Jack Herer, sometimes called the Emperor of Hemp, is an author and advocate for the hemp and marijuana movements. In 1970 he wrote one of the seminal books on the history of hemp and marijuana prohibition. Herer also founded and served as the director of an organization named HEMP (Help End Marijuana Prohibition).
A former Goldwater Republican, Herer is now an outspoken pro-marijuana and hemp activist. He believes that the hemp plant should be decriminalized because it has been shown to be a renewable source of fuel, food, and medicine, and can be grown in virtually any part of the world. He has devoted his life to the support of cannabis, hemp and marijuana. Jack Herer is also the name given to a specific strain of cannabis that is considered by many to be among the world’s finest (see Overgrow Strainguide).Herer ran for United States President twice, in 1988 and 1992 as the Grassroots Party candidate.
“If all fossil fuels and their derivatives, as well as trees for paper and construction were banned in order to save the planet, reverse the Greenhouse Effect and stop deforestation; Then there is only one known annually renewable natural resource that is capable of providing the overall majority of the world’s paper and textiles; meet all of the world’s transportation, industrial and home energy needs, while simultaneously reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil, and cleaning the atmosphere all at the same time. And that substance is—the same one that did it all before—Cannabis Hemp…Marijuana!”