Back in 2014 I proposed that April 20th be forever referred to as Jack Herer day going forward. It’s not something that I expect to catch on any time soon, but I think it’s a fitting honor for such an amazing activist. Someone once told me that they thought that Jack Herer was just a marijuana strain. I in no way condone violence, but it took just about everything I had in my body to not come out of my skin when I heard that. Needless to say, I educated the person very quickly, and thoroughly.
Jack Here of course is the author of the famed book The Emperor Wears No Clothes. He is also so much more. Jack Herer lived in Oregon for a number of years, and will always be revered in the hearts and minds of those that knew him. I only met him once, at a cannabis event in Oregon, and bought a pipe from him. He explained to me the importance of always keeping my pipe clean. He was so nice. I wish he was still around to see how far things have come. So in honor of Mr. Herer, HAPPY JACK HERER DAY! Here is a brief bio from JackHerer.Com, which is ran by the amazing Jeannie Herer:
Jack Herer was never an elected law-maker who could formally shape policy. Nor was he some billionaire who could buy influence. Yet his rare combination of brilliant intellect, endless curiosity, scholarly diligence and passionate people skills made him a force of nature whose impact is perhaps only just beginning to be truly felt.
All but complete Johnny-come-latelies to cannabis culture probably have some awareness of Jack “The Hemperor” Herer as perhaps the most influential figure in the modern legalization movement. Herer, who passed away in April, wrote 1985’s The Emperor Wears No Clothes, the book that ignited the campaign and remains its manifesto and devoted nearly four decades to tireless, charismatic activism. The man almost literally died trying to have hemp and marijuana legalized in America. Were it not for Herer’s work, we might not be enjoying decrim here in California (and elsewhere) or have seen nearly half the state’s voters give the nod to full legalization last month.