• THIS MONTH, AT YEAR’S END AND AT THE HALFWAY POINT OF HIGH TIMES’ 12th year of continuous publication, we are proud to present an issue which represents the efforts of the entire staff in an exceptional way. Not because its contents are any more extraordinary than the extraordinary contents of other months’ issues, but because it illustrates so well the Innovative standards of journalism that HIGH TIMES strives for in every issue, 12 months a year.
Astrology and drugs have many similarities [HIGH TIMES, Aug. ’85]. They have both been used for thousands of years to give access to higher awareness. Both are feared and attacked by the establishment. They also both have in common that they must be personally experienced before one can have insight as to why they have been so highly prized for millenia.
• AMERICAN NARCS AND DIPLOmats have long been engaged in a largely unsuccessful campaignaimed at pressuring governments in drug-producing countries to persuade dope farmers to abandon their illicit crops in favor of legal foodstuffs.
• YOU ARE NOT PERFECT...AND I bet you blame your parents for your shortcomings. Because your father tied you to the dinner table and forced you to finish everything, including all the liver on your plate, you are now anorexic. Because your mother was too loving, you are now gay.
OFFICIALS WHITEWASH RANGER'S KILLING OF POT PATCH YOUTH
SHOT IN THE WOODS
A MEDIA BLACKOUT
WHITEWASH IN THE WORKS?
THE FIRST CERTIFIABLE fatality in the unending federal-state-local war on marijuana cultivators in Northern California occurred near here last August, when a United States Forest Service ranger shotgunned to death 23-year-old Danny Clements at the very edge of a pot patch near Bean Creek in the Plumas National Forest, about 15 miles northeast of Oroville.
"MAJOR LEAGUE LOADed” was the title of our June ’85 cover story, which probed the problem of drug abuse in professional and college sports. Though the article examined the effects of drugs on all the major sports, it focused heavily on baseball, debunking the image of the baseball player as the epitome of the superstraight, All-American athlete, not in a judgmental manner, but simply to reveal the depths of the problem in America’s National Pastime.
LES LEDBETTER, CONFIDANT of HIGH TIMES founder Tom Forcade and long-time staffer for the New York Times who resigned in December ’83 to edit the radical journal Overthrow, died in his sleep on July 29, just hours before he was to visit a doctor regarding a chronic case of pneumonia.
For her: Liquid Crystal Marijuana Leaf Jewelry. Changes colors in response to body heat. Leaf Pendant w/16" chain: $6.00. Stick pin: $6.50. Pr. of earrings: $10.00. For him: Solid brass, oval belt buckle with raised marijuana leaf: $15.00.
A WORLD WAR II MEDAL OF HONOR winner has been charged with growing marijuana in a Maryland cornfield. Jacklyn Lucas, 57, an ex-Marine who at 17 became the nation’s youngest recipient of the coveted military honor, was popped by state troopers in northeast Maryland after a Department of Natural Resources plane spotted the pot growing on a farm where Lucas was living in a tent.
COKE ADDICTS IN THEIR scores of millions registered a stunningly successful social protest last summer, by virtually boycotting the insipid “new” formulation of CocaCola, and forcing a return of the romantic traditional formula, under the brand-name “Coke Classic.”
AS MUCH AS TEN TONS OF COCAINE IS BEing held by drug agents in a secret stash in South Florida, according to congressional investigators who have seen the awesome coke cache. The huge snort stash, snidely dubbed “the big nose-candy mountain” by the New York Daily News, is awaiting destruction orders from Florida courts that are clogged with coke cases causing the massive buildup of evidentiary toot.
ALTHOUGH THIS IS THE DECEMBER ISSUE of HIGH TIMES, designed to celebrate that joyful time of year when the harvest is in and the larders are full, the fact is that, as we go to press, we here in New York City in late September are still enduring the tail end of the annual pre-harvest dope drought—when all the summer stashes have been exhausted, resinous sinsemilla buds are but a memory of distant days, and the shortage of decent smoking product has become so acute that abstention threatens to become a viable alternative.
• A vast array of bewildering brand names that are often seen in media advertising. These include but are not limited to: A.R.M.®, Alka-Seltzer Plus®, Alle-rest®, Comtrex®, Contac®, Coricidin®, Dimetan®, Dristan®, Formula 44®, Novahistine®, Nyquil®, Sinarest®, Sine-Off®, Sinutab®, Sudafed®, Triaminic®, Tussagesic®,1 etc., etc., etc.
In New York City, the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is now the No. 1 killer of men between the ages of 30 and 39, and the No. 2 killer of women aged 30 to 34. If present trends hold, warned Alan Kristal, director of the city’s Office of Epidemiologic Surveillance and Statistics, “By 1986, AIDS will be the leading cause of death of males between 15 and 64."1
• Some of the symptoms for AIDS are also symptoms of other diseases. If you have two or more of the following conditions for more than a month, see your doctor—especially if you are a member of one of the high-risk groups (a gay or bisexual man who is sexually active with multiple partners, anyone who has high numbers of sex partners they exchange body fluids with, someone who uses drugs intravenously and has shared needles, or a sexual partner of someone at risk for AIDS).
TV's fundamentalist preachers sell salvation like snake oil.
Christian TV? Why, you ask, should any reader of HIGH TIMES tune in to Christian TV? Because, quite simply, it is the most entertaining thing on. It’s comical, dramatic, extravagant, passionate, violent, manipulative, topical, glitzy, tacky, idiotic and absurd.
Everybody who is the least bit involved with drugs is familiar with these dumb dope questions. Drug users are asked them all the time, by non-users and other drug users alike. At this magazine, a week never goes by when people don’t call or write in asking these questions—even though we’ve answered them all, time and again, in articles and responses to letters.
THE ULTRA-LIBERAL NEW YORK GOV ATTACKS THE ARCHCONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST’S CALL FOR LEGALIZED COKE.
• After columnist William F. Buckley, Jr., whose politics are somewhere to the right of the late Shah of Iran’s, issued a surprisingly commonsense call for the legalization of all drugs, many politicians and authorities began to take a second look at the current idiotic policies which have resulted in rampant crime, widespread abuse, and deep divisions within our society.
LSD the drug that helped spark the hip revolution of the '60s, is back in vogue with a new generation of hipsters who were too young to take the trip the first time around. Cool young people from San Francisco (where the Haight-Ashbury is undergoing a major psychedelic revival) to New York's East Village are tuning in to the spacey—and spiritual—joys of the ultimate psychedelic drug.
Thought I’d pass this picture along for the holidays. These three eight-foot sinse plants, which I call Bangor Brown, produced a fine vintage. I’m sure you know my holidays will be merry. HO HO HO!—The Budman of Bangor Bangor, Me. We’ve just completed our fifth harvest.
Forget the Reagan hype about Sandinista drug-running. For high-level dope corruption, the American-backed Somoza regime was unbeatable.
If all that you knew about the Caribbean dope trade was what you saw on television, you'd imagine that the current Sandinista government of Nicaragua singlehandedly funnels all the contraband fume and toot of South America into the United States.
• When there’s a new development in cigarette rolling papers, it’s big news, and we want to be the first to tell you about it. Such is the case with BAMBU cigarette papers, which have recently gone through some exciting new changes. The papers themselves are now more lightweight, so that you can fully enjoy the flavor of what you’re smoking. And the packaging has gone through some major changes that have made Bambus more visually exciting and easier to buy, store and use. All four sizes of Bambus—regular, 1½ extra, Big Bambu and double-wide—are now available in 36-pack boxes, so that you won’t have to worry about running out. (And isn’t it true that you always seem to run out just when you need'em the most?!) The sturdy boxes come with an adhesive on the back, so you can hang them on your wall, the refrigerator, or wherever you feel they’ll be most handy. And the double-wides now have our ol’ pal, the winking Spaniard, on every pack. The new 36-pack boxes are available for $18 per box from Bambu Sales, Dept. HT 10/85, P.O. Box 691, Westbury, NY 11590. •
• If you’ve ever been disappointed by the discovery that something which should have been dry has turned out to be wet, you’re obviously in need of an item that will guarantee the dryness of vitamins, medications or any other valuable substance. The water-resistant DELIGHTER is the perfect item for the beach, the lake or anywhere that poses a wet threat. Although it does not function as a lighter, the Delighter obviously has other advantages. It comes in red, white, blue and black, with a clear or amber vial inside. The Delighter is available for $10 per unit (plus 75¢ postage and handling; U.S. currency only) from DELIGHTER-2, 557 California St., Suite 16, Boulder City, NV 89005. •
• In order for plants to grow to their highest potential, they need well-balanced nutrients. ECOGROW has spent fourteen years in the hydroponics field, perfecting the formulas for their complete line of plant nutrients. The results are four varieties of nutrients to cover just about every imaginable growing condition. ECOGROW STD. (10-8-14) is for temperate zone growing conditions (medium temperature and light). For subtropical conditions (75° to 90° temperature, 1,000-2,000 footcandles), there’s ECOGROW “S” (15-7-12). ECOGROW “M” (20-6-12) is for plants growing in tropical conditions (80° to 100°, 2,000 + footcandles, high humidity), while ECOBLOOM (3-35-10) slows vegetative growth and maximizes flowering and fruitation. Ecogrow nutrients are water-soluble powders, available in 8-or 16-ounce bottles, or five-, ten- and 25-pound bulk boxes. They’re available from Eco Enterprises, 2821 N.E. 55th St., Seattle, WA 98105, or by calling 1-800-426-6937 (206-523-9300 in Washington). •
More accurately: Hi Ho!, because Vonnegut remains a major standard-bearer of the crazed-lunatic, surrealist-absurdist, ultimately ultra-sane literary style that blazed across the '60s. Remember the '60s? The 60s—a metaphor for a sensibility that has now be come unstuck in time. Unstuck In time—a phrase coined by Kurt Vonnegut in Slaughterhouse Five, a big '60s novel that was partly an allegory about Vietnam.
• LIGHT WAVES WHICH REACH Earth from the sun are nearly parallel to each other, so the intensity of the light doesn’t change perceptibly when an outdoor plant is raised a few feet. However, light intensity from electrical lamps diminishes rapidly because the lamp is close to the plant and is emitting a rapidly-widening beam.
• THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) fights the marijuana issue on a variety of fronts: public opinion, the media, the legislatures and the courts. Our litigation program is especially effective. By going to court we accomplish a number of objectives.
• OVER THE PAST TEN YEARS, AUStralia has become one of the most important countries in the development of progressive music. While Australia was once known for turning out pop acts such as Olivia Newton-John and The Bee Gees, in the '80s progressive-minded artists have crowded the Australian market.
1. Mission of Burma, The Horrible Truth About Burma (Ace of Hearts). Wailing, posthumous rock ’n’ roll noise from the since-disbanded Boston quartet that came closest to fusing new wave’s punk energy with its arty side. With a raucous cover of the Stooges' “1970.”
• SHIRLEY CLARKE HAS SEEN IT ALL. In the ’50s she helped spearhead American vanguard cinema. She battled censorship in 1961 when her film, The Connection, a feature on New York City junkies, was banned for obscenity. During the ’60s she cofounded two distribution companies for independent filmmakers.
• ONE OF THE MOST PRESSING Social concerns of our time is the loathesome policy of apartheid in South Africa. Articles have been written in newspapers and magazines decrying this outrage [including “The War Against Apartheid,” May’85 HIGH TIMES]; documentaries have been filmed; plays have been staged; and still apartheid persists.
• ALL HISTORICAL EVENTS ARE ULtimately transformed into myth. It’s an instinctive human process which, call it what you will (fictionalization of the past, mystification, creative rationalization, or more succinctly, lying), has been going on for a long time—at least since that butch bunch of slippery Greeks took Troy from the rear.
• YOU’RE A TOP TV EXECUTIVE SITting at your desk high atop Rockefeller Plaza, and you’re doing something you seldom do—laughing out loud. The reason for your high spirits is you’ve just read a script for a new sitcom that has wit, originality and topicality.
• THE MOST UNCOOL IDEA FOR A TV series since The Mod Squad comes from former Fonz Henry Winkler, who has approached the DEA for help in putting together a series about the “war on drugs.” Winkler’s idea revolves around the murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarena Salazar in Mexico last February, and was originally the “brainchild” (now there’s a misnomer) of narc-turned-TV-producer Stephen Downing.