NORML.ORG - NORML Remembers 'The Hemperor' Jack Herer

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  1. Washington, DC: Jack Herer, the noted author and activist who was known to marijuana law reformers world wide as 'The Hemperor,' died last Thursday as a result of complications stemming from a September heart attack. He was 70 years old.

    Herer had spent the better part of the past four decades advocating for the legalization of cannabis, particularly the non-psychoactive variety of the plant.

    He received worldwide recognition in the late 1980s and early 1990s for the publication of his seminal work, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, which sold over 600,000 copies — making it the most widely read marijuana law reform title ever published. The book's tagline, "How hemp can still save the world," introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the environmental and industrial uses of cannabis, which in turn re-launched the modern day hemp movement and global hemp industry. While researching his book, Herer unearthed a copy of the long-lost United States Department of Agriculture film, "Hemp for Victory," which documented the federal government's previous support for domestic hemp cultivation.

    Herer's dedication to cannabis activism was the subject of the 1999 film documentary, "The Emperor of Hemp." Shortly following the release of the film, Jack suffered a stroke, which temporarily limited his speech and mobility. However, by mid-2000 he appeared to have made almost a full recovery from his illness, a feat he credited to the power of hemp's therapeutic properties.

    Herer had just finished speaking at a marijuana-law reform event, The Portland Hempstalk, in September when he suffered his heart attack.

    NORML expresses its sincere condolences to the friends and family of Jack Herer.

    Information on memorial services for Jack Herer is available online at: http://www.jackherermedicalandmemorialfund.org/Site/Welcome_To.html.



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