ECUADOR: Reefer Ring

La cucaracha, la cucaracha

Ya no quiere cdminar

Porque no tiene, porque le falta

Marijuana que fumar.*

So sang Pancho Villa's ragged army in one of the most famous of all Latin American soldier songs. U.S. soldiers, better heeled than the cockroach, gave ear, took up the marijuana habit. Later they smoked the reefers in Panama, and when World War II took them to bases in Ecuador, the hop habit they brought was the answer to a medicine man's prayers.

The medicine man was Orley Burham, a mysterious Ecuadorian-born Scot who years ago had shacked up with a half-breed cook...

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