R.I.P. Jack Herer

According to the Bible, Moses led his people from Egypt to the Promised Land, but he himself was not allowed to enter. Though this story might be a myth or fable, there is a tremendous analogy to the life of Jack Herer.

When Jack first learned about the many uses of the cannabis plant (aside from recreational or medical), he wrote a book about the industrial use of hemp and marijuana throughout history, The Emperor Wears No Clothes. He then went on a 37-year book tour to promote the book, but more importantly, to promote hemp and marijuana. He said that since hemp had been made illegal due to its association with marijuana, in order for it to become re-legalized, marijuana had to be re-legalized as well. He was a tremendous proponent of marijuana for both recreational and medical use.

Jack lived to see part of his dream come true. Hemp, which had been counted out by our governments and the industrial titans, has made a comeback and is going strong. Every year, acreage, number and variety of uses increase. From superior horse-bedding to the finest fibers that can be used for industrial weaving, hemp has made a comeback. It is just too bad that Jack didn’t live till November 3rd, you know, the day after the California election, the day we pass Tax and Regulate, which is now on the ballot. Then, for the first time in his life, he would have been able to smoke a big fat joint legally, not just as a patient, but as a human being on planet earth.

…You know what he would have said while smoking that joint? In his gruff voice, he’d cough and say, “we have to get Obama to make this legal again!”