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|Jack Herer has worked for decades for this community. Let’s show him what we can give back.|
Everyone is invited to a benefit event Friday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. at the Village Ballroom in Portland for hemp legend and author, Jack Herer.
The Village Ballroom is at 700 N.E. Dekum Street. Not so coincidentally, that means it is directly above the Oregon Cannabis Cafe, Oregon NORML’s spiffy new medical marijuana patient resource center that has received an avalanche of publicity since opening last month.
The Herer benefit is organized by The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF), and is co-sponsored by Oregon NORML and Texas-based Waco NORML.
“We are joining together to raise money for Jack Herer, who suffered a heart attack after delivering a passionate speech on stage at the Portland Hempstalk Festival this past September,” said THCF’s Paul Stanford.
Jack is recovering in Eugene, Ore., and making positive strides daily, according to Stanford. “He is a fighter and will surely overcome this obstacle to see the hemp plant restored to its rightful place in society,” Stanford told Toke of the Town.
Featured at the benefit will be the music of two bands, Pass Margo and Tim Pate & Friends, who are donating their time to support Jack and his work.
Jack traveled around the planet for decades, spreading the good news about industrial hemp and promoting his influential book on the subject, The Emperor Wears No Clothes. Herer wrote the first edition of the book in Portland in 1985, has a business there and lived there for several years.
Jack was the subject of a video biography, The Emperor of Hemp, which played on PBS and HBO.
Herer says that the hemp plant should be legalized 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. He further avers that the U.S. government deliberately hides the proof of hemp’s usefulness, in collusion with certain chemical and paper financial interests.