Jack Herer Beats Stroke: Outlook
By Paul DeRienzo
Doctors at the VA hospital in Portland, Oregon
are using the word "amazing" to describe Jack Herers miracle
recovery after suffering a stroke at the World Hemp Festival in Eugene
on July 15th. Herer, 61, the author of "The Emperor Wears
No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy
Against Marijuana and How Hemp Can Save the World!" was rushed to
the hospital after he appeared disoriented while speaking at the event
in Harrisburg. His wife Jeannie Herer reports that Jack is "doing
better every day." She says, "Jack has been getting better at
walking with the help of a cane," but re-learning speech is "frustrating."
Adding, "Jacks goal is to reach a point where folks can understand
50 percent of his speech."
Jack Herer is arguably the best known advocate of hemp and medical
marijuana in the United States. First published in the mid-80s "The
Emperor Wears No Clothes" reawakened public interest in the hidden
history of hemp, the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana that was widely
used in the US until the end of World War II. When the book was published
ABC 20/20 host Hugh Downs called it "The most talked about underground
book of the past decade."
Jack Herers journey to become the founder
of the modern hemp movement began in the early 70s with Californias
decriminalization of marijuana. Herer thanks his friend and mentor Captain
Ed, who together with Jack made a vow to never give up the struggle to
liberate marijuana until they turned 84, and then "they could still
continue the struggle." Although many believed that pot would soon
be legal, Herer and Captain Ed didnt trust politicians to get the
job done. They turned out to be right.
In the book "The Emperor Wears No Clothes"
Herer presents evidence that cannabis was made illegal as part of a conspiracy
to jail poor Mexican immigrants. The book asserts that hemp was banned
to allow the DuPont Chemical Corp. to replace the ancient fiber with their
newly developed product nylon.
Herer also maintains in his book that hemp is the
only natural resource "capable of providing the overall majority
of the worlds paper and textiles.. [and] energy needs while simultaneously
reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil, and cleaning the atmosphere."
Hes been offering a $100,000 reward for years to anyone who Herer
says can "prove us wrong."
Speaking about the health benefits of pot Herer
once wrote that "In fact, marijuana lowers your stress level and
lowers your body temperature. It actually seems that people live longer
if they use it. If you substitute marijuana for tobacco and alcohol, youll
add 24 years to your life." His insight turned out to be prophetic
because in 1998 the National Institute of Mental Health reported that
a chemical in marijuana might protect the brain from damage inflicted
from a stroke. Word has it that Jack is set to test the NIMH findings
as soon as possible.
Marijuana fans and activists everywhere fondly
wish our friend Jack Herer a speedy and complete recovery. Email letters
of support for Jack can be sent to
thanks his friend and mentor Captain Ed, who together with Jack
made a vow to never give up the struggle to liberate marijuana until
they turned 84, and then "they could still continue the struggle."
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