This article is about the author and activist. For the cannabis strain, see Jack Herer (cannabis).

Jack Herer (June 18, 1939 – April 15, 2010) was an American cannabis activist and the author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, a book which has been used in efforts to decriminalize cannabis.

A former Goldwater Republican, Herer was a pro-cannabis (marijuana) and hemp activist. He wrote two books, the aforementioned The Emperor Wears No Clothes and Grass. There has also been a documentary made about his life called, The Emperor of Hemp. He 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 U.S. government deliberately hides the proof of this.

A specific strain of cannabis[1] 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 at the 16th Cannabis Cup in recognition of his first book.[2]

Herer ran for United 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.[3] Herer mostly recovered, and claimed in May 2004 that treatment with the amanita muscaria, a psychoactive mushroom was the "secret".[4]

On September 12, 2009 Herer suffered another heart attack while backstage at the Hempstalk Festival in Portland, Oregon.[5] 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. Paul Stanford of The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation said "He is waking up and gazing appropriately when someone is talking... but he is not really communicating in any way."[6] He died aged 70 on April 15, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon, from complications related to the September 2009 heart attack.[7] Herer was buried at the Eden Memorial Park Cemetery in Mission Hills, California.

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  1. "Jack Herer", Sensi Seeds
  2. "History of the Cup", Steven Hager, High Times Cannabis Cup, 23 September 2004.
  3. "Jack Herer suffers heart attack", Pete Brady, Cannabis Culture Magazine , 20 July 2000
  4. "An Afternoon With Jack Herer", Sean Luse, The Free Press, 23 May 2004
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  6. "Jack Herer Strives To Recover As The Fight For Hemp Goes On", Bonnie King, Salem-news.com , 13 October 2009
  7. "The Hemperor, Jack Herer has Died", Bonnie King, Salem-news.com , 15 April 2010

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