Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 20 years, you’ve heard of a cannabis strain called Jack Herer. This legendary sativa strain is loved by so many because of its energizing, uplifting effects that it delivers. But do you know the man behind the flower? Read on to learn who Jack Herer was and how he was lucky enough to have a marijuana strain named after him!
Jack Herer is also known as the ‘Emperor of Hemp.’ or ‘The Hemperor’. He was born on June 18, 1939 in Buffalo, NY.
Herer worked in his early life as a glass pipe entrepreneur and opened his first head shop in 1973. He was a pro-cannabis and hemp activist. During his time as an activist, he believed that marijuana plants should be decriminalized. He had an idea that the plant could be used as a renewable source of medicine, food, fuel, and fiber. Herer also believed that it could be grown in any area of the world and be used for medicinal purposes. A controversial belief of his was that the U.S. government had known about the medicinal benefits, but had been hiding the evidence from their citizens.
Jack Herer even ran for president..twice. He entered the race as a candidate in the Grassroots Party. In 1988 he received 1,949 votes and in 1992 he was a bit more popular, receiving 3,875 votes.
In honor of his work, the sativa strain Jack Herer was named after this legendary man. The wildly popular strain has won various awards, including the 7th High Times Cannabis Cup.
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