SOMETIMES IT SEEMS AS IF HIGH TIMES IS the only media voice in the land railing against the misguided governmental policies toward drugs in our society. But lately, several forthright calls for a radical change have come from some influential “mainstream” commentators.
You have the exact scoop on the CAMP scene [the DEA’s Campaign Against Marijuana Planting] as I hear about it— only folks are saying almost ninety percent was hit. Awful. People are leaving California for the first time in years. And going indoors.
Want to help support native Africans and have fun doing it? No, this is not another Band Aid/Live Aid/ USA for Africa appeal. Our idea is much more simple— and more functional: imported head toys from the Xhosa and Zulu tribes. The pipe pictured here was made by Xhosa craftsmen, while the snuff bottle necklace comes from the Zulu tribe.
Once a city with a rep roughly equal to Cleveland's, Maryland's capital is now booming.
Billie Holiday, soulful symbol of the jumping Baltimore of the '30s & '40s.
WHEN NINA SIMONE SINGS “BALtimore,” she conjures up pictures of a fading city desperately seeking a more marketable image. The city that produced the great talents of Billie Holiday and Eubie Blake, where Cab Calloway “Hi-de-hoed” with his corner cronies: that was the jumping Baltimore of the ’30s and ’40s.
THE STRANGE POWERS OF BIOFEEDBACK, CRYSTAL, INTERFERON AND THE MOON
I GUESS ALL OF YOU HAVE HEARD of biofeedback and biorhythms. I must admit that the first time I heard of them was along Route 95 at the Howard Johnson’s where the biorhythm machines sat with the video games, waiting for quarters from travelers.
Dope-deranged solons to Army: "Forget Russia, fight drugs!"
Carry On, General
Worse Than Terrorism
DEFENSE SECRETARY CASpar Weinberger was all but called a "drug symp" by several impassioned congressmen recently, on the Congressional Record, after expressing opposition to a pending House of Representatives bill which would, if enacted, allow (or maybe compel) the United States Armed Forces to adopt an even broader role in suppressing do mestic narcotics smuggling.
AS PART OF THE REAGAN Administration's continuing efforts to divert the nation's attention away from the truly serious problems facing America, Attorney General Ed Meese and his anti-drug stormtroopers launched an all-out attack on the pages of our nation's newspapers with a much-ballyhooed campaign against domestic pot plants.
"MADAME" PAULA Hawkins, the beehive-headed firebreather of the United States Senate when it comes to drug issues, is widely credited on the Capital Hill snicker circuit with blowing Ed Meese's 50-state marijuana roundup out of the water before it even started.
CRACKIN' UP: THE INSIDE DOPE ON NYC'S "SUPER COKE"
A NEW YORK CITY POLICE Department raid on a Bronx dope den last summer uncovered a new form of "super cocaine" that is sweeping the ghettos of New York City. The Bronx narco unit confiscated 67 vials of "crack," a "pre-freebased" form of coke that relieves users of the inflammatory hazards of turning regular salt coke into freebase, using volatile chemicals.
WE MISSPELLED HIS FIRST name last year, when we wrote up the "Virgil Knight" episode amid the long history of last year's Oregon Marijuana Initiative campaign. We did not see his properly-spelled name in print until the obituary last summer, after Douglas County Deputy Corporal Virgle Knight died in a flaming pot-chopper crash—exactly a year to the day, most weirdly, after he had arrested Dianne Weiker, at the Roseburg County Fair, for "drug paraphernalia" charges while she was gathering OMI signatures, on the last Tuesday in July, 1984.
Dear Mary Jane, I would like all your readers, who think that the South and other politically conservative areas are the only places in the country where backward-thinking about drugs is prevalent, to know the true story. I am a full-time mom who keeps up with the newspapers.
IN CASE YOU MISSED OUT ON THE LAST COLumn, we were talking about the various effects or psychic manifestations that you can assume you will probably experience behind "doing" or "consuming" any of the substances listed on the opposite page.
Absinthe adversely affects the digestion and may cause anorexia and intense thirst. Users are reported to experience anxiety, depression and fatigue. Chronic use of the drug can cause damage to the optice nerve, vertigo, both auditory and visual hallucinations, sexual dysfunction, epileptic convulsions, sleep disorders, psychosis, speaking difficulty, aggressive behavior, nausea, vomiting and kidney dysfunction.
MDMA, or “ecstasy” as it’s commonly known, has caused more heated headlines— and more hasty government action—than any substance since LSD. Here’s the truth about America’s hottest high. HIGH TIMES contributing editor DAVID HERSHKOVITS interviews Rick Seymour, of the Haight-Ashbury Medical Clinic in San Francisco, who has just published an authoritative account of the history and current status of “the love drug,” Is Ecstasy Spelled MDMA? (Longmeadow Press, Stamford, Conn., due out now).
TO IMAGINE A NUCLEAR WAR IS TO THINK THE UNTHINKABLE. BUT IN DISARMING Images, a traveling art exhibition, 46 artists have taken on that difficult job as a creative commitment to prevent nuclear war. "How does an artist think about nuclear holocaust, an event that has never taken place, whose reality exists as the threat that permeates all phases of contemporary life?" asks curator Nina Felshin, who assembled the show.
“When I saw you from the driveway, I thought you were a couple of French girls,” Dennis Hopper says in his familiar Midwestern drawl as he lumbers up to our table. “No, uh, American,” I reply. We’re sitting by the pool at Cannes’ Hotel Martinez, and the motley camera crew that’s been tailing Hopper up and down the beach for several hours now is circling us from a reverent distance, shark-like, feeding off the eye-catching spectacle of a major male movie star flanked by a pair of enticing female ornaments.
IN EVERY CULTURE, THE HARvest season is a time for rejoicing. A successful harvest means that people will have enough food, fiber and herbs to succor them through the winter and the spring. It usually also means prosperity for the farmers. How ironic that we have such a bittersweet harvest in America, which is blessed with so much arable land and such bountiful crops.
Marijuana flowers as it senses the advent of autumn. It does this by chemically measuring the number of hours of uninterrupted darkness during each 24-hour cycle. When enough hours of darkness accumulate each day, the plant produces hormones that change its growth cycle from vegetative to reproductive.
Inspired in part by the Green Parties of Western Europe, and growing out of the experience of the '60s and '70s antinuclear, ecology, feminist and peace movements, a variety of "Green"-oriented groups have begun organizing across the United States.
If for no other reason, UW Madison can lay claim to abiding coolness by virtue of the fact that many former HIGH TIMES staffers are alumni of this renowned school. But UWM need not rest on its HIGH TIMES connection. This university was in the vanguard of student protest in the '60s, reaching a peak with the bombing of the local Army Mathematics Center at the height of the Vietnam War in 1970.
IN THE 20 YEARS SINCE AMERicans started growing marijuana, they have become the world’s most scientific farmers, with the best cultural and breeding techniques. Domestic American marijuana compares favorably with most imports and is a standard of quality to match in much of the cultivating world.
THIS MAGAZINE HAS PUBLISHED a number of articles over the past few months concerning the helicopter harassment, warrantless break-ins, and other irresponsibilities of the federal, state and local marijuana eradication effort in California known as the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP).The litigation which serves as the forum for these facts being presented in court is NORML et al., v. MULLEN et al., U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.
Album cover artwork is often as valuable as the record within the cover, sometimes even more so. But time is tough on covers. Now there’s a product that’s even tougher in keeping album covers in mint condition for years to come. PROTECTIVE ALBUM COVERS, made by IMAGES CO., are four millimeters thick to protect albums from spills, tears, scratches and other slings and arrows of a rock fan’s fortunes.
IN BLUES, THEY SING ABOUT SEX, love, hard times, the blues and drinking. In country music, they sing about sex, love, hard times, country music and drinking. In reggae, things are different. Reggae singers sing about sex, love, hard times, reggae music and smoking marijuana.
1. Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, Rockin’and Romance (Twin Tone). Rock music’s most lovable and frustrating child grows up just a little, and produces a series of neo-doo wop musings on subjects dear to us all: jeans, the beach, colors and baseball.
A HAND INCHES A BLURRY SNAPshot into the camera’s field of vision near the end of Chan Is Missing, as the weary voiceover explains, “Here’s a picture of Chan and I still can’t see him.” Chan’s sudden disappearance remains unexplained. Like the hero of Ralph Ellison’s novel, the protagonist of director Wayne Wang’s film is an invisible man.
THE SAN FRANCISCO MIME Troupe is proof that the anti-establishment spirit of the '60s not only lives, it thrives. The Mime Troupe has been skewering sacred cows and exposing the bullshit and hypocrisy of corrupt politicians for 26 years, and its work is as timely and vital today at it was when they played for free in the parks of the San Francisco Bay Area back in the hip heyday.
LIKE SOME CRAZY CONVERgence of Alfred E. Neuman and Gary Hart, that face is hard to forget, hard to trust. It’s unmarked by earnestness, and maybe that’s the secret of its appeal. David Letterman, gone cat of the early morning hours for millions of college kids, hepsters, yuppies and others who stay up late, lobs irony the way Dan Quisenberry unfurls an off-speed pitch.
SOME OF THE HIGHEST HERB IN THE WORLD—SOME WOULD SAY THE HIGHEST—IS grown right here in the U.S. of A. And many would argue vehemently that the best of the domestic pot is California sinsemilla. Now you can learn the cherished techniques of the California sinse farmer from a videotape called, logically enough, California Sinsemilla.
AS AN INDEX, AS REPORTAGE, AS analysis, and as well-reasoned insight, Abe Peck’s Uncovering the Sixties: The Life and Times of the Underground Press is the best general book on America’s most turbulent and Renaissance-like decade. While other books have provided important information and documentation on the various diverse movements toward freedom that come under the '60s banner—the civil rights and Black Power movement, the women’s liberation movement, the gay rights movement, the anti-war effort, the psychedelics movement—this is the first broadbased account that gets toward some of the truth.