Jack Herer (1939-2010) was a prominent cannabis activist and author who played a significant role in the movement to decriminalize and legalize cannabis. He is best known for his book "The Emperor Wears No Clothes," which has become a seminal work on the history and benefits of hemp and cannabis.
Herer was born on June 18, 1939, in New York City, United States. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and later became involved in the cannabis movement. Inspired by his experiences and research, Herer dedicated himself to raising awareness about the benefits of hemp and advocating for its legalization.
"The Emperor Wears No Clothes," published in 1985, presents a comprehensive exploration of the history, uses, and potential of hemp, as well as an examination of the political and industrial forces that led to the prohibition of cannabis. The book delves into topics such as the medicinal properties of cannabis, the environmental benefits of hemp cultivation, and the economic potential of the plant.
Herer's work and activism had a profound impact on the cannabis community and helped shape the discourse surrounding cannabis legalization. His efforts helped lay the foundation for the advancements in cannabis legislation and the growing acceptance of its medicinal and industrial applications.
In recognition of his contributions, a popular cannabis strain was named after him, called "Jack Herer." Known for its uplifting and energizing effects, the Jack Herer strain has become a staple in the cannabis market.
Jack Herer passed away on April 15, 2010, leaving behind a lasting legacy as a champion for cannabis reform and an advocate for the potential benefits of hemp and cannabis in various aspects of society. His work continues to inspire and influence the cannabis movement to this day.