April 25, 2010

Jack Herer R.I.P.


Internationally known cannabis and hemp activist and author Jack Herer died of natural causes in Eugene Thursday, April 15. Few details are available at this time, but Herer, 70, had been seriously ill for the past year and had spent time in a nursing home before family and friends moved him into a private home where he spent his final days.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannie; two sons, Barry and Mark; and a daughter in Eugene, Chanci. The family is planning a service from 1 to 3 pm April 25 at Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills, Calif. See www.jackherer.com for updates on a possible local gathering in his memory.

Herer was featured several times on the cover of High Times magazine. He is author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana, a widely read exposé on government suppression of the benefits of both cannabis and hemp. The book has been updated several times and has served as a major reference for activists seeking to legalize cannabis. He also co-authored several other books on drugs and politics.

“Thank you everybody for all of your love and support throughout the years, especially these last few months,” wrote Jeannie Herer on the website. “Jack and I really felt it and appreciate it very much. The last few weeks, Jack has been home and in a very loving and healing environment. The people here in Eugene were incredibly supportive every step of the way. Jack really felt the love.”

Please feel free to contribute your memories of Jack Herer on our blog at blogs.eugeneweekly.com — Ted Taylor

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