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Portland Media Group Releases False Report About Jack Herer's Death

Jack Herer is in critical but stable condition.
Author of "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" Jack Herer
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(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Friends of Jack Herer's are peeved over an alleged journalist with the Portland, who released an article Friday stating that the hemp icon had died. In reality, Jack continues fighting for his life in a Portland Hospital following a heart attack Saturday; the information was blatantly false.

I sure don't see this type of mistake very often, and I am not sure if there are actual reporters at this publication, or if it is a "citizen journalist" site where nobody is actually required to check facts. A simple call to the hospital perhaps?

We aren't sure who this "article" was written by, and we don't know for sure if it is just a vindictive reporter without the first clue, but that doesn't soften the blow the published false report had on the family and millions of fans of Jack Herer.

The idea of what happened is probably based in the fact that there are still plenty of people in the world who refuse to believe the science backing marijuana. It is called by some the best single medical treatment on earth, and it has never caused a single death.

There is no easy explanation for why their lowly skilled employee(s) jumped straight to the 'lie' button.

Lies and false propaganda are the last thing the anti-marijuana crusaders have left in their toolbox. They're like the Nazi's who continued to persecute Jews after the fall of the Third Reich. People become so accustomed to the falsehoods they live by, that they forget just what is what.

The people listed at this online publication need to do some housecleaning, because we will not forget any time soon what they did.

We know that people in the Portland area are calling for the firing of whoever submitted the non-researched article.

Here is a small quote from their article which has now been removed from its online slot, "Jack is dead; he and Jerry can say hello again ... Ken Kesey too ... three criminals, three lives wasted. Of course there's an endless list ..."

This was published as a legitimate news article. I don't see it as an editorial, though it is 1000% opinion driven in the first line.

I've written Oregon news nearly every day for the past five years, but I am not familiar with the Examiner. They list several hundred people as "examiners" and I get the idea that anyone can write for this group without any background. It is sad.

There is a place for "citizen journalists" but people who write actual articles about life and death and real news developments, should be skilled and trained before they are turned loose. This does nothing to build credibility for Internet reporters. Other stories about Jack Herer:

Supporters of Jack Herer Say They're Focusing on the PositiveTim King

Hemp Guru Jack Herer's Condition Critical But StableBonnie King

Jack Herer Continues to Fight for His Life -- Donation Fund FormedTim King

Marijuana Author Jack Herer Collapses After Stage Appearance at Portland Hempstalk (VIDEO)Tim King


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Fish September 26, 2009 9:11 am (Pacific time)

So that everyone is on the same page, I am posting the original article by Michael Stone stating Jack had passed.

Jack Herer, Emperor of Hemp, marijuana hero, dead
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According to a source close to the family, Jack Herer, much beloved Emperor of Hemp, is dead. The marijuana hero collapsed backstage on Saturday, September 15, at “Hempstalk 2009″ in Portland, Oregon. Herer had just given a fiery speech to the crowd on the future of hemp when he suffered a heart attack and a significant loss of oxygen. Herer died today, September 18, at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

Jack Herer was born June 18, 1939. A former Goldwater Republican, Herer became a political activist and the author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, a book which is now a classic polemic in the effort to decriminalize marijuana. Herer was perhaps the world’s most famous activist for the decriminalization of marijuana and the utilization of hemp.

Herer argued for the decriminalization and utilization of marijuana 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. Herer was one of the first to show that the U.S. government deliberately hides the proof of marijuana’s efficacy and utility. Herer devoted his life in support of cannabis, hemp and marijuana.

Herer suffered a stroke and heart attack in 2000 at another Oregon event. Although he had since recovered, the 70-year-old activist spoke with a stutter and walked with a limp. Just minutes before his speech, Herer looked fit and said, “I’m getting better and better and better. I’m healthier than I’ve been…”

Herer was a true American hero who spoke truth to power. He stood up for freedom while many others failed to do so. He will be missed.

We love you Jack.

Free the weed!
Source: Clarity Digital Group
Author: Michael Stone

Stone, you are the worst reporter I have ever seen.

Editor: CORRECTION: That is NOT the original article, this is the 'replacement' article.  Michael Stone didn't write the article in question at all, just the one you posted. John English wrote the  false "breaking news" story, much more rude and condescending than the above article relates.  In fact, English  the ass was celebrating Jack's supposed death by stating that he had joined "Jerry" (Garcia) and "Ken Kesey" .  The original, offensive article has been stripped from the Internet, that's how wrong it was. Who are you defending? By checking your IP, I see that you are the same person who under the name Tom, questioned the donation fund being estabished for Jack.  You also asked under the name "Steve Fischler" the question "Why did Dr. Leveque let him go w/out oxygen? He was right there next to him and he is a medical doctor. Just wondering???"  What I am wondering, is why you are using different names?  Also, had you been at the event, which you obviously were not, you would know that Dr. Leveque left hours before Jack got sick.  It would have been pretty hard for the doc to take a hands-on position from Molalla, Oregon.  You must really think he is a miracle worker.

LAURENCE CHERNIAK September 20, 2009 2:05 am (Pacific time)

Dear Tim King,

Dear Tim King, Many thanks to you and Bonnie King of for your kind and much valued attention to Jack’s situation.       Thanks also for using the word ‘peeved’ in the beginning of relating to how  “Friends of Jack Herer’s are .... because of “Portland Media Group Releases False Report About Jack Herer's Death.         Peeved certainly is the right word partly because of the following understandings and forgiveness.       As one of Jack’s first, oldest and most encouraging friends, (not only) in the world of Hemp (regardless of anything funny or weird that anyone, or even Jack says, especially to tease me) it behoves me to pay careful attention to the current situation considering how profound Jack’s and my relationship has always been.        We go a long back, about 40 years.        Well before, (when we were last (seems like just last month) touring Europe, in the late fabulous summer and early fall of 2006.        The countryside was waiting for us because I made a point of staying of the major highways as much as possible during all of that almost 5,000 miles tour, while Jack was my co-pilot.       Where we travelled through was resplendent with awesome colors and gorgeous sunsets. That tour’s purpose was to take lots of photos (of Jack with me and our mutual friends) for the numerous dedication pages, in the book dedicated to Jack; which is about to be published, in the next few weeks.        Jack is an integral part to a grand promotion of this 3rd edition (in English) of my first book, which, as is now mentioned, dedicated to Jack and two other very special people, my son Osiris and Paul McCartney who all share, on the 18th of June, their birthday.       JACK and I, for sure, during those three weeks, in Europe were very focused.  We were once again discussing our affecting the architecture and engineering of define a real structure to the word freedom. Another golden brick road resting on a rainbow, for as many people as possible to know that they too can make history in ways that more people should be able to ... that we ALL should be able to (and will) as (and) when we so choose. That is, especially, when contributing to the betterment of humanity now and for future generations. Concepts and theories which will filter on (into the higher times) that society will experience for millenniums to come. That is where we are now, on the threshold of inspiring and encouraging each other more and more, all the time, every second of every day = love).        Conversations like that, often went on for many hours, daily. Jack only sometimes thought I was (well you may know what a tease he can be).       In that book, actually 4 different languages this time, is a dedication to Jack (encompassing more than 32 pages. It will be no surprise when Jack sees it, upon his, soon to be recovery, but he will still be impressed with the art work which he loves. No one has ever done anything visually and textually, with so much cooperation from their community, like this, before and neither have I.        Deepest thanks should be mentioned to Ben Dronkers of Sensi Seeds who initially, was a major part of inspiring this form of a dedication and tour. It’s been a wonderful lesson for me.       In it, a great many of us proudly shout, from the roof-tops, to Jack Herer. Jack is featured (most prominently) like he so easily deserves. It is only one of the many limitless thanks, to come, from each of us for Jack’s loving devotion to our common visions on freedom.       Subsequent to that we have to find a way to..., even though I am sure you, Tim, actually, have (indeed) seen this type of mistake made often, maybe not under exactly the same cloak of exploitation and sensationalism but certainly under very similar types of brazen “ignoranus” behaviour. “Ignoranus” is a recently invented word by a Mensa genius.  (It is a word basically made up limiting its creator, to only change one letter. as anyone can see it means “someone who is stupid and an asshole (sometimes), = ignoranus.”       I urge everyone who is peeved to consider all this as a mere merde, (side theatre) revery, while Jack is in a very serious condition. I do know that from Jack’s point of view, when he comes into consciousness and learns about it, it will be very humorous to him.         Jack will pass it off like he often has with most people no matter how much he might blasphem them one minute, he invariably has leant to forgive them as we all evolve to doing eventually.        I can assure you, that those of us who know Jack, much like those who knew Mark Twain in his time, will laughingly smile with a wry grin, just as I see Jack doing so and loving it.        This will however probably be about Jack the cat’s 6th or 7th life and we all wish and many pray that it is not, indeed, his last.        While I see that the person who wrote the lie about Jack is now known in this forum, it doesn’t really matter who wrote the article because the initial start of the shock did not really get to set in. It did not precede a horrific tsunami. It was only a rumor and never materialized.      In a very short time, it quickly lost its momentum. Thanks to our internet’s technology, that rumor fizzled the raining of tears to fuel any such horrible, disastrous wave that none of us should be awash in, especially if it meant that Jack had been whirl-pooled away, out of sight, from us who love him and care about the pain he’s been in, while sacrificing so much, (of his time, more than anything else), for so many people who truly ‘need’ help and encouragement. I know this (since he and I have discussed these things for hours on end while we travelled so closely together, so often in the past and will again in the future, of this I am sure.          I am dancing to see Jack live and present him with many copies of this new edition of the book that he will be gracing with his special presence and many smiles especially when we are both signing them.       Yes, is sad, Tim, that there are vindictive people like that but, with the internet helping us all to be able to move into more disclosure and accountability it doesn’t take long (anymore - just like truth easily surfaced quickly about Jack still being here, alive and struggling as he often has before, in our world) to see who the frauds, scam artists, liars, cheats and ignoranus’ are.       Thank you again Tim for being so very sincere in your writings; knowing what it means to be a real jounalist especially from the photo and graphic points of view. Thank you for joining us in our support and loving wishes for Jack. Thank you, thank you, thank you.       Written from 1:30AM to 5:05 AM so please forgive any errors in sytax and spelling. 


Tim King: That is very kind of you Laurence, on behalf of all of us, thank you very much!

Mr. Left September 19, 2009 9:25 pm (Pacific time)

John English is the Portland Drug Examiner, he wrote the ugly crap about Jack being a criminal.

madmatt6773 September 19, 2009 9:22 pm (Pacific time)

The "author" of this "article"s name is John English, AKA Goebbels, facts only get in the way when John "writes" an article. John compares cannabis use to pedophilia, advocates imprisoning medical marijuane users, taking their drivers liscenses from them, and confiscating their home if they (under state law) legally grow their own medicine. Please pay this man a visit to see for yourself by going to and searching for John English.

Jack's Our Hero September 19, 2009 7:28 pm (Pacific time)

We are still sending you good vibes and positive thoughts Mr. Jack Herer..Hemp/Cannabis would be be in our lifes so easily..if it had not been for you..Thank You and God Bless You..wake up and Be well. ** EXAMINER i will NEVER READ YOUR CRAP EVER AGAIN**

john f. adams September 19, 2009 7:08 pm (Pacific time)

when i ran across the tweet that jack had passed, i was very hurt by it. i'm glad jack is alive and expect to see him in california next year. now i read what mr. english had said about three criminals. my friend jack is not a criminal, nor are those who have suffered injustices by persons with that type of mentality toward my friends, like jack herer, who studied and sought out truth and strived to teach and educate such as have been mis-informed by a mentality!

Tim King September 19, 2009 5:29 pm (Pacific time)

The page that initially stated that Jack was dead and started on an insulting rant, has been deleted and changed. Those who catch the current article are not seeing what we are writing about.

Tainted September 19, 2009 5:17 pm (Pacific time)

John English is the loser's name who published this fallacy.

Mickey Martin September 19, 2009 5:15 pm (Pacific time)

The report was published by a Drug Warrior named John English, who also was extremely disrespectful in the context of his article. UNACCEPTABLE!

Its A New Day September 19, 2009 4:46 pm (Pacific time)

I want to thank you and Bonnie, for keeping us posted. You have been reliable and truthful, and we do appreciate it. Thank You, from all of us.Linda Sturdivant

Miracle Herb September 19, 2009 3:49 pm (Pacific time)

The oil will Heal him,The Hemperor will wake up!!!Prayers and Positive Vibes is what he needs now!We Love You Jack and Jeannie.

Daniel Johnson September 19, 2009 3:32 pm (Pacific time)

When I do a web search, every once in a while I'll get a link to an Examiner story. I'm not impressed and hardly ever go to them

daniel Johnson September 19, 2009 3:24 pm (Pacific time)

As Mark Twain said: Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.

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