Herer exposed the criminal mercantilist roots of the prohibition of MJ, revealing the commercial potential of the Cannabis Hemp plant, with his landmark book "The Emperor Wears No Clothes".
His wiki article:
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 (aka, 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. He devoted his life to the support of cannabis, hemp and marijuana.
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 introduced to the Counterculture Hall of Fame at the 16th Cannabis Cup in recognition of his first book.
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. Herer mostly recovered, and claimed in May 2004 that treatment with the amanita muscaria, a psychoactive mushroom was the "secret".
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 is "waking up and gazing appropriately when someone is talking... but he is not really communicating in any way." He died aged 70 on April 15, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon, from complications related to the September 2009 heart attack.
The following is a video of Jack at that September 2009 Hempstalk shortly before his heart attack.
Here's a video trailer for "The Emperor Wears No Clothes"
Jack was into digging up the forgotten history of MJ; note the grey leaves in the following illustration available at his site: http://www.jackherer.com/
Here's the table of contents from Here's 'The Emperor Wears No Clothes'
The Emperor Wears No Clothes
This is the book that started the hemp revolution. More than 600,000 copies have been sold to date. The print version of The Emperor Wears No Clothes is available in Jack's Hemporium. Jack wants this information to be available to everyone, so he has published the text of the book here on the internet for free. This is only half of what is actually in the book. If you want all the source material and graphics, please buy a copy of the book.
By selling his books, tapes, c.d.s, and movies, Jack has been able to help support the hemp movement for the last 20 years.
SOME OF THE SOURCE MATERIALS IN THE BACK OF THE BOOK:
Reign of Law: A Tale of the Kentucky Hemp Fields, 1900
Movie review of "Hemp for Victory," 1988
Documentation of authenticity for "Hemp for Victory"
U.S. History entwined with Hemp; USDA Yearbooks
USDA Bulletin No. 404, 1916
American Midland Naturalist (excerpt)
HEMP, Farmer's Bulletin No. 1935, 1943
"Humorous Hemp Primer" German comic book
Isochanvre: Nature as Architect
"Making Fossils of Fossil Fuels" Utne Reader, 1991
"Reconsider Hemp," Pulp and Paper Magazine, 1991, 1993
"Marijuana Tax Act of 1937," House Hearings
The Hemperor's Classic Clip Collection, 1985-1998
"The Weed" (Gene Krupa) Time Magazine article, 1943
"From Test Tube to You," Popular Mechanics, 1939
American Peoples Encyclopedia (1953) DuPont history
"Pinch Hitters for Defense" Popular Mechanics, 1941
"Ford Tells of Stronger Cars" Popular Science, 1941
Science Newsletter, "Hemp Grown in U.S. as War Cuts Imports," "Marijuana Found Useful in Mental Ills"
"War Booms Hemp Industry," Newsweek, 1942
"Can We Have Rope Without Dope?" Popular Science, 1943
"Hemp Quota Cut," Business Week, 1944
"Hemp Slows Up," Business Week, 1944
"Army Study of Marihuana Smokers..." Newsweek, 1945
"Marijuana and Mentality," Newsweek, 1946
"Marihuana" (unattributed article), 1940
"Radioactivity: The New-Found Danger in Cigarettes," 1986
Diazepines (Valium): #1 in Abuse
Drug Charges, 1990
"Rather Fight Than Switch?" Whole Life Times, 1985
America, Russia, Hemp, and Napoleon, 1783-1812, Book, 1965
"Marihuana: New Tax Hits Potent Weed," Newsweek, 1937
"Marijuana More Dangerous Than Heroin or Cocaine," 1938
"Bush Intervenes on Tax," New York Times, 1982
"The Marijuana Conviction," The Birth of Prohibition, 1987
Ecology cover-story collage
Authorities Examine Pot Claims, 1989
Greenhouse Effect articles
"Urge Production of Dioxin-Free Paper from Hemp," 1990
Hemp for Fuel, 1989
Summaries of Research Papers on Hemp
"Authorities Examine Pot Claims," Athens News, 1989
"July Sets Record for Heat," Los Angeles Times, 1998
Cotton Vital Statistics, 1996
"How our Heads of State Got High," High Times, April 1980
"Iran Executes Over 30 Drug Traffickers," 1989
"Beatles High When Queen Decorated," National Enquirer, 1970
"Protect Youth Against Dope," Hearst clipping, c. 1935
"Paul's Pot-Bust Shocker," High Times, July 1980
Police States: Prohibition Through the Ages
Security Wrap-up: Drug Use, 1989
HR 4079 and Its Parellels with Nazi Germany
"U.S. Jails More People..." Bakersfield Californian, 1991
"The Chemistry of Reefer Madness," Omni, 1989
"Pro-Pot Police Teacher," Oklahoma City Times, 1975
"Teens Can Use Yet Not Abuse Drugs," c. 1986
"Herer Promotes Hemp Plant," Wall Street Journal, 1991
"Nancy Reagan Enlists John Paul II," c. 1982
"Court Gives CIA Power..." Oregonian, 1985
Doonesbury, by Garry Trudeau
"Voices for Legalization," High Times, 1990
"Why Drug War Cannot be Won," by George Soros, 1997
"Chemicals in Pot Cut Pain," Los Angeles Times, 1997
"Fat Solubility Scare - Nahas," High Times, April 1982
Trial by Jury: Cherished Heritage
"Collective Conscience Breeds Dutch Tolerance," 1989
DuPont Annual Report, 1937
Dana Beal's Coverage of DuPont Story
Seizure & Forfeiture Laws: Take Hands Off My Assets, 1989
Drug Legalization: Interest Rises in Prestigious Circles, 1989
Administrative Judge Urges Medicinal Use of Marijuana, 1988
Glaucoma and AIDS victims legal cannabis articles
"Science and the Citizen," Scientific American, 1990
"Response to Rosenthal," by Lynn Osburn, 1995
"Energy Farming," Chapter from Eco-Hemp, 1994
"Fighting the Police State," L.A. Times; Orange County Register, 1994
"Environmental Impact of Laws Against Marijuana," Orange County Register, 1994
"Hemp a Source of Energy," Albany Times-Union, August 1990
Letter from Tipper; Hemp Stamps
The Brawley Report, 1998
Various press reports, 1998
ALL SOURCE MATERIALS ARE IN THEIR ENTIRETY AND VERY READABLE AND MOSTLY IN THEIR ORIGINAL FORM, PICTURES INCLUDED.
(excerpt) from Chapter 10:
Church Sanctioned Legal Medicines
Virtually the only legal medical cures allowed the people of Western Europe by the Roman Catholic Church Fathers at this time were:
1. (a.) Wearing a bird mask for plague. (b.) Setting fractured bones or cleaning burns.
2. Bleeding pints and even quarts of blood from all flu, pneumonia or fever patients (victims) which was the most used treatment in Europe and America by doctors until the beginning of the 1900s. It does not work! And did not work no matter how much blood they took.
3. Praying to specific saints for a miraculous cure, e.g., St. Anthony for ergotism (poisoning), St. Odilla for blindness, St. Benedict for poison sufferers, and St. Vitus for comedians and epileptics.
4. Alcohol for a variety of problems.
In 1484, Pope Innocent VIII singled out cannabis healers and other herbalists, proclaiming hemp an unholy sacrament of the second and third types of Satanic mass. This persecution lasted for more than 150 years. Satanic knowledge and masses, according to the Medieval Church, came in three types:
•To summon or worship Satan;
•To have Witch’s knowledge (e.g., herbalists or chemists) of making, using or giving others any unguent or preparation including cannabis as medicine or as a spiritual sacrament;
•The Mass of the Travesty, which can be likened to “The Simpsons,” “In Living Color,” rap music, Mel Brooks, “Second City-TV,” “Monty Python,” or “Saturday Night Live” (Father Guido Sarducci-type group) doing irreverent, farcical or satirical take-offs on the dogmas, doctrines, indulgences, and rituals of the R.C.Ch. mass and/or its absolute beliefs.
Because medieval priest bureaucrats thought they were sometimes laughed at, ridiculed and scorned by those under their influence - often by the most learned monks, clerics and leading citizens - ingesting cannabis was proclaimed heretical and Satanic.
Despite this centuries-long attack by the most powerful political and religious force in Western civilization, hemp cultivation continued in Northern Europe, Africa and Asia. While the church persecuted cannabis users in Europe, the Spanish Conquistadors were busy planting hemp everywhere around the world to provide sails, rope, oakum, clothes, etc.
Yet, Hemp Endured
The sadistic Ottoman Empire conquered Egypt and, in the 16th century A.D., tried to outlaw cannabis - because Egyptian hemp growers along the Nile were leading tax revolts. The Turks complained that cannabis use caused Egyptians to laugh and be disrespectful to their Sultan and his representatives. In 1868, Egypt became the first modern(?) country to outlaw cannabis ingestion, followed in 1910 by white South Africa to punish and stop the blacks practicing their ancient Dagga cults and religions.
In Europe, hemp was widely used both industrially and medicinally, from the Black Sea (Crimean) to the British Isles, especially in Eastern Europe. The papal ban on cannabis medicines in the Holy Roman Empire in 1484 was quite unenforceable north of the Alps, and to this day the Romanians, Czechs, Hungarians and Russians dominate world cannabis agronomy.
In Ireland, already world famous for its cannabis linen, the Irish woman who wanted to know whom she would eventually marry was advised to seek revelation through cannabis.
Eventually, the hemp trades once again became so important to the empire builders who followed (in the Age of Discovery/Reason, the 14th to 18th centuries) that they were central to the intrigues and maneuverings of all the world’s great powers.
The Age of Enlightenment
The 18th century ushered in a new era of human thought and civilization. “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness!” declared the colonists in America. “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!” replied their French cousins. The concepts of modern constitutional government, which guaranteed human rights and separation of church and state, were unified into a policy designed to protect citizens from intolerant and arbitrary laws.
In his landmark essay, On Liberty, Ogden Livingston Mills, whose philosophy shaped our democracy, wrote that “Human liberty comprises, first, the inward domain of consciousness in the most comprehensive sense: liberty of thought and feeling, scientific, moral or theological, …liberty of tastes and pursuits.”
Mills asserted that this freedom of thought or of “mind” is the basis for all freedoms. Gentleman farmer Thomas Jefferson’s immortal words, “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man,” are engraved into the marble of his Memorial in Washington D.C.
Abraham Lincoln was an avowed enemy of prohibition. His wife was prescribed cannabis for her nerves after his assassination. Virtually every president from the mid- 19th century up until prohibition routinely used cannabis medicines (See Chapter 12: 19th century use).
Close acquaintances of John F. Kennedy, such as entertainers Morey Amsterdam and Eddie Gordon* say the president used cannabis regularly to control his back pain (before and during his term) and actually planned on legalizing “marijuana” during his second term - a plan cut short by his assassination in 1963.