Friday, April 16, 2010

Jack Herer Has Died

The Examiner reports that The Emperor of Hemp, Jack Herer, has died.

Jack Herer, much beloved Emperor of Hemp and marijuana hero. is dead at age 70. Herer was a tireless advocate in the battle to end marijuana prohibition. He was perhaps the world's most famous activist for the decriminalization of marijuana and the utilization of hemp.

Jack Herer was born June 18, 1939. A former Goldwater Republican, Herer became a political activist and the author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, a book which is now a classic polemic in the effort to decriminalize marijuana.

Herer argued for the decriminalization and utilization of marijuana. Marijuana has been shown to be a renewable source of fuel, food, and medicine, and can be grown in virtually any part of the world. Herer was one of the first to show that the U.S. government deliberately hides the proof of marijuana's efficacy and utility. Herer devoted his life in support of cannabis, hemp and marijuana.
I met Jack in 1993 at a Rally in Rockford put on by then Rockford NORML director E.J. Pagel. Jack gave the greatest hugs. He will be missed.

If you haven't already, may I suggest reading a copy of Jack's book:

The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana

You can also see a video about Jack's life:

Emperor of Hemp: The Jack Herer Story

It is narrated by Peter Coyote who I used to know from a time long ago in a galaxy far away.

The US Government did have a few good things to say about hemp at one time. Hemp for Victory. You may also like Hemp in Illinois. Some history about a time when the government wanted citizens to grow hemp.

Cross Posted at Classical Values


E.J. Pagel said...

I'm deeply saddened to learn of Jack's passing. I thought he would make a recovery! That's the Jack I know.
"His legacy will continue to inspire and encourage for generations to come." I'll try to make his audio available, and there are photos of him at our rally on
E.J. Pagel

M. Simon said...

Here is E.J.'s link in clickable form: