Every day, several phone calls and letters come in to HIGH TIMES about the same unsavory subject: urine-testing. As our article in this issue shows ("Big Brother in the Bathroom," by Joanne Gampel, page 56), this misguided process is becoming the rule rather than the exception in every area of American life, as if it were some kind of moral test for every "true" American.
Recently I saw a commercial on TV that was presented by the Elks Club. This really pissed me off because they said that if you smoke pot for one year, you get as much lung damage as you would in twenty years of smoking cigarettes. Is this true? If it is, then you have been holding out on us.
Who says punks don't— or can't—read? Not the authors of Loud 3-D, a wild book packed with pics of raucous hardcore punk bands in explosive 3-D action. Loud 3-D is the first book to truly capture the vitality of the punk scene, by using fab fotos that leap right offa the page and into yo face!
Our nation's capital embodies the contradictions of American society
IT'S CHEAPER BY BUS and even by plane, but the best way to get to D.C. is to go by train; what dominates the skyline as you drive away from Union Station— most people drive in this town—is what Washington's all about. It's Capitol Hill, the Roman senate look: the Establishment made manifest.
HIYA KIDS. HERE I am again, the monthly nag, the pain in the koolo, trying once more to enlighten you to some horrifying fact or drug-or health-related truth. This month I have some more grisly news. This time it's about animals, not humans, but there's a link here that pertains to human health.
"THERE ARE THREE things we ask the people," explains Dr. James Ruttenbur: "Did the drug seem to burn in the vein, with an intense burning sensation at the injection site, travelling up the arm with the drug? Did it seem to cause a metallic taste in the mouth, lasting for hours?
“Although the [systemic] toxicity of MPP+ has not been extensively studied, a related compound, paraquat, has received wide attention for its use as a herbicide to control the illicit production of marijuana,” write Drs. Irwin Kopin and Stanley Burns, of the National Institute of Mental Health, in a 1984 research paper, “Mechanisms of Neurotoxicity of MPTP.”
A SACRAMENTO FEDERAL JUDGE, BY SUPpressing 553 marijuana plants from evidence in a cultivation case here last summer, has set a new precedent against intrusive airborne police surveillance. This should have the effect of protecting citizens all over the country.
Been busted? We care, and would like to hear about it. Send questions or stories about bizarre busts or close ones to: Dear Mary Jane, Northeast NORML Coalition, c/o NYS NORML, P.O. Box 20525, NewYork, NY 10025. Dear Mary Jane, About the issue of urine testing for drugs—I was a conductor with the New York City Transit Authority and saw the whole mess go on with urine-testing in my department.
Students’ Bodies Tested—E. Rutherford, N.J. School Board has appropriated $5,000 for a new testing program, effective for the 1985-86 school year. All high school students must submit to blood- and urine-testing as part of a required overall physical exam before they are allowed entry in the fall.
An Analysis of Marijuana Policy, a 1981 National Academy Press Publication, is recommended for changing the opinion of even the staunchest antimarijuana crusader. Under the auspices of the National Research Council, committee members from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineers and the Institute of Medicine compiled and reviewed all past research and reports dealing with marijuana.
AS MORE AND MORE ENTRIES IN THE Trans-High Market Quotations have come to deal with cocaine and MDMA and various popular types of speed and such, I’ve been feeling more and more inclined toward issuing some kind of personal disclaimer. It should probably be reiterated every so often, if not with every issue, that our well-known page of current illegal-drug prices is not a menu of recommendations but a report on the price and quality of what we know is currently available.
THROUGHOUT HISTORY, drugs and sex have been two of humanity’s three great preoccupations. It’s only natural that these two primary preoccupations would be combined in the folklore of pharmacology. Virtually every culture has its list of substances that are credited with the ability to arouse and/or increase sexual desire.
These soulful San Franciscans are sending out a message of hope, harmony and the power of the human spirit—and you can dance to it!
The audience was a spectacle unto itself. Aging hippies in ragged jeans and tie-dyed shirts mixed with skinhead punks in leather and spikes and clean-cut preppies with twenty-dollar haircuts and pastel polo shirts. Urban teens, black, white and Asian, danced themselves into frenzies alongside older dashiki-clad Africans and dreadlocked Rastafarians who scrutinized the scene as they swayed to the rhythms.
Startling new research proves that judicious use of recreational drugs Can enhance your lust life. But beware of those prescription pills!
Determining Sexual Side Effects
Research into the effects of drugs on human sexuality has been ongoing for only a few decades, but interesting evidence has already turned up: evidence that is bound to unsettle all those people who enjoy telling you that recreational drugs kill sex.
Getting out of the sack at any hour before 9:30 doesn't really strike my fancy, but 2:30 A.M. is absolutely ridiculous. But, I had an assignment from HIGH TIMES, SO felt duty-bound to get out of my warm, cozy bed when Allan knocked on my door. I could see the heavens were studded with stars as I pulled on my green T-shirt, jeans, shoes and my prized Harford County Grain and Feed hat.
Vibrant, semi-surreal L.A. landscapes are making TOM JENKINS the st Coasts hottest young painter.
Tom Jenkin' paintings of Californian civilization at moments of apocalyptic convulsion have all the comic/grisly impact of a high-speed freeway smash-up in the bright light of midafternoon. His vision are ominous views of an urban landscape riddled with cultural crimes against nature: flaming freeways, oil spills, overbuilt housing developments, leaking nuclear reactors, monstrous architecture—all are examples of a complex, sophisticated technology pushed beyond the limits of rational control.
Dear Ed, I am writing this letter in response to a letter which was published in your February 1985 issue. The writer attested to successfully cultivating the variety "Cannabis Ruderalis." I did some research and came up with some interesting facts.
Mandatory urine-testing is an invasion of privacy that must be stopped. JOANNE C. GAMPEL, M.A. reports on a dirty business. Urine-testing. The term does not exactly generate waves of excitement among magazine readers, unless they happen to be among the rapidly increasing number of people forced to undergo urinalysis.
As our warmongering president anxiously picks his next target, welcome to Vietnam '85.
THOMAS J. HO
Congress enacted the Military Service Registration Act in 1980—partly as a reaction to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan—following an absence of the draft registration for almost eight years. The 1980 draft registration law requires that every U.S. male citizen and resident alien between the ages of 18 and 26 must register for the draft.
EVEN EXPERIENCED GARDENERS should review their practices against current standards. Too often, a cultivator who has had successful experiences using one method is afraid to try more advanced techniques. If your garden is not up to date, it is not as efficient as it could be and you are losing valuable crops.
These are some of the major corporations that force their employees (usually excluding management, of course) to undergo urine testing before and/or after being hired. An estimated 125 of the Fortune 500 companies now require employee urinalysis.
Good dope lawyers know that a small detail can make a BIG difference.
CASES THAT CAN BE WON BY UNCOVERING gross illegality, the blatant smear, or obvious perjury are all too rare. It is up to the desperate attorney, seeking to unearth the obvious injustices being done to his politically, morally, and ethically righteous client to grind through the meager resources available to him in the statutes, cases and police reports to find a way to exonerate his client.
You say Grandma's at the door, and the harvest isn't ready? Well, now you can let her in and she'll never know what you're up to, thanks to the URBAN PLANTATION'S CLOSET FARMER. A complete, self-contained system with 27 cubic feet of growing room, the Closet Farmer is the perfect solution to growing indoors without closing off an entire room. Each oak-finished unit comes equipped with energy-saving spectra lights and fixtures, digital timer, ventilating fan, thermostat, pots, pans, nutrients and more. The Closet Farmer is not only enclosed, it's portable, moving easily on coasters from room to room for added security. Other sizes are available by request. And if you order before Xmas, you get a free "Closet Farmer" T-shirt. To order, call toll-free (800) 824-7488 (ex. 650); from Alaska and Hawaii, call (800) 824-7919 (ex. 650). For further info, dial (415) 258-9226.
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Some people are violent and criminal, others just make criminal noise. —Lydia Lunch As LOUD AS ANYTHING you've ever heard—CRASH! SLAM! Violent, aggressive, without pitch or resonance— SMASH! SCREECH! Metal on metal, steel on steel. The sound of God's fingernails scraping against a blackboard, or a freight train derailing between your temples.
1. Antietam, Antietam (Homestead). Raving, wild, loose, psychotic folk-punk, like the Velvet Underground running headlong from its own sonic barrage. 2. Mofungo, Frederick Douglass (Coyote). Sharp, listenable experimental rock, with shades of Minute-men deconstructivism and a garage Farfisa.
PENELOPE SPHEERIS, THE WOMAN who created slam-dance cinema, is at it again. Her first two movies captured the grittiest elements of L.A.'s spikey-haired punk scene, both as documentary (1981's The Decline Of Western Civilization) and fiction (1984's Suburbia).
It's midway into the fall of '85, and already we're starting to hold our breath for the coolest film we've heard about in ages. Problem is, we're gonna turn a million shades of blue from this breath-holdin' business, 'cause the film in question is not due for release till next spring.
Arsenal clinically documents America's mean war machine
America's War Machine: The Pursuit of Global Dominance, Tom Gervasi, Grove Press, New York, N.Y. $14.95:(paper). WAR, AND ITS PREPARATION, have become a bad habit in these United States of America. Oh, the government and Surgeon General would have us all believe that cigarettes are America's Number One Bad Habit.
Speaking of cool, the man who was the veritable celluloid definition of the word is now available on vidtape, and, again, the price is right. James Dean, who showed kids in the '50s how not to be nerds, and embodied the "live fast, die young, and leave a beautiful corpse" credo, made only three films before he totaled his Porsche and himself along with it.
YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE I FIRST began working here within these astrally cobwebbed corridors of HIGH TIMES. I've seen a lot of trips go down and a host of vagrant souls pass through. But one of the constants I've clung to in the onrush of variables, like a palm tree in a hurricane, has been a certain Xerox-copy of a letter to the editor that was thumbtacked to one of the bulletin boards when I first arrived here and is on my wall even now.
IT'S HARVEST TIME!: The plants are high and ready for pickin'. All the work of the spring and summer is about to pay off. It's harvest time! In celebration of this joyous season, we're proud to present a special issue, packed with mouth-watering photos, tales of harvests past and tips from experts on this year's harvest.