and neglect from friends and lovers; expect serious side-long glances from a boss and/or coworkers around the middle of the month.
Women's bodybuilding is defining biceps and boundaries of the female physique.
Territory Of The Future Sex
Control of the Future Sex
Women of the Future Sex
Who are women bodybuilders and why are they popping up in the major market-places of American prime time? Take the Miller Lite beer commercial during this year’s Super Bowl telecast, featuring bodybuilding champion Lori Bowen powerlifting super-schlub Rodney Dangerfield off of his chair while a barroom of beer hoisters hoot admiringly.
No less than eighteen of the liveliest cartoonists in the land jammed on this monumental graffito. Occasionally breaking into song, rashes or the locked Frigidaire, these illustrators of the unthinkable produced what can only be tagged "The Unnameable."
An up-to-the-minute report on the drug stories of the stars
A wise man once said, "I would not feel so all alone/Everybody must get stoned." That's how we began the intro to "The Hi-Q Test" in our February issue. In that test, we quizzed readers on the drug stories of seemingly straight celebrities including Mary Tyler Moore, Cary Grant, John F. Kennedy and many more.
In their zeal to nab pot-growers, reveals DEAN LATIMER, thick-headed police pull some incredible screw-ups.
It's no secret that narcotics cops, by and large, are not the most intelligent human beings on the planet. (If they were, why in the world would they choose that line of work?) There are innumerable stories of narcs raiding and ravaging a house or apartment, only to find out that the dope they were seeking was actually in another abode.
A cultivator's guide to creating a setup that grows plants
I wanted a system that I wouldn't have to visit for weeks at a time. That is, a system that would grow plants by itself. Since hydroponic systems need adjustments, sometimes daily, I decided to try a deep soil bed because it can hold a tremendous amount of water and would need irrigation infrequently.
The Comprehensive Forfeiture Act of 1984 is a crime!
Samuel J. Buffone
RECENT ATTEMPTS BY THE GOVERNment to seize attorneys' fees have sent shock waves through the defense bar. Beginning January 1, 1985, defense attorneys are required to report to the Internal Revenue Service the name of any person who pays them $10,000 or more in cash.
When accuracy in the measurement of time is all-important, the world turns to the Swiss. The same is true for accuracy in the measurement of weight. The Swissmade PESOLA POCKET SPRING SCALE is a marvel of accuracy and portability. Every scale is handmade and rigorously quality-controlled at the Pesola factory in Sweden, where this company has been making scales since 1948. Special steel alloys and an anodized aluminum casing (which ensures that the graduations will not rub off) give each scale an unlimited life. An extremely accurate taring system permits adjustment of the zero position up to ten percent of the range of the scale, making it easy to adjust for the weight of any containers. The Pesola pocket scales are available in sizes suitable for weighing from zero to five grams up to zero to 100 kilograms. They can be ordered from their exclusive North American distributor, LE NATURALISTE, 4 Est De l'Eveche, Rimouski, Quebec, Canada, G5L 1X4, or by calling (418) 724-6622.
Right now, with the summer heat getting ever more oppressive, couldn't you picture yourself kicked back on a Jamaican beach like the one pictured here? SUNBURST HOLIDAYS can make that dream a reality, with a wide range of Jamaican vacation plans tailored to your special interests at a price you can afford. Sunburst, a major Jamaica tour operator, has been focusing on our favorite Caribbean island for 11 years and has come to be regarded as the Jamaican specialist. Sunburst's knowledgeable reservationists can recommend tailor-made vacations for any traveler, from camping and hiking to all-inclusive "Club Concept" vacations. The Reggae Sunsplash happens in August, and Sunsplash will be happy to try and arrange a last-minute trip to this premier reggae festival. Upcoming in January is the Jamaica Marathon, and Sunsplash is now accepting reservations for that event. Call Sunsplash at (800) 223-1277, or (800) 592-3300 in California (417-4999) in L.A.) and (800) 631-1277 in New York State (567-2900 in the city).
PROTO PIPE T-SHIRTS
With the dog days of summer fully upon us, it's definitely T-shirt time. But last year's shirts are, well, old and dangerously out-of-date. Perfect for updating your summer wardrobe is the brand new line of PROTO PIPE T-SHIRTS. Brought to you by the folks who produce the state-of-the-art Proto Pipe, a self-contained smoking system, the Proto tees are hilarious shirts that are sure to get you noticed on the beach, in the bars or wherever else your quest for summer fun takes you. There are 23 different shirts in all, including the three pictured here, four by the late, great artist Vaughn Bode, the hilarious guru Sri Adenoidana (whose slogan is "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's nirvana"), and our favorite, Teddy Punk ("in eye-searing punkromatic purple!"). The Proto Pipe T-shirts are for $10.50 each (two for $18.95 or three for $26.95) from Proto Prints, P.O. Box 129, Willits, CA 95490.
L.A. bands bring back the '60s spirit ("but don't call us 'Paisley'")
DON'T REFER TO the Bangles, Three O'Clock, Dream Syndicate, Long Ryders, or True West as Paisley Underground bands. According to drummer Danny Benair, who claims Three O'Clock bandmate Michael Quericio coined that term about four years back, the concept is obsolete.
1. Sonic Youth, Bad Moon Rising (Homestead). This New York experimental noise quartet shows dramatic growth. The group's strategic weapon is still guitarinflicted dissonance, but here the noise is as often hauntingly beautiful as it is wrenchingly painful.
GIVEN THE COMPULSIVE popularity of Dallas and Dynasty and other television tributes to the lives and lies of the super rich, what's to explain the current revival of Jackie Gleason's poverty classic, The Honeymooners? Although thirty-nine episodes of the 1955 Honeymooners series have hardly been off the air since their premiere twenty years ago (each installment has aired over 100 times), this month Showtime cable network will present a Honeymooners special.
Dan O'Bannon wants to scare the bejesus out of you
DAN O'BANNON HAS BEEN lurking in the shadows of horror/sci-fi films for some time now, but 1985 seems to be his year for lunging to the forefront. He's been involved in the strange side of cinema since 1974, when he worked on John Carpenter's directorial debut, Dark Star—sort of a stoned-out "hippies in outer space" movie.
It's nice to know that some Hollywood executives are concerned with the truly important issues of our times. While some misguided moguls insist on making so-called "message" films such as The China Syndrome, Testament and The Day After, there are a few right-thinking filmmakers who prefer to deal with the real plague of our times.
Olaf Stapledon was the original mind-boggling sci-fi author
WITHOUT OLAF STAPLEDON, science fiction classics as diverse as Childhood's End, Dune, the Foundation trilogy, Methusaleh's Children, More Than Human, The Sirens of Titan, Solaris and 2001: A Space Odyssey might never have existed. No one in the whole field of science fiction has worked on as broad a canvas—the remaining two billion years of mankind, the birth and death of the cosmos—or delved into such mystical, arcane matters as the psychology and aesthetics of stars in their dancing orbits, or plant men who function as vegetables by day and as animals by night.
Such are the vagaries of publishing that, while at least nine works by Olaf Stapledon have been either reprinted or published in the U.S. for the first time over the past decade or so, none are currently in print—although a search around the s-f sections of your local bookstores (new and used) may well turn up some titles, and public libraries will also be helpful.
• THE NARC WHO KNEW TOO MUCH: Sante Bario was a much-decorated DEA supernarc, responsible for many major undercover operations. Then the DEA turned on him, set him up for a dubious bust by a sleazy informer, and had him jailed on absurdly high bail.