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Hemp Guru Jack Herer's Condition Critical But Stable

Jack Herer is the author of "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" the best-selling cult classic that ignited the Hemp Revolution worldwide.

Jack Herer
Jack Herer photo by Tim King

(SALEM, Ore.) - As of this morning there was little change in his condition. He has not awakened, and is in stable but critical condition. On this, the seventh day since Jack Herer was struck down by a heart attack, he is still fighting for his life, but he's not fighting it alone.

His friends, family and followers number in the tens of thousands, and they're all holding strong that Jack will be back.

Jack has long been an advocate of the healing properties of the hemp plant. Last year, Jack told me that this miracle cure had changed his life. He showed me his legs, which had multiple small scars due to Diabetes. Hemp oil had healed his wounds.

The medicinal properties of hemp are not unknown, but in the United States, this discussion has been somewhat limited to "preaching to the choir", as the FDA has no interest in researching the plant.

Jack knows this all too well, and had delivered a passionate speech minutes before he fell ill, accentuating his belief in the power of the plant.

"We ask for every one to focus their energies toward spiritually connecting with Jack and telling him it's time to wake up," another friend said. "He's got a lot of things he's in the middle of, and we need him to wake up today, even for a brief moment, to show his loved ones that he's healing, and continuing to fight."

"If we all put our positive power toward this, of envisioning him well, it will happen."

Jack Herer is scheduled to go on a European tour with Rick Simpson, beginning in Prague, Czechoslovakia in November. Rick is from Nova Scotia, Canada, and alleges to be curing cancer with concentrated cannabis hemp oil (watch his video: "Run from the Cure"). Jack Herer did his research, used the oil himself, and gave it the thumbs up.

Last Saturday he told Dr. Leveque, "I haven't felt this good in years," and told his assistant Joy that he "felt like walking without help," another indicator that he was feeling well before his heart attack. He has been using Rick Simpson's oil for seventeen months.

Jack has looked forward to the world tour, as well as finishing the newest edition of "The Emperor", creating a hemp museum, and many other projects.

"We still need him here," says Seeva, another long time friend. "Please pray in unison with us, for Jack to wake up.

NOTE: To help with financial expenses, donations are accepted at all US Bank branches, make your deposit to: JACK HERER DONATION FUND. For more information, email

Want to know more? Watch the one-hour documentary, "Emperor of Hemp", to learn more about Jack Herer:

Featuring songs by Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Cheap Trick and others, "Emperor of Hemp" could change the world ... if the American public finally realizes "The Emperor Wears No Clothes." Executive Producer: Anita Roddick.

Bonnie King is one of the few media professionals who has extensive time in four relevant areas; radio, television, newspaper and Internet. She has been with since August '04, when she became Publisher. Bonnie has served in a number of positions in the broadcast industry; TV Production Manager at KVWB (Las Vegas WB) and Producer/Director for the TV series "Hot Wheels in Las Vegas", posts as TV Promotion Director for KYMA (NBC), and KFBT (Ind.), Asst. Marketing Director (SUPERSHOPPER MAGAZINE), Director/Co-Host (Coast Entertainment Show), Radio Promotion Director (KBCH/KCRF), and Newspapers In Education/Circulation Sales Manager (STATESMAN JOURNAL NEWSPAPER). Bonnie has a depth of understanding that reaches further than just behind the scenes, and that thoroughness is demonstrated in the perseverance to correctly present each story with the wit and wisdom necessary to compel and captivate viewers.

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jazzyjay October 22, 2009 6:28 am (Pacific time)

to all you supporters of jack im out here in connecticut i want you all to write to someone who can make a change in washington i dont know who that is but if you do write to them,tell them your sick of america forgetting about the veterans and the farmers who grew hemp for victory the us government used to love hemp and since 1938 they have loved chemicals all the way around. its all chemicals and money, no one has the right to deny a person from growing one of gods seeds yes i said god because you are still a fool if you do not believe in god,god is inside every one of us no matter what your religion or views. take it from me hemp will save not just america but the whole entire planet along with all other natural products chemials will have their day in the fire. people will die chaos will ensue but nature bats last my friends and the earth will be clean again from mans misery of selfish money laundering drug lords and oil bandits. A big "wake up" to jack ,get well soon ill pick up the fight as of today long time coming.... peace to all except the chemical manufacturers, to them i say: die already we have had enough of your cancer and disease we have had enough big brother ..........stupidity makes me so frustrated but never turning to violence, never.

Long time Jack friend October 7, 2009 7:24 pm (Pacific time)

I notice people are saying they're looking to Jack's websites for updates and such. Just so everyone Knows, Jack Does NOT handle any of "his" websites, his estranged wife Jeannie does.

Get Well Soon September 21, 2009 8:05 am (Pacific time)

There are a lot of people out here pulling for you, Jack -- hang in there. Thank you to the Salem News for keeping us posted. I check Jack's website 3 or 4 times a week for the interesting links he posts, and wondered why nothing had been posted for a week, came here and got the bad news... but now I know that I should be sending positive thought and prayers in Jack's direction. Stay Strong!

Suman Elizabeth Kirby September 21, 2009 2:07 am (Pacific time)

Thank you for continued coverage and updates on Jack's condition. I was with Jack when he went down backstage last week in Portland and am strengthened in the knowledge that many, many people are praying for Jack. Wake up, big guy! We miss ya!

mike @ the healing center montana September 20, 2009 7:09 pm (Pacific time)

I met jack at this year Seattle Hemp fest where we had a booth. I told jack that we were getting our hemp production lic. from Montana dept of ag this month. He was very happy to hear that and introduced me to some great people. Jack all of us in Montana are praying for your speedy recovery and we will not rest until we have hemp growing in Montana. Thanks to you Jack we CAN save this planet.You are an inspiration, a force that can not be stopped. From everyone at The Healing Center of Montana,wake up Jack we love you. Hemp the worlds best plant!

Suanne Martin September 20, 2009 6:37 pm (Pacific time)

I am writing from Nashville TN to say that Jack Herer is the single most important activist in the history of the cannabis hemp movement. It was my good fortune to meet Jack in the early eighties, and he signed my copy of the "Emperor". The inscription read, "Share the hemp info with everyone you meet." That was the beginning of serious activism for me. He has been such an inspiration and I have learned more from Jack than anyone in my life. I am devastated to hear of his illness and send my blessings to Jack and Jeannie, Mark, Chuck, and all other associates of Jack who's names are unknown to me. Jack, please wake up! You have so much more to do and we need your voice.

M&H September 20, 2009 6:11 pm (Pacific time)

Just to clarify--- That would be Knighthawk Protection in Washington. 9/20 Jack is still in a coma but sedation is being reduced at this time. Keep your prayers coming!!

blueberri September 20, 2009 9:10 am (Pacific time)

we love you jack get well soon

M&H September 19, 2009 10:26 pm (Pacific time)

We saw Jack tonight. His condition remains critical but stable. He remains in a coma.

We passed on everyone's loving thoughts, prayers, and positive messages to Jeannie and his kids.

Please note that we all owe a special thanks to the Emanuel staff for being so supportive of Jack's work and his special needs!!

Editor: Thank you very much for that information, we also want to extend credit to the Nighthawk Security people who hustled their asses along with the Hempstalk crew and everyone involved, to get that ambulance with Jack on its way.  Thank you again for the update. 

Aiko September 19, 2009 10:00 pm (Pacific time)

Thank you Salem-News. I can envision it.

Les Stark September 19, 2009 9:35 pm (Pacific time)

On the same day that Jack gave his speech and fell from his heart attack I gave a speech of my own at the Free Mary Jane Festival in York County, Pa. I talked about how Jack Herer's book influenced and inspired me to write my own book, Hempstone Heritage. I talked about how Jack said wherever there were major hemp producing towns in America there are town named after hemp and he mentioned early in his book about Hempfield Twp. in Lancaster County, Pa. Based on this fact, I began my long journey of discover as I uncovered the details of our local hemp industry. All because of Jack. I talked about how it has now been 16 years since I first read Jack's book and how it is time for change, in fact long overdue. Little did I realize that on the same day I made that speech Jack was also making a speech and had a heart attack. Get better, Jack. I will continue to pray for you.

Eve Lentz September 19, 2009 5:33 pm (Pacific time)

Dear Tim and Bonnie King, I was so glad, after the hell we went through with the news agencies reporting the "Jack is dead" crap, that you continue to be the only news source to print the confirmed, truthful information! Believe in miracles, and they will come! Wake up, Jack!

EssiacHempLaetrile September 19, 2009 4:33 pm (Pacific time)

Your a great man Jack Herer with the help of Rick Simpson's Cancer Cure Hemp Oil you will be out of the hospital in no time ... Google "EssiacHempLaetrile".

Miracle Herb September 19, 2009 4:06 pm (Pacific time)

(Now I have the right article)The Oil will Heal Jack,The Emperor will wake up!This is such a relief,I was an emotional wreck when I read it in the news.I've only known of Jack for a couple years now but I have learned so much in that short time.I used to watch Jack Herer TV and join in the chatroom,I miss those times.I know that he will wake up and he will see all his hard work pay off.Legalize Now!We Love You Jack and Jeannie!And Chuck too!

LAURENCE CHERNIAK September 19, 2009 2:53 pm (Pacific time)

Dear Bonnie King Thank you so very much for writing and posting your wonderfully kind and positive comments about Jack. Your efforts in displaying these truths are very special to many of us. Jack and I go back about 40 years to when he first started getting into the world of hemp. It has always been a joy to share and exchange visions with Jack. He very kindly accompanied me on our last tour, at this time in September, 3 years ago, through a great deal of Europe for approximately 3 weeks. We had a great time and Jack was so happy to be back on the hemp trail as were everyone who met with us while we were touring to promote each others books. We all thank you, from the bottom of our hearts for helping to bring Jack's message to the world. These messages are the culmination of so many other people's messages as well with regards to hemp and freedom, freedom to think for ourselves in a state of peacefulness. A state of peacefulness that once again, has many new tributaries in its continuance to survive and thrive, in the public eye, because of people like Jack and you.

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