"The biggest obstacle in halting the flow of drugs to this country is corruption." —Former Drug Enforcement Administration official Corruption: a word that sends shock tremors along the corridors into the back rooms of governmental offices.
Having a great time! The weather's really nice too—85-90 degrees and no rain. Let's see some more articles about the "Golden Triangle" and the interesting politics involved. —A Reader of Many Years Bangkok, Thailand The above message came on the back of the poppy postcard pictured here.
"I manicured the entire plant," Bill Logan told the police. "I clipped off the buds at their stems, and clipped the shade and guard leaves off the bud. I trimmed it so there was no stem showing, and then we weighed all the buds and shake. The ratio was 30 percent bud, 28 to 40 percent shake, depending on the species."
"WHAT THIS TOWN really needs is an Indian restaurant," said a local resident. "We have Chinese, Italian, Middle Eastern, French and Japanese. But a good Indian restaurant would really rack up." Welcome to Woodstock, 1985. The artist colony of the '50s that became the capital of the Woodstock Nation in the '60s and the country hideaway for fleeing New Yorkers in the '70s has become just another sleepy town in the Catskills in the '80s.
JUST RECENTLY A DEAR friend of mine died unnecessarily, a year almost to the day after another friend died in the same manner.
Both of these deaths, classified as "heroin over-doses," most certainly could have been avoided very easily. It would have been very easy for the people who were with my friends at the time to have gotten help.
HOPING FOR A REprise of the great Paraquat Panic of 1978, the anointed drug-busters of the federal government have been quietly gearing up for over a year to poison marijuana with herbicides, coast to coast. Last month, after completing two multi-million-tax-dollar "Environmental Impact Statements," the Drug Enforcement Administration claimed that there would no longer be any legal impediment against sending their helicopters aloft over every village and farm to blast pot with paraquat and two other industrial herbicides — glyphosate and 2,4-D — about which even less is known.
NOBODY KNOWS HOW MUCH GOLD BULLION or silver plate may or may not lie buried beneath the old Lueth farm, far out in the scrubby hills of East Iowa near Manilla, but local rumor estimates the subterranean hoard at between "awesome" and "humongous."
IN ALL OF 1984, PAKISTANI NARCOTICS officers confiscated exactly 5.5 kilograms of heroin. In 1985, over the month of April alone, they scooped up no less than 65 kilos of smack—and presumably they destroyed it all, too. The invigorated efforts of Pakistani dope-busters this year stems partly from shame, and partly from fear.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 15TH ANNUAL NATIONAL NORML CONFERENCE MAY 16-18, 1985
Millions Plainly Necessary: In May, the U.S. Senate approved by voice-vote a plan which would significantly aid the Reagan camp's no-win War on Drugs. To help the Customs Service halt Latin American drug smugglers heading for the U.S., the proposal creates a new unit of 16 Air Force planes outfitted with the military’s most sophisticated tracking equipment and piloted by Air Force reservists.
California Crackups: Three bills to crackdown on large scale marijuana growers cleared a Calif. Senate Committee, but a fourth bill to increase penalties for the sale or transportation of an ounce or less, sponsored by Senator H.L. Richardson (R), failed.
Detention Without Conviction—The Parents’ Association to Neutralize Drug and Alcohol Abuse (PANDA) is urging the legislature to pass a bill to require that "all persons convicted of sale or possession of marijuana should have their bonds revoked when found guilty and [incarcerated] until sentencing."
This piece was originally intended for inclusion as a sidebar item in our coverage of the California crackdown on marijuana-growing, but there was so much vital interview material to work with that it kept being crowded out. We thought it was important enough, though, to justify running it here this month so the information could still get out.
This month we are amending the usual format of the Abuse Folio because we are not talking about abused or even abusepotential drugs. Instead, we're discussing a category of substances that not only have no psychoactive effect themselves, but are capable of nullifying the psychoactive effect of narcotic drugs as well.
Some believe he was killed by the informant who set him up. Others say any number of his enemies in the underworld would have jumped at the chance to knock him off. One Congressional investigator calls him "the man who knew too much." His wife and friends shake their heads—it could have been anyone.
If you thought that nudists were dorky weirdos who have a strange thing for naked volleyball, or were streaking exhibitionists, think again. Nudists, or naturists as they are also called these days, are in the forefront of several major social struggles as well as continuing to champion the naturalness of nude activities.
We'd like to turn you on to Tony Serra—San Francisco criminal-defense attorney and mouthpiece for whatever's left of the peace-and-freedom revolution. His experience ranges from the campus uprisings and psychic revelations of the '60s to the front lines of Reagan's techno-hyped drug war.
HIGH TIMES: Would you say that the majority of the growers are nonviolent? SINOWAY: Oh yes, I would. The amount of violent crime associated with marijuana is less, in the whole history of sinsemilla-farming, than on any given Saturday night in Oakland.
A new generation of artists reinvents this vital pop art form
Underground comix, along with sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, were landmarks of the '60s. But while "swinging" sexual mores, recreational drug use, rock music and even some psychedelic art styles were assimilated into the mainstream American culture, underground comix went underground in the mid-'70s, victim of the apathy of the post-Nixon era.
Working in Saigon ten years ago was like "some sort of strange anti-Love Boat,” said Hunter Thompson before a capacity crowd at the University of Montana in Missoula, April 16th. The rambling, jam-packed question-and-answer session lasted only an hour and almost didn't get off the ground at all because of a dispute over Thompson's contract, which called for an unopened bottle of Chivas Regal at the speaker's table.
Ed solves the pH problem and nixes the myth of upside-down plant potency
Dear Ed, My plants are six weeks old and they are only four inches tall. I germinated them in wet towels and then planted them in some potting soil consisting of compost, sphagnum moss and humus. They get 12 to 16 hours of light a day from my desk lamp, a 25-watt white fluorescent.
Every year thousands of people who would never be the target of a police investigation for simple possession are busted due to avoidable mistakes, often while driving. Even the most careful user cannot guarantee he will never be arrested, but an understanding of what constitutes probable cause, and how to avoid it, could prevent the majority of drug busts in this country.
Never give police consent to search you if you're holding drugs
1 If you have the option, smoke marijuana in the privacy of your home rather than on the road. When driving, you are more visible and have less protection against search and seizure. 2 Never keep drugs in the glove box of your car. The second thing an officer wants to see, after a driver's license, is vehicle registration, which is usually kept in the glove box.
Some of the mail and telephone calls we've received from HIGH TIMES readers leads us to believe that some of you may be so wrapped up in frivolous pursuits that you're neglecting the really important thing in life: studying. How do you expect to become hard-working American citizens and assets to the community if you don't knuckle down and hit the books?
Four new books give gobs of info about cultivation in the great indoors
JUDGING BY THE new crop of books out on the subject of marijuana cultivation, growing is quickly moving indoors, from the field to the basement. These new titles deal with indoor growing and most of them specifically with cultivation under high-intensity electric lights.
The case of the Coptic Church makes pot laws a constitutional issue.
Norman Elliot Kent
POTHEADS OFTEN WONDER WHY someone hasn't tested the constitutionality of the marijuana laws on religious grounds. They feel that, as it is a sacrament it should be exempt from regulation according to the First Amendment of the Constitution, which states: "Congress shall make no law respecting establishment of religion or the free exercise thereof;..."
Undoubtedly the most serious problem on the drug scene today is the abuse of cocaine. And though this sneaky snort is not physically addictive in the classical sense, it damn sure can get its hooks in your head. For that reason, it would seem that the best cure for coke addiction might be something that plays tricks on your head, fooling the mind into thinking it's doing coke. PSYCHEM'S COCAINE AROMA does just that, by reproducing the smell of coke. It has already been used with some success by leading coke treatment clinics, where it was administered to hardcore cokers in lieu of the real thing, and helped ease their cocaine cravings. If you or a loved one has a cocaine problem, can you afford not to try Cocaine Aroma? It's available for $12.50 per vial from Parra Dist., P.O. Box 1595, Newport Beach, CA 92663, or call toll-free 1-800-854-4646.
For thousands of years, people have been searching for a true aphrodisiac as if it were a Horny Grail. Now comes a product that seems to have an overpowering effect on the opposite sex—and you don't even have to slip it into someone's drink! AEOLUS PHEMERONES are sexual attraction scents that turn on members of the opposite sex by stimulating sexual responses through the sense of smell. All you do is spray some on and wait for potential lovers to approach. And lest you think there is any sexist bias to this product, rest assured that AROMATECH, the company that markets Aeolus, offers scents to attract both women and men. Sound too good to be true? Well, you can try it for yourself with no obligation, if Aeolus doesn't work for you, just return it within 30 days for a full refund. Aeolus Phemerones are available for $19.50 (the 6s spray) and $11.50 (the cologne additive), from Aromatech, Dept. 6, San Rafael, CA 94912-9809.
The decor of your home should make a statement about who you are and what's important to you. One way of proclaiming your passion for pot and displaying elegant decor is by hanging one or more MARIJUANA PLAQUES on your wall. The plaques come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors (including clear, blue, red and Prince's favorite, purple). Each one features a perfect pot leaf (real marijuana, not plastic) on high-quality pine covered with a durable high-gloss epoxy finish. The pot plaques are reasonably priced ($12.95 for a small one,$19.95 for medium, $26.95 for large, plus two bucks postage and handling) and, perhaps most importantly, there is righteous karma behind them. The plaques are dedicated to the memory of the late James Elkin, the young man who conceived the original idea. Marijuana Plaques are available from D.Miller Co., Box 216, S. Rockwood, MI 48179.
THE BLACK MUSIC SCENE of Washington, D.C. is one of the most idiomatic and insular in the country. Its prime force, go-go music, exists nowhere else, and for the teenagers that follow it and make "going to the go-go" the center of their lives, it is everything.
1. LeRoi Brothers, Lucky Lucky Me (Profile). Neanderthal, idiot music from Austin that kicks more ass than a barrelfull of neo-roots bands. Gutbucket rock 'n' roll with no apologies. 2. Beat Farmers, Tales of the New West (Rhino). Besides playing inspired roots-drenched rock, the Beat Farmers remove the odious line, "You better hit her," from the Velvet Underground's "There She Goes Again."
RUBEN BLADES HAS BALLS. It takes balls to enact your worst nightmares on the screen. I'm not talking about giant spiders or nuclear holocausts or your mom catching you whacking off, but about the logical and nearly justifiable series of steps by which you become the morally corrupt slimeball that only you have it in you to be.
The oddest film company in existence must surely be Cannon Films, brainchild of international film financiers Menaham Golan and Yoram Globus. Cannon is best known for its schlock-of-the-month-club product such as the lousy-but-lucrative Breakin', the not-so-successful sequel, Rappin' (what's next, a flick about graffiti artists called Sprayin'?), Bo Derek's bomb, Bolero, and any number of action-adventure flicks starring Chuck Bore-us, er, Norris, who recently signed an exclusive six-picture deal with Cannon.
Before the vidclip comes the song; but in between is the vidwriter
THE CAMERA PANS ACROSS a deserted, surreal, street scene. Distorted buildings lean in at crazy angles over a slick, black street, shiny with neon reflections. Suddenly, at the end of the street, in the far distance, a black-clad guitarist assumes the classic guitar-slinger's pose, legs apart and instrument at the ready.
Now here's a videotape that should really be of interest to many HIGH TIMES readers. No, we're not talking about Jane Fonda's Advanced Workout for Fitter Fingernails or Dr. Ruth's Sex Tips for the Recently Deceased. No, folks, this is serious stuff.
A NEW NEW AGE literature has arisen from the ashes of the '70s to become, in the mid-'80s, an established literary genre. The best might move us, help heal us, give insight and impart that scarce commodity, wisdom. The worst only reinforce the most noxious aspects of the apolitical, self-obsessed "Me Generation" mentality—one which can embrace the "Stress/Time Management Quotient in the Corporate Sector" along with Gurdjieff, Ouspensky and Motorcycle Maintenance.