An eventful drug-year for John Wilcock, with mail-order mescaline, a friendly gesture from Seymour Krim, uninformed police officers, and Turkish cigars.
View previous installments of the John Wilcock comic here and here.
The Internet's best educational resource on drugs, Erowid, has a terrific amount of information on Mescaline: Erowid Mescaline Vault | Mescaline Basics | A list of experiences on Mescaline
The individual that gave John his first marijuana joint, Seymour Krim, is quite a good writer. Search out his two collections, "Missing a Beat" and "Shake it for the World, Smartass". Read this appreciative essay by Mark Cohen: Seymour Krim's Howl: I Was Not Destroyed, Mr. Ginsberg!
PBS Frontline provides this decent Marijuana Timeline (covering years 1600-1996) — Regarding 1961, it indicates:
1960s: Marijuana use popular in counterculture
A changing political and cultural climate was reflected in more lenient attitudes towards marijuana. Use of the drug became widespread in the white upper middle class. Reports commissioned by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson found that marijuana use did not induce violence nor lead to use of heavier drugs. Policy towards marijuana began to involve considerations of treatment as well as criminal penalties.
Finally, John did indeed smoke pot in Broadway show lobbies, but regarding his joke to out-of-town tourists, Just Look at This Turkish Cigar.
And we’re done! We (along with John, who loved that this was serialized) would like to thank everyone on Boing Boing, and all readers, for following this story over the pace of a page or two every month. The obvious question: What’s next? Answer: There will be a Kickstarter — likely around June — to […]
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