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Legalizing Weed: 4 Noteworthy Quotes from Jack Herer, Godfather of Pot Legalization Movement

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Nov 2015 07:44 PM

Jack Herer, author of the 1985 pro-marijuana book "The Emperor’s New Clothes," is one of the foremost figures of the legalizing weed movement. As one of the earliest advocates for the benefits of marijuana, Herer’s views live on even today.

Read on for four noteworthy quotes from the godfather of pot legalization.

1. “Our leaders are acting like lemmings. I want them to legalize hemp and start cleaning up our planet right now. I don't want to wait 20 or 50 years for something to be done about petrochemical pollution. And they have to let the people in jail for drug violations out of prison today! And pay them back for attorneys, for bail, for losing their jobs and their property! Everything must be restored!”
Jack Herer, in 1990 High Times magazine interview

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2. “In 1974-75, possession of under an ounce of hemp/pot was decriminalized in the state of California. Captain Ed was 33 years old and I was 34. 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.”
Jack Herer, July 15, 1998, discussing the pact he had with his longtime partner in advocacy, according to the Salem-News.com


3. “Cannabis extract medicines were produced by Eli Lilly, Parke-Davis, Tildens, Brothers Smith (Smith Brothers), Squibb and many other American and European companies and apothecaries. During all this time there was not one reported death from cannabis extract medicines, and virtually no abuse or mental disorders reported, except for first-time or novice-users occasionally becoming disoriented or overly introverted.”
Jack Herer, "The Emperor Has No Clothes," 1985, on the history of medicinal reason for legalizing weed


4. “Many artists and writers have used cannabis for creative stimulation, from the writers of the world’s religious masterpieces to our most irreverent satirists. These include Lewis Carroll and his hookah-smoking caterpillar in 'Alice in Wonderland,' plus Victor Hugo and Alexander Dumas; such jazz greats as Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Gene Krupa; and the pattern continues right up to modern-day artists and musicians.”

Jack Herer, "The Emperor Has No Clothes," 1985, on additional benefits of marijuana

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Jack Herer, author of the 1985 pro-marijuana book "The Emperor’s New Clothes," was one of the foremost figures of the legalizing weed movement. An early advocate for the benefits of marijuana, "the godfather of pot legalization" Jack Herer's convictions live on in these four noteworthy quotes.
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