In Remembrance of My Favorite Pot Smoker and Activist….Jack Herer
I became familiar with Jack Herer’s work in college. His book The Emperor Wears No Clothes.. served as one of my most useful research books for papers. It provided the details to counter against the propaganda created against the commonly grown plant. The prohibitionist Law against “Marijuana” and hemp was created under hypocrital and questionable rationality. This became the foundation of many of my essays about basic humanitarian rights and the political manipulation of those rights.
Herers’ Book served as the Footnote in many freethinking college essays.
His work has lead me to working full time against employment discrimination of those who consume The Herb. I work for Cleartest.com to help people pass drug tests. Urine based drug tests are more unfair for Cannabis Users. People using Cannabis can be terminated from employment. This discrimination is based on detection of THC metabolites that could have occured within months of consumption.
Jack Herer began working in Pot Activism since The early 1970s. Herer was a pro-cannabis (marijuana) and hemp activist. He wrote two books, The Emperor Wears No Clothes and Grass. There has also been a documentary made about his life called, The Emperor of Hemp.
The Emperor Wears No Clothes was written in 1973 with its 11th edition currently in circulation.
The book, backed by H.E.M.P. (America), Hanf Haus (Germany), Sensi Seeds/Hash Marijuana Museum (Netehrlands), and T.H.C., the Texas Hemp Campaign (America), offers $100,000 to anyone who can disprove the claims made within.
“If all fossil fuels and their derivatives, as well as trees for paper and construction were banned in order to save the planet, reverse the The Green House Effect and stop deforestation; then there is only one known annually renewable natural resource that is capable of providing the overall majority of the world’s paper and textiles; meet all of the world’s transportation, industrial and home energy needs, while simultaneously reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil, and cleaning the atmosphere; all at the same time… and that substance is — the same one that did it all before — Cannabis Hemp… Marijuana!”
Many students and activists site his book in essays and for the debates of the legalization of Cannabis. We here in California look forward to voting this November in favor of marijuana legalization for recreational use. Without the work of activists like Herer to guide us, we mostly likely would have been further from such laws off then we can even imagine!
Jack Herer believed that the Cannabis Sativa plant should be decriminalized because it has been shown to be a renewable source of fuel, food, and medicine and can be grown in virtually any part of the world, and that the US Government has deliberately been hiding the proof of this.
A specific strain of Cannabis has been named after Jack Herer in honor of his work. This strain has won several awards, including the 7th High Times Cannabis Cup. Jack Herer was also inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame 7th Cannabis Cup in recognition of his first book.
Herer ran for Unite States President twice, in 1988 (1,949 votes) and 1992 (3,875 votes) as the Grassroots Party candidate.
In July 2000, Herer suffered a minor heart attack and a major stroke, resulting in difficulties speaking and moving the right side of his body.
On September 12, 2009 Herer suffered another heart attack while backstage at the Hempstalk Festival in Portland, Oregon. He spent nearly a month in critical condition in a Portland hospital, including several days in a medically induced coma. He was discharged to another facility on October 13, 2009.
He died aged 70 on April 15, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon, from complications related to the September 2009 heart attack. He will be greatly missed by all of the Cannibis Community and most freedom and democratic loving people of this world.
by Alex Shapiro