Remembering Jack Herer
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Remembering Jack Herer

April 20, 2010

Dear Reader,

On April 15th, we lost the founding father of the hemp industry. The passing of Jack Herer marked the end of an era for the modern hemp industry. The Hemperor, as Jack was affectionately known, was a true visionary who inspired an entire generation of cannabis and hemp activists including myself.  

Many of us in the hemp industry were inspired by Jack's book The Emperor Wears No Clothes. Self published in 1985, The Emperor exposed the racist origins of cannabis prohibition and extolled the amazing and long forgotten hemp plant. Jack promoted the book and his message tirelessly at events throughout north America and eventually the world inspiring millions to rediscover hemp.  

While we mourn his loss, we also celebrate his life and incredible accomplishments. We are close to his ultimate goal of freeing hemp from its chains. The best tribute to Jack will be to continue working until hemp is free, once again. 


Eric Steenstra
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Jack Herer 1939 - 2010
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Jack Herer, Patron Saint of Global Cannabis Movement IN EULOGY
By Bonnie King
April 20, 2010

(SALEM, Ore.) - Jack Herer was born June 18th, 1939, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. In 1940 his family moved to Buffalo, where he was raised, the son of a collection agency manager. A "normal American nerd", he grew into a respectable young man, joining the military, getting married and starting a family.

And then, at age thirty, he completely changed direction, becoming one of the very first American Cannabis activists, and inevitably the most world renowned leader for hemp education.

Jack didn't start out as the "kind of guy" who smoked pot. He was a Goldwater Republican, in the sign maintenance business. In 1969, recently divorced, he was introduced to cannabis by a girlfriend. He wasn't much interested in it before then, and after briefly trying it a couple of times he was fairly sure it didn't "work on him". Jack was therefore naive to the euphoric or medicinal properties of the herb. When he decided to really give it a try, he said he had the most incredible sex of his life.

That inspired him to learn more. What he learned, he shared.

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