Jack Herer (1939-2010): Pioneers of Medical Cannabis

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Jack HererJack Herer died April 15, 2010. I got the news that day as I checked my emails between flights on the way to Rhode Island for the Patients Out of Time Conference. (Conference report below).

The whole day I saw friends of Jack react to the shock of the sad news. And of course, we ALL had a Jack Herer story to tell.

Dr. Frank Lucido’s Jack Herer story, short and sweet

I have a hemp suit made for my wedding in November, 1996, just 2 weeks after passage of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (“Prop 215” or California Health and Safety Code 11362.5).

The suit has lasted longer than the marriage, and I have often worn it at holiday parties, and especially at Ed Rosenthal’s Festivus Celebration each December.

I was aware of an old photo of Jack in a hemp suit, so was not totally surprised when, at my first Festivus, around 1998 or 1999, a young couple came up to me, and the man asked very respectfully: “Are you Jack Herer?” I told them that I was sorry to disappoint them, but that I was honored!

Years later, at a subsequent Festivus celebration, after I had gotten to know Jack a bit, I was sitting next to him, wearing my hemp suit, and got to tell Jack how honored I was to be mistaken for him at my first Festivus.

Jack’s Pledge

I just found my copy of the Eleventh Edition of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, 1998. It was a special all-hemp clothbound edition. #682 of 1000 copies. Jack had signed it for me:

4/19/02 – To Frank, Love & Hemp forever! Jack Herer

I didn’t know Jack well at that time, but I have seen him at least 1 or 2 times a year since then, and was always impressed by his dedication to the cause of legalizing marijuana. I just re-read the dedication of the book, and source of his dedication. He dedicated it to his friend Edwin “Captain Ed” M. Adair III – Born October 29, 1940; Died August 16, 1991 of Leukemia

Jack says of Captain Ed: “He taught many of us how to save the Earth from ourselves and to laugh at and yet love its enemies.” …Ed’s pledge that I took in 1974 and again in April 1980, 1986, and 1988, and finally in the hospital four days before he died in August 1991, was that we’d swear to work every day to legalize marijuana and get all pot prisoners out of jail, until we were dead, marijuana was legal, or we could quit when we turned 84. We wouldn’t have to quit, but we could….Captain Ed gave us and me hemp as one of mankind’s most honorable and most important saviors. I vow to continue the fight, and I ask my fellow Californians, all Americans, and the rest of the world to join us.”

Read the the complete dedication to Captain Ed

Read the complete electronic version of The Emperor Wears no Clothes by Jack Herer.

More about Jack:



Report on April 11 Dr Frank Lucido’s AIMLegal teaching event: Pioneers of Medical Cannabis – The Patient

This was held at the Berkeley Public Library, 2 blocks from office. We had good attendance, in spite of downpour 1 hour prior to start of event. Those attending got their many questions answered from some experts. Besides me, my other panelists were:

  • William Panzer, co-author of Prop 215, SB420, attorney Oakland California, and my attorney for Prop 215, SB 420 issues, and a good friend
  • Valerie Corral, founder of WAMM, WoMen’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana, co-author of Prop 215, SB420
  • Jim Squatter, activist, patient advocate, expert on history and intent of SB420, and co-author of Berkeley’s Measure JJ, which passed in 2008, making Berkeley the first city to create governmental body to regulate cannabis dispensaries.
  • Frank Lucido MD, Family Physician in Berkeley since 1979, Medical Cannabis Consultant since 1996, Expert Witness; Medical Cannabis, Medicine, and Ethics

I consider both Jim and Valerie experts on “collectives” and “not for profit”, by having lived it.

Report on Sixth National Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics

PATIENTS OUT OF TIME’s Sixth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics took place April 15-17, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island.

The conference, titled Cannabis: The Medicine Plant, explored the science and clinical efficacy of medical cannabis. Read more about the conference on the Patient’s Out of Time website.

This event is the BEST medical cannabis conference, put on every 2 years by Mary Lynn Mathre and Al Byrne, and should not be missed by physicians who want to be knowledgeable on medical cannabis!

Read Fred Gardner’s report of the Conference in Counterpunch.

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