Jack Herer

Jack Herer

Jack Herer
Born (1939-06-18)June 18, 1939
Buffalo NY,
United States
Died April 15, 2010(2010-04-15) (aged 70)
Eugene, Oregon,
United States
Other names "The Hemperor"
Occupation Global Cannabis Community Founding Father, Front Line Freedom Fighter
Religion The Most High
Website jackherer.com
Jack Herer and Dana Beal at the September 1989 Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Fest in Madison, Wisconsin.
Jack Herer in Washington, DC, 1989.

Jack Herer (; June 18, 1939 – April 15, 2010), sometimes called the "Emperor of Hemp", was an American

  • Official website of Jack Herer, maintained by Jeannie Herer
  • Erowid Jack Herer Vault
  • Jack Herer, Emperor of Hemp, Passes Away The 420 Times
  • full DocumentaryEmperor Of Hemp on YouTube

External links

  1. ^ "Erowid Jack Herer Vault". erowid.org. 
  2. ^ Snagfilms. "Watch "Emperor of Hemp" Full Documentary Online Free - Snagfilms". Snagfilms. 
  3. ^ "Jack Herer", Sensi Seeds
  4. ^ "History of the Cup", Steven Hager, High Times Cannabis Cup, September 23, 2004.
  5. ^ "Jack Herer suffers heart attack", Pete Brady, Cannabis Culture Magazine , July 20, 2000
  6. ^ "An Afternoon With Jack Herer", Sean Luse, The Free Press, May 23, 2004
  7. ^ The Emperor Wears No Clothes" Marijuana Author Jack Herer Collapses After Stage Appearance at Portland Hempstalk""". Cannabis Culture. 
  8. ^ "Jack Herer Strives To Recover As The Fight For Hemp Goes On", Bonnie King, Salem-news.com , October 13, 2009
  9. ^ "The Hemperor, Jack Herer has Died", Bonnie King, Salem-news.com , April 15, 2010
  10. ^ Saker, Anne (2010-04-15). "Jack Herer, father of marijuana legalization movement, dies at age 70 in Eugene".  
  11. ^ Dewey LH (1943). "Fiber production in the western hemisphere". United States Printing Office, Washington. p. 67. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  12. ^ a b http://www.hempfood.com/iha/iha01213.html
  13. ^ "Agriculture in the European Union, Statistical and Economic Information 2011, European Union Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, page 283" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-11-09. 


See also

  • "Cannabis Medicines Banned"
  • "Hemp For Victory Coverup"
  • The Emperor Wears No Clothes (1985, 1990) [and online edition, text only]
  • G.R.A.S.S.: Great Revolutionary American Standard System [with Al Emmanuel] (1973)


  • Herer claimed that millions of tons of hemp could be produced in the European Union. Hemp is legal crop in the European Union (if it has low % of THC and the farmer follow some other EU-rules) but hemp has not become the big commercial success that Herer anticipated. In 2010/2011, a total of 11 000 ha was cultivated with hemp in the EU, a decline compared with previous year.[13]
  • Herer claimed that hemp hurds, which make up 60 to 80% of the stem dry weight, contain 77% cellulose. Van der Werf argued that is wrong. Cellulose content of hemp hurds has been found to vary between 32 and 38% (Bedetti and Ciaralli 1976, van der Werf 1994). Possibly, Herer confused the hurds, which form the woody core of the hemp stem, with the bark, which forms the outer layer of the hemp stem. The bark contains the long bast fibers which are used in textile manufacturing.[12]
  • Herer claimed that hemp produces higher yields than other crops. Van der Werf argued that is simply wrong. Under most favorable growing conditions, other crops such as maize, sugar beet or potato produced similar dry matter yields. Fiber hemp is in no way exceptional in terms of weight yield. [12]

European experts on hemp, like Dr. Hayo M.G. van der Werf, author of the doctoral thesis Crop physiology of fibre hemp (1994), and Dr. Ivan Bûcsa criticized Herer for making unrealistic claims regarding the potential of hemp, compare L.H.Dewey(1943).[11]


He was discharged to another facility on October 13, 2009. Paul Stanford of The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation said "He is waking up and gazing appropriately when someone is talking... but he is not really communicating in any way."[8] He died aged 70 on April 15, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon, from complications related to the September 2009 heart attack.[9][10] Herer was buried at the Eden Memorial Park Cemetery in Mission Hills, California.

On September 12, 2009 Herer suffered another heart attack while backstage at the Hempstalk Festival in Portland, Oregon.[7]

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.[5] Herer mostly recovered, and claimed in May 2004 that treatment with the Amanita muscaria, a psychoactive mushroom, was the "secret".[6]

Health problems

He is survived by his wife Jeannie Herer, and his six children Barry, Daniel, Mark, River, Chanci, and B.J.

Herer ran for United States President twice, in 1988 (1,949 votes) and 1992 (3,875 votes) as the Grassroots Party candidate.

A specific strain of cannabis[3] 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 inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame at the 16th Cannabis Cup in recognition of his first book.[4]

He believed that the cannabis plant should be decriminalized and argued that it could be used as a renewable source of fuel, medicine, food, fiber and paper/pulp and that it can be grown in virtually any part of the world for medicinal as well as economical purposes. He further asserted that the U.S. government has been deliberately hiding the proof of this from their own citizens.

A former Goldwater Republican, Herer was a pro-cannabis and "hemp" activist. He wrote two books, The Emperor Wears No Clothes and Grass. There has also been a documentary made about his life called, "Emperor of Hemp," which was aired on PBS stations throughout the U.S. and was translated into French and Spanish. [2]



  • Biography 1
  • Health problems 2
  • Criticism 3
  • Works 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7