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THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Sunday, November 22, 1970
Sunday, November 22, 1970
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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The author: " was suspect in this
subculture of paranoia."
Continued from Page 15 The bodyguard let us all in.
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raid in Michigan history, and waited.'Although not all junk-
Frank had been going all over ies respect Frank's authority
the city to find a wholesaler in the neighborhood, most un-
who still had some heroin. derstand that Frank can not
Spade Dave was in a door- only cut off their heroin sup-
way waiting for us as we lef ply but can also have their
the bar. He confronted us on legs broken or their teeth
the street, his hand stuck kicked in by his musclemen.
meaningfully in his coat Spade Dave wanted Frank's
pocket. We found out later he approval and Frank's help to
had only a knife and not a take care of us.
gun, but we went obediently "What the hell's going on,"
with him to Frank's. Frank demanded when he saw
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By CLARK NORTON
Algeciras, Spain, lyingat the foot of the Mediterranean "Coast o
the Sun" and in the shadow of nearby Gibralter, is plagued by pollute
beaches, overpriced hotels and a virtually nonexistent nightlife. It ha
also become one of the major gathering places for the world's youth
In fact, it is one of the few cities in General Franco's domain in whic
long-haired, hippie-garbed youth are conspicuous - for one seldom see
a Spanish hippie anywhere. Not that any of them stay long. For Algeciras
only real attraction is the six ferries that leave daily for Morocco on th
African continent, only a few miles away.
For several years Morocco..has been the mecca of youth travel in th
Mediterranean area, and it would be difficult to find a self-respecting
hippie who has roamed these parts without paying his respects at leas
once to some of the sights, sounds and smells of Morocco - many o
which are supplied by the seemingly infinite cheap supply of kif an
But the Moroccans have recently begun a crackdown on the us
of these drugs, and despite their drive for the tourist dollar (or fran
or shilling or mark, as the case may be), they have decided they ca
manage their economy without long-haired visitors, whom they link wit
drug use. Generally speaking, anyone with hair longer than a Marin
Corps commandant is told to get a haircut or stay in Algeciras, a choic
which resembles "death by fire or death by drowning" to most long-hair
I asked one long-haired youth, who insisted it was "unconstitutional
to be turned away from the borders for not having a haircut, why h
wanted to go to Morocco. "To smoke dope, of course," he admitted. "Bu
how can they be sure of that?"
The Moroccans don't seem to be much concerned whether an occas
sional "innocent" gets the ax, perhaps because there are so few innocents
One Moroccan official candidly confessed that he couldn't imagine wh
anyone would want to visit his country if not to get stoned. After spendin
eight days there recently, I can't agree with his evaluation - but it doe
seem that a sizeable number of visitors manage to get high while i:
Morocco. And that includes respresentatives from every group: young
old, short-haired, long-haired, and probably visiting heads of state. Fe
one thing, it often isn't even necessary to have the kif pipe or join
in your mouth to experience the effect. The atmosphere is so saturate
with kif smoke in some areas that all you have to do to breathe that goo
old Moroccan air to get high.
The great secret
Yet despite the crackdown there is no dearth of flowing locks i:
Moroccan cities like Tangier, Fez and Marrakech. Some travelers sta
long enough to grow their hair back again, but others manage to get pas
the borders without shedding the shrubbery. Here's how I did it.
I arrived in Algeciras one sunny August morning after hitchhikin
from a small village down the road. All buses and trains from Seville an
Cadiz to Algeciras had been booked for days, so hitchhiking was a neces
sity. After walking to the ferryboat (which is easy to find because everyon
within 20 miles of Algeciras seems headed there) I spent an hour hurriedl
trying to comply with all the bureaucratic red tap required for travelin
from one country and continent to another, only to discover that
Moroccan official was giving the heave-ho to every long-hair who trie
to board the ferry to Tangier. I was forced to join about 20 others wh
had been shunted to the sidelines, all with long hair, most dressed in blu
jeans and tie-dyed T-shirts, many with girl friends or families, eac
wondering what to do next. Some had traveled hundreds of miles to g
to Algeciras, and without the trip to Morocco Algeciras might as well b
Des Moines. A quick trip to the men's room to water down my hair on
infuriated the official, and he marked my passport stamp "annulled
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