Jack Herer Dead: Marijuana Advocate 'The Hemperor' Dies at 70
Jack Herer, Marijuana Advocate and Author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Died in Oregon Thursday
Jack Herer, the a marijuana advocate known as the Hemperor, died Thursday in Oregon.He was 70.
Wife Jeannie Herer wrote the following statement on her website:
"I'm sorry to say that Jack passed away this morning. Thank you all so much for the love and support you've given us.
When we have funeral arrangements, I will let you know. Thank you.
Jack Herer suffered a heart attack last September shortly after an appearance at the Portland HempStalk festival. Herer struggled with his health since.
Paul Stanford, Executive Director of The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, had this to say about the death of Jack Herer:
"No other single person has done more to educate people all across the world about industrial hemp and marijuana as Jack Herer. His book is translated into a dozen different languages, it's a bestseller in Germany," added Stanford.
Jack Herer's The Emporer Wears No Clothes
Herer was the author of The Emperor Wear No Clothes, a book that Herer's website claims "started the hemp revolution." He also ran for US president in the 1988 and 1992.
Jack Herer also worked as an advocate for the legalization of marijuana. He worked to change laws in several states and get hemp initiatives on ballots.
Herer's work has been memorialized in different ways. An award-winning strain of cannabis has been named after Jack Herer.
One website describes the Jack Herer strain as a "sublime blend of tropical Sativa high and monstrous Indica resin production captured in Jack Herer must be seen and sampled to be believed." Jack Herer was also named to the Counterculture Hall of Fame.