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Jack Herer
Born June 18, 1939 (1939-06-18) (age 70)
New York City, New York
United States
Occupation Cannabis activist

Jack Herer (born June 18, 1939, in New York City, New York) is 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 is now a pro-marijuana and hemp activist. He has written 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 believes 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 has devoted his life to the support of cannabis, hemp and marijuana.

A specific strain of cannabis[1] has been named after Jack Herer in honour of his work. The 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.[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 psychoactive mushroom amanita muscaria was the "secret".[4]

On September 12, 2009 it was reported on the internet, mostly by way of Twitter, Facebook, Blogs and .com, that Herer had suffered another heart attack, backstage at an event during the Hempstalk Festival in Portland, Oregon.[5] Contrary to web rumors that he had died, Herer spent nearly a month in critical condition in a Portland hospital, including several days in a medically induced coma. It was reported on October 13, 2009, that he had been discharged to another facility. He is "waking up and gazing appropriately when someone is talking... but he is not really communicating in any way."[6]


  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, , 13 October 2009

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