Last December, Harper’s magazine sponsored a drug symposium in its pages. Typically, for the mainstream media, the round table discussion was called “What is America’s Drug Problem?” (as if nobody really knew). Among the comments were reasonable ones by Professor Arnold Trebach, director of American University’s Institute on Drugs, Crime, and Justice, who said that in terms of sheer numbers, our worst problem drugs are the legal recreational drugs—alcohol and tobacco; that people take drugs because they like them; and who called for the control led legalization of cocaine and marijuana.
One thing I’ve always wanted to do was try my hand at making the real Coca-Cola. What I need is for some nice person to import some seeds, seedlings or clippings from the coca plant and the kola-nut tree. I need to get a good greenhouse crop, pick them at the peak of their ripeness and brew them with pure Rocky Mountain spring water and pure fructose, I’d ferment it lightly and bottle it like champagne.
WHY ISN’T OUR HOLY WEED LEGAL YET? Why can’t we toke up in peace? It makes me madder than a pothead who just soaked his stash in rancid bong water whenever I think about this pathetic situation. I was reading a report the other day written in the late '60s that predicted marijuana would be legal by 1986.
After reviewing the President’s State of the Union address, I understand better why some leading conservatives have endorsed the legalization of marijuana and other drugs. Philosophically, ending the prohibition of marijuana seems to be a conservative one—small government, government out of peoples’ private lives, reducing the deficit and focusing enforcement on violent criminals.
These are the warning signs of MPTP, the street-drug contaminate that causes irreversible brain damage leading to paralysis with palsy in its victims: ● The drug causes an intense burning sensation in the vein when injected, and in the nose when it’s snorted.
IT'S ALL ONE SINGLE MYTH now, floating along this cocaine-ridden, celebrity-besotten Street of Dreams. Ozzie and Harriet's freshfaced white child, Ricky Nelson, set fire to his airplane and died while freebasing cocaine last New Year's Eve, at age 45, just like Richard Pryor set his shirt on fire while freebasing in 1980.
• Did the CIA bump off the DEA's most important dope trial witness?•
Adler Berriman "Barry" A Seal, the 45-year-old ex-Green Beret dope pilot whose snitch testimony was crucial to several of the Justice Department's biggest-ever international narcotics cases, was blown away like a Penny Arcade shooting-gallery duck last spring, after a Louisiana federal judge had sentenced him to perform six months "community service" in a Baton Rouge drug-treatment center.
3. Does how much I smoke or ingest affect the test?
4. How can I spoil the test?
5. What can I do if I test positive but don’t think I should have?
6. Are urine tests legal ? Who is allowed to administer them?
7. Can I be arrested if the test is positive?
Every day, letters and phone calls pour into the HIGH TIMES offices, asking the same questions about the rising tide of urine testing. HIGH TIMES has published several articles about this ugly phenomenon in the past, and will continue to expose the cruel and unconstitutional practice as more and more horror stories about its abuse come to our attention.
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MASSACHUSETTS: Joe Hutchins, a 41 year old sufferer of schlederma, a skin disorder which causes hardening of the skin, has unsuccessfully tried to have a marijuana cultivation conviction overturned. According to Hutchins, who pleaded medical necessity, marijuana alleviates some of the symptoms of the disease, which includes difficulty in swallowing.
Decrim: IOWA: A bill has been introduced to the Judiciary Committee that would reduce possession of marijuana from a serious to a simple misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of $100 fine and 30 days in jail. Current law calls for a six month sentence and a $2500 fine.
LSD has been accused of possessing awesome powers to make people do things they would not normally do, such as stare at the sun until blind, step out windows and in front of speeding trucks, or commit mass murder. LSD is said to cause madness, disorientation and unpleasant hallucinations.
TOM MILLER AND RICHARD LLOYD, two aspiring, unemployed rock guitarists, were walking home through the East Village one afternoon in 1974 when they passed an anonymous bar on the corner of Bleecker and Bowery and decided to stop in for a drink.
In July, 1984, I traveled to Peru with two friends from New York, Chuck Dudell and Larry Lavalle. We spent three weeks in the river town of Requena unsuccessfully searching for a guide to take us into the Amazon jungle. However it wasn’t until we backtracked to lquitos that we finally met a guide—Moises Torres Vienna.
Only smoke dope in the safest situation: driving during the day. If cars around you are a problem, keep them out of your way by running your burglar alarm siren. If you are randomly stopped, tell the compassionate cop the "Fuck Pigs" bumper sticker doesn’t refer to the police, but rather your sexual preference.
An American I know who is staying in Holland introduced me to Bob Warren, of Warren Bros. Ent. He designs many of the stickers used by the coffeehouses as well as paper filters and other promotional items. He also publishes the Golden Blow Guide (blow is another name for pot in Holland).
CHAIS: Living in Holland is great except for the weather, pollution and finding a place without people. Nevertheless, it’s still the best country to live in. It’s so easy to live here. The government supplies you with money (if you’re a citizen) so that you have time to think and figure out what you want to do with your life.
SIMON VINKENOOG, the author of this ode to Amsterdam, was born in Amsterdam in 1928, and lived in Paris from 1948 till 1956. He was introduced to marijuana smoking in 1952; his first LSD came to him in Amsterdam where he'd returned to live as a (performing) poet, autobiographical writer, chronicler, and master of ceremonies.
Something's astir on Haight Street. Thousands of hippies are making the scene when a roving band of mysterious characters suddenly appears among the day-trippers, passing out handbills that bear enigmatic phrases: Street Menu and Carte de Venue ("Your ticket to somewhere").
Nineteen sixty-seven was a year of stark contrasts. America's war against the Vietnamese had swollen into a disaster, provoking disgust and condemnation throughout the world. The black ghettos of Detroit and Newark exploded in the summer heat while Aretha Franklin belted out her anthem for women and oppressed minorities: "All I want is a little respect..."
Dear Ed, I am planning on expanding my mini-greenhouse. Right now I have a 1000W metal halide and CO2 in a highly reflective 10' x 10' room. Would a 1000W sodium vapor addition with tracks be best or would two 400W metal halides on track with a stationary 400W sodium vapor be more effective?
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THIS IS THE THIRD IN A SERIES OF articles written by Jorge Cervantes, author of the bestselling Indoor Marijuana Horticulture, known by many as the Bible of indoor growing. The series will detail just about anything the novice and experienced indoor grower could want to know.
I decided to set up a garden to produce seeds after growing gardens both indoors and outdoors. I bought a house and three acres of land so that I could grow all year round. The house has a large cellar which I improved and divided into rooms. The main room is the flowering room, but I continued on page 76 continued from page 70 want to have a crop every month, so I need to start a crop every month.
Even in Holland, police and judges earn their living prosecuting people for possession of drugs. But in Holland these legal moralizers act in quite a different way than in most countries. In the Netherlands judges regularly take action against the cannabis scene, but often suspend sentencing or give very nominal terms.
For centuries, men have searched for that elusive substance: a stimulant to produce an eternal hard-on. Well, Kwang Tze solution doesn’t promise to keep it up forever, but it does claim to add starch to even the most virile organ. This genie-in-a-bottle potion has been sold under the counter in the Orient for years, and it’s only now becoming available for Westerners. Send your cash, check or money order for $15.00 to: Globe Import and Export, 4535 W. Sahara #105-402, Las Vegas, NV 89102. Or order by phone with Visa or Master-card: (702)379-6023.
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Tired of fighting off spider mites in hand-to-hand combat? Let these Predator Mites do the dirty work for you! Here’s one chewing into a spider mite egg, but they eat all the other stages, too. (They don’t eat plants or people, and die when the spider mites are gone.) How’s that for a nifty way to get rid of them? Now if only they could breed a Deputy Predator! 500 Predator Mites (a mixture of 250 Amblyseius californicus and 250 Phytoseiulus longipes for warm grow conditions) sells for $33 postpaid from Nature’s Control, P.O. Box 35, Medford, OR 97501. They also have a free brochure on these and other live pest controls.
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Cramped for space? Live in a concrete city? The answer to these growing problems is the Leisure Garden, a hydroponic system which is especially designed for city gardening. The Leisure Garden allows you to grow your own within a very small area. Like other hydroponic systems, the Leisure Garden gives you a soilless, disease-free, mineral-balanced growing environment. With its special “aeration chamber,” the Leisure Garden delivers lots of water for those really big plants which are hard to get with a wick supply system. The Leisure Garden is available in two models: the 1800 ($49.95, postage paid) and the 1200 ($39.95 postage paid). Both units come complete with six months supply of nutrients, drain system, ten growing tubes, two capillary mats, and an instruction manual. Send for the Leisure Garden of your choice (or a catalog) from PW3, P.O. Box 7611, Greensboro, N.C. 27417.
Robert Cray Band, False Accusations (Hightone), They tell me this is a blues record, but Cray’s streamlined, chilly emotional workout offers too many musical surprises (and too few 12-bar structures) to be a folkloric recapitulation of form.
I would bet that Ron Reagan's favorite maxim is "only the strong survive." Well, if you look at animals, you see this is pretty true. The less spunky ones are winnowed out, and the ones with stamina and blind determination are getting bigger everyday.