Monday, September 14, 2009
Jack Herer Is In The Hospital
It is difficult to find a hempster whose life has not been touched by Jack Herer. His book, THE EMPEROR WEARS NO CLOTHES is legendary. The USA Hemp Museum's founder and curator Richard M. Davis credits Jack Herer and Willie Nelson as his museum's inspiration, showcasing the work of both men in his HEMP FOR VICTORY book series.
Without a peep in mainstream media, social media like Twitter, Facebook and Youtube this weekend was the best source for news about 'what's up with Jack?'.
420 Magazine reports:
"Emperor of Hemp' Jack Herer Fighting For His Life After Heart Attack At Hempstalk
Noted activist and author Jack Herer, "The Emperor of Hemp," is fighting for his life after giving an impassioned speech at the Portland (OR) HempStalk festival Saturday, Sept 12. Herer left the stage and collapsed with an apparently serious heart attack, according to fellow activist Chris Conrad, who was one the scene."
"Ironically, Jack told our Doctor Phil Leveque, an old friend of his in the fight to legitimize and legalize marijuana, that he was feeling better Saturday than he had, "In...ten years."
Event staff came together quickly and called in the paramedic crew that treated Jack in the area backstage where he fell ill. Madeline Martinez, Executive Director of Oregon NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, says Jack didn't look like he felt well after the well received speech, and she told him he should get some water. Shortly after that he apparently collapsed where he was sitting, and the emergency crews were called in."
The blog Reality Checker reminds us that Jack Herer has come back from another health crisis.
"In July 2000, Herer suffered a minor heart attack and a major stroke, resulting in difficulties speaking and moving the right side of his body. He mostly recovered, and said in May 2004 that treatment with the psychoactive mushroom amanita muscaria was the secret."
Below is a piece from the USA Hemp Museum of Herer after his July, 2000 stroke speaking with passion at the late Sister Somayah's Los Angeles Million Marijuana March.
If anybody can come back from a massive heart attack, it's Jack Herer. Please, come back Jack.
For more on hemp please visit Jack Herer's site and the USA Hemp Museum .