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The Hemperor Jack Herer Shows Slight Progress in Oregon Hospital

If you thought Jack wasn't a fighter, then You don't know Jack!

Jack Herer signing autographs at Seattle's Hempfest, August 2009
Jack Herer signing autographs at Seattle's Hempfest, August 2009.
Photo by Eve Lentz

(SALEM, Ore.) - Jack Herer is the guy up front. The one you can hear from the back of the crowd. He's been the biggest voice in the advocacy movement for hemp and marijuana since the 70's. The book he wrote, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, has become the bible of the legalization revolution.

The "impassioned speech", as it has become known, that he gave at HempStalk in Portland has already risen to the top of speeches by Jack Herer, and some have said it was his most important. Some have said it will have been his last.

Well then, they don't know Jack. He's not the kind of guy to give up easily.

Two full weeks since he was struck down with a heart attack after leaving that very stage at Hempstalk, Jack Herer continues to fight.

With family and friends continually standing post at his bedside in Portland's Emanuel Hospital, any change for the better is celebrated. And lately, he's made some, slight improvements, and they take that as a message from Jack, that he's taking his time, but he's trying, he's fighting.

Paul Stanford, Executive Director of the THCF reported this yesterday, "I just left Jack Herer’s bedside at Portland’s Emanuel Hospital. While I was there, our mutual friend, Tim Pate, played his guitar and sang to him. Tim has been playing for Jack daily for the past week."

"On Tuesday, as Tim played, Jack’s eyes opened for the first time and there has been some progress since then. As I spoke to Jack, his eyes shifted and looked into mine. As Tim plays, Jack’s gaze shifts from watching the guitar strings and watching Tim singing gently."

This last week, Jack has moved his fingers, turned his head from side to side, stretched, yawned, and opened his eyes as Stanford noted.

"Given the circumstances, Jack’s recovery to this point is astounding. Last week, he was in a deep coma with little brain activity. I urge you to continue to pray and send positive energy and thoughts to Jack," added Paul Stanford.

Like others in this type of medical limbo, this is a game of "hurry up and wait" for family and friends. There is no prediction, no promise, no guarantee, but Jack Herer is showing signs he may be getting stronger.

"EEG testing has shown some progress this week," Stanford said, "but I am told there is permanent damage to his heart and brain. Jack is breathing with a respirator and remains in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit."

As Jack restfully listens to the tunes of Tim Pate, to the voice of his wife Jeannie, to the whispers and well wishes of friends far and near, perhaps the prayers and songs, all expressions of love, will be the healing agents that reach and bring back the Emperor.

If there's one thing that's true, Jack will decide what Jack will do, Jack always does. There's always been a method to his madness, and this will be no exception.

Jack's final words to the crowd that day on stage were, "I'll see you next time." Of that we can be sure.

In Jack we trust.

Do you want to help somehow? Jack’s wife, Jeannie Herer, has set up a fund at US Bank, the Jack Herer Fund. Please make a donation in person or by mail at any US Bank to the Jack Herer Fund.

Bonnie King 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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Jack's Our Hero October 17, 2009 9:42 am (Pacific time)

Jack we just wanted you to know that we are hoping that you are well soon. GET WELL Mr. Herer we all heart you!

Jack's Our Hero October 5, 2009 7:35 pm (Pacific time)

Hey Jack ... just want you to know that we are still thinking about you hoping like crazy that you get well soon!

kristi from the event... October 2, 2009 4:13 pm (Pacific time)

im sending u all the love and sunshine your way....its amazing what one person can do with love and support of many like minds...sunshine and smiles always

Sandi October 1, 2009 9:55 am (Pacific time)

Thanks to Salem-News for keeping up with Jack for us out here so far away. I'd offer up some $$ to support you if I could, I guess all these people are as poor as me cause we do appreciate your work. I saw you need advertisers so maybe pro-thc businesses will help yours. I'll drop my friends anote that I support you, its all I can do but I want you to know you're the only news people to show you care about Jack and that kind of heart is rare. Thank you!

Jack's Our Hero September 30, 2009 1:54 pm (Pacific time)

Mr.H...we just wanted you to know that we are still sending you healing thoughts and hoping that you get well soon!

DNA Genetics September 30, 2009 2:46 am (Pacific time)

thanks for keeping us up to date with Jacks info. our prayers go out to his family,friends and supporters. jack has been a positive figure in my life since i was a teen. much respect from amsterdam to all involved, DNA Genetics

Maria September 29, 2009 10:43 am (Pacific time)

Thanks for keeping the rest of us up-to-date, Bonnie. In Jack we trust...

Aiko September 28, 2009 3:22 pm (Pacific time)

Thanks for the story Salem-News!

Its A New Day September 28, 2009 2:07 pm (Pacific time)

First of all, thank you, for the news,finally, we hear something. And it is all because of you and Tim, Many blessings to you. This is sad news, but also good news. Jack is there,if he is looking at the gutiar strings.What a blessing. We must continue to pray with everything we have , that God will do his job, and bring OUR JACK BACK TO US WHERE HE BELONGS. I am so sad that Chuck has not been able to see him, they been rolling 24-7 for the last 2 years, and hearing Chucks voice, would be normal for Jack. I pray Chuck gets a visit, I really think it would help the both of them. I am praying for that too!!!!! Once again, Thank You, Sincerly,Linda sturdivant

Eve Lentz September 28, 2009 1:55 pm (Pacific time)

Well done, Bonnie!! This is the very first, totally positive vibe feeling, article written since Jacks' heart attack. I really feel the hope, the attention to the positive and as always, truthful sources. In the photo, you can see part of Chuck Jacobs (Jacks' assistant/caregiver/friend) by his side, working.

Anonymous September 28, 2009 1:06 pm (Pacific time)

Jack, Thanks for all your help! Hang in there! You've got a lot of love and support out here.

Jack's Our Hero September 28, 2009 8:39 am (Pacific time)

Thanks again ..Bonnie for the updates on Mr. Jack Herer..i check this site daily for your Jack updates..GET WELL MR. HERER!

Matt w/ PLANT-the-LAND September 27, 2009 9:35 pm (Pacific time)

Thanks Bonnie, you're the best, we appreciate the good news on his condition since Hempstalk. Sending positive energy and prayers for him daily. We love your articles Bonnie! keep up the good work!

kittybud420 September 27, 2009 8:37 pm (Pacific time)

Thank you Salem News for the updates on Jack. Tennessee is a far piece from Oregon, but no distance for the love and respect I feel for the man. I'm am constantly thinking of him and sending healing vibrations his way. Take your time Jack. So many love you- I know I admire you as my greatest hero!

G-2/3; September 27, 2009 7:49 pm (Pacific time)

I also noticed he's left handed,good man! I hope he comes back.

MarijuanaMom September 27, 2009 5:55 pm (Pacific time)

Salem News is the greatest. Thank you for keeping us updated around the world on Jack's condition. We are all pulling for him! Thank You

Storm Crow September 27, 2009 1:46 pm (Pacific time)

Thank you, Bonnie. News on Jack's condition has been scanty, but you always come through! (Just like Jack does!)

Miracle Herb September 27, 2009 12:33 pm (Pacific time)

Amen to that Bonnie,and oh so true.Thank you so much for keeping us informed on Jack's Progress,everyone at Salem news has been Wonderful!

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