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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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