Jack Herer: Cannabis Hero
Rest in Peace
June 18, 1939 to April 15, 2010
The Cannabis Therapy Institute would like to send our best wishes
to the friends and family of Jack Herer, who passed away on April
15, 2010. Jack was the father of the modern hemp and cannabis relegalization
movement. He's the author of the book "The Emperor Wears No
Clothes", an expose of how cannabis prohibition was promoted
by powerful oil and timber interests, who saw cannabis hemp as competition
to petrochemicals. Jack taught the world the many uses of hemp,
as a food, fuel, fiber, plastic, paper, cloth, and medicine. Jack
taught the world that "marijuana" was a racist word, invented
in the 1920's to make people believe it was some new dangerous drug,
different from the cannabis and hemp used by doctors and farmers
for centuries. Jack taught the world that the first and second drafts
of the U.S. Constitution were printed on hemp paper, that the word
"canvas" comes from the word cannabis, that Thomas Jefferson
and George Washington were cannabis growers, and many, many other
facts that showed how rooted cannabis was in history before the
Reefer Madness campaign succeeded in
making it illegal.
His book inspired many people to become cannabis and hemp relegalization
activists. His research gave a solid weapon to use against the insanity
of prohibition and the war on cannabis, inspiring one of our mottos
"Fighting over 70 years of lies and misinformation with over
10,000 years of history and fact."
Jack was a visitor to Colorado several times. In 1992, he brought
a crew from California at his own expense to help gather signatures
on Colorado's first relegalization ballot initiative, the Cannabis
and Hemp Relegalization Act.
Jack would be appalled at the bills currently being promoted in
Colorado's legislature that seek to restrict patient access to medicine.
Jack worked hard for cannabis freedom and refused to compromise
on patient rights. His dedication to cannabis liberation made him
a hero to generations and an inspiration to all who knew him. He
will be missed greatly.
In a tribute to Jack, please buy a copy of "The Emperor Wears
No Clothes" and donate it to your local library or display
it in your business' waiting room. We can keep his legacy alive
by working together to help educate our friends and neighbors about
the history and uses of hemp, and by working tirelessly until every
Drug War prisoner has been returned home.
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