Global Marijuana March 2012: Worldwide Protests For Pot Legalization

By Jeremiah Vandermeer, Cannabis Culture – Tuesday, May 1 2012

CANNABIS CULTURE – The 2012 Global Marijuana March is Saturday, May 5! Join the world’s largest simultaneous pot protest in 153 confirmed cities around the world, or add your city to the list.

Every year, on the first Saturday in May – just after the other global stoner gathering, 4/20 – potheads and drug law reformers gather in cities around the world for the Global Marijuana March (GMM).

Meeting at strategic gathering locations, activists and weed-smokers hit the pavement and march through the city streets, leaving stunned passer-bys and, in many cities, a large cloud of aromatic marijuana smoke.

This year, there are at least 153 confirmed cities (as the time of publication of this article) on the website WeedWiki.

There may be many more unconfirmed cities who will also have protests – to see a larger (and somewhat out-of-date) collection of cities and info, view the Big List at

Started in New York in 1999 by legendary pot activist Dana Beal, the March has grown to include 738 cities from 64 different nations over the years, according to to WeedWiki. Beal has had a tough last year, fighting both legal and health issues.

Over the years, Beal and other activists like Marc Emery sent thousands of GMM posters around the world (the same ones published them in the pages of Cannabis Culture).

See coverage of GMM 2011 (and more) from CC.

In some locations, the March is held on days other than May 5, and is known by a number of other names including the Worldwide Marijuana March, Million Marijuana March, World Cannabis Day, Cannabis Liberation Day, Global Space Odyssey, Ganja Day, J Day, Million Blunts March and others.

Read more about the history of the Global Marijuana March.

The scope of the GMM is truly global, with participating cities in Africa, Asia, North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

See the list of cities in video form:

Vancouver and other Canadian cities including Montreal, London, and Victoria are on the list (and others – see list below).

Toronto’s Global Marijuana March has become the largest marijuana protest in the city, and has for the last five years been held simultaneously with the Toronto Freedom Festival (TFF). The TFF will not be held this year due to construction at its former location, Queen’s Park. (More information about Toronto and Vancouver GMM’s coming soon on CC)

Click here to go to the GMM 2012 Facebook page for links to more information and flyers, posters, and banners.

View the list of confirmed cities from WeedWiki below:

Global Marijuana March 2012 Confirmed Cities


South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa



Jakarta, Indonesia



Salzburg, Austria
Vienna, Austria


Antwerp, Belgium

Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic


Aarhus, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark


Bordeaux, France
Clermont-Ferrand, France
Lille, France
Lyon, France
Marseille, France
Paris, France
Reunion, France
Toulouse, France
Tours, France


Berlin, Germany
Frankfurt, Germany
Hanover, Germany
Potsdam, Germany


Athens, Greece


Cork, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland


Rome, Italy


Valletta, Malta


Bergen, Norway
Oslo, Norway
Stavanger, Norway
Trondheim, Norway


Poznan, Poland
Warsaw, Poland


Lisbon, Portugal
Porto, Portugal


Madrid, Spain


Bern, Switzerland

United Kingdom

Cardiff, Wales, UK



Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Nimbin, New South Wales, Australia

New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand
Christchurch, New Zealand
Dunedin, New Zealand
Hamilton, New Zealand
Hastings, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
New Plymouth, New Zealand



Bahia Blanca, Argentina
Bariloche, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
Cordoba, Argentina
El Bolson, Argentina
Formosa, Argentina
La Plata, Argentina
La Rioja, Argentina
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Mendoza, Argentina
Neuquen, Argentina
Posadas, Argentina
Resistencia, Argentina
Rio Grande, Argentina
Rosario, Argentina
Salta, Argentina
San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, Argentina
San Juan, Argentina
San Luis, Argentina
San Miguel, Tucuman, Argentina
San Pedro, Misiones, Argentina
San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina
Ushuaia, Argentina
Venado Tuerto, Argentina


Aracaju, Brazil
Atibaia, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Blumenau, Brazil
Brasilia, Brazil
Curitiba, Brazil
Diadema, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fortaleza, Brazil
Guarulhos, Brazil
Joao Pessoa, Brazil
Joinville, Brazil
Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Jundiai, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Manaus, Brazil
Natal, Brazil
Niteroi, Brazil
Patos, Brazil
Petropolis, Brazil
Presidente Prudente, Brazil
Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Uberlandia, Brazil
Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil


Antofagasta, Chile
Calama, Chile
Concepcion, Chile
Iquique, Chile
Santiago, Chile
Valdivia, Chile
Valparaiso, Chile


Bogota, Colombia
Cali, Colombia
Medellin, Colombia


Guayaquil, Ecuador


Lima, Peru
Florida, Uruguay
Fray Bentos, Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay
Nearby islands



Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
London, Ontario, Canada
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia,Canada
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

United States

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA
Oakland, California, USA
Sacramento, California, USA

Boulder, Colorado, USA

Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Key West, Florida, USA

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Boise, Idaho, USA

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Topeka, Kansas, USA
Wichita, Kansas, USA

Traverse City, Michigan, USA

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Kansas City, Missouri, USA
St Louis, Missouri, USA

Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Durham, New Hampshire, USA

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

New York City, New York, USA

Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Alva, Oklahoma, USA
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Eugene, Oregon, USA
Medford, Oregon, USA
Portland, Oregon, USA
Salem, Oregon, USA

Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA

Austin, Texas, USA
Dallas, Texas, USA

Spokane, Washington, USA




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*To set the International standard for medicinal Cannabis.
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The 2010 Seattle Hempfest in Honor of Jack Herer

Bulletin from the cause: Re-Legalize Marijuana Self-Cultivation Without Taxation (Like Beer)

Go to Cause

Posted By: Bruce Cain

To: Members in Re-Legalize Marijuana Self-Cultivation Without Taxation (Like Beer)

The 2010 Seattle Hempfest in Honor of Jack Herer

Please note that many of the early reference to Prop215 should actually reference Prop19. But I had no chance to re-edit and the Hempfest begins tomorrow.
The 2010 Seattle Hempfest has dedicated itself the memory of Jack Herer: by all counts the most influential activist in the Re-Legalization Movement. What I don’t understand is how so many of the speakers are supporters of Oaksterdam’s Prop19. Jack was vehemently opposed to Prop19 which is why he was promoting his own initiative for California: CCHH.
I, and many other activists, believe that Prop19 will eliminate or minimize an adults right to grow Marijuana. Furthermore we believe that it will destroy much of Prop215 which currently allows some caregivers to grow as many as 99 plants, in some counties.
We feel that Prop19 needs to go down in flames this November. The only people that will profit from Prop19 are people like Richard Lee and the few millionaires that can afford to secure a "Mega Grow" facility. On top of that we believe Richard Lee’s plan, all along, has been to marginalize or eliminate the home grower.
Here are some links that expand and support the claims that I have made in this hastily produced video. I did it quickly in hopes that the people at the Seattle Hempfest might view it and send a message to any of the speakers that dare to continue to support Prop19:
Dragonfly Is Correct About Prop. 19’s Impact on Patients
Toke It Easy, Man: More on Proposition 19
Saturday, August 14th, 2010
The Marijuana Re-Legalization Policy Project (MRPP) = "MERP"

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The 2010 Seattle Hempfest in Honor of Jack Herer

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What Prohibition Can Teach Us About Marijuana Legalization — and Other Tales From Last Call Author Daniel Okrent



Last week, we solicited your questions for Daniel Okrent, the author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.  He has answered your questions with gusto. Big thanks to Okrent and all of you for turning in another great Q&A.


As an ardent believer in the legalization of marijuana, as well as most other currently illegal drugs, I’d be curious to know if you find any corollaries between the current ‘War on Drugs’ (which we’re losing and will continue to waste time and money on) and prohibition? – Mark Clark


The obvious parallel between Prohibition and the war on drugs is their shared futility, establishing that you just can’t legislate against human appetites. There’s also the consequent enrichment of those who would try to satisfy those appetites outside the law: the bootleggers of the 1920’s and the drug syndicates of today.

But the common aspect that suggests, to me, that our drug laws will be changing radically over the next few years is the government’s inability to derive revenue from the sale of liquor then, drugs today. No factor played a larger role in the repeal of Prohibition than the government’s desperate need for revenue as the country fell into the grip of the Depression. Before Prohibition’s advent, a substantial amount of federal revenue came from the excise tax on alcohol. As the collection of income taxes and capital gains taxes plummeted between 1930 and 1933, politicians realized that the return of liquor and beer could help shore up federal finances. In fact, in the first post-repeal year, 1934, fully nine percent of federal revenue came from the revived alcohol tax.

In today’s political climate, where no one seems to be willing to raise income-tax rates, both state and federal governments are turning increasingly to excise taxes, use taxes and other levies that could easily be applied to marijuana. Californians will be voting on such a measure — it’s actually called the “Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act” – this November.


Why did it require a constitutional amendment to prohibit the sale of alcohol but prohibitions against other drugs — marijuana, e.g. — require no special amendments? — Jim S


In the era before the Constitution’s commerce clause had established itself as the lever enabling Congress to enact laws that might have appeared to infringe on state prerogatives, a Constitutional amendment was the one sure-fire way to impose national standards on the citizens of every state.

But even more than that, a Constitutional amendment was seen as an impregnable fortress. Laws were changed all the time, but no Constitutional amendment had ever been repealed: simple majorities in both houses of Congress could change or revoke a law, but a Constitutional amendment required two-thirds majorities in each house, plus the concurrence of three-quarters of the state legislatures. Prohibition advocates (and opponents, too) believed that a Constitutional amendment would last forever. In the words of the Prohibition amendment’s primary sponsor, Sen. Morris Sheppard, “There is as much chance of repealing the Eighteenth Amendment as there is for a hummingbird to fly to the planet Mars with the Washington Monument tied to its tail.”

Sheppard said that in 1930. It’s a measure of how badly Prohibition had failed that the Twenty-First Amendment – the repeal amendment – was ratified just three years later.


I’ve heard that Prohibition actually increased American drinking. Do you have any statistics on average alcohol consumption before, during and after Prohibition? — Luke


You’ve heard wrong, Luke: one of the very few positive consequences of Prohibition was the reduction in drinking. There was a very steep reduction immediately after it went into effect, but even the ensuing years of speakeasies, bathtub gin, cross-border smuggling, and every other manner of law-breaking did not bring drinking back to pre-Prohibition levels. At the end of Prohibition, Americans were consuming approximately 70 percent as much alcohol as they had in 1914. (Demographic historians use that as a base year, as many states began to pass sharply restrictive liquor laws around that time.)

In fact, it wasn’t until 1973 that we returned to pre-Prohibition levels of alcohol consumption, and only a few years later the per capita consumption figure began to decline again. Even now, we’re only inching our way back to the 1914 high-water mark. (Or maybe I should call it the “high-alcohol mark”!)

One figure we’ll never reach again: the 7.5 gallons of absolute alcohol the average American drank in 1830 – the equivalent of 90 fifths of 80-proof liquor, or nearly three times as much as we consume today.


Here in California we have a proposition on the fall ballot to legalize marijuana. A lot of people are hoping that if marijuana is legalized, the gangs that currently profit from it will become less powerful. Is that a reasonable expectation based on what you know about what happened when Prohibition was repealed? — PaulD

Whenever I hear “legalize everything” arguments about today’s prohibited drugs, I always start wondering what the traffickers would do next. After all, criminals generally don’t have pension plans and can’t afford to retire early. Can the Prohibition era teach us anything here? As you mention, it helped get organized crime established in the U.S., but after it was repealed, how many of the smaller crooks decided to go straight? How many moved on to other criminal endeavors? — Ian Kemmish


Today, there is no more visible consequence of Prohibition than the empires built by the mobsters who dominated the bootlegging business. No wonder — not only did they sell their goods at handsome prices, but none of their income was subject to income tax (at least not until Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion in 1931). Money like that must find an outlet.

Some went straight: the Bronfmans, who controlled Seagram’s, used the production facilities, distribution relationships and brand recognition they had built during Prohibition to become one of North America’s wealthiest families, dominating the distilling industry. Others stayed crooked: the national crime syndicate that reigned for decades after repeal was the product of inter-city peace pacts and cooperation agreements forged at two conferences – one in Atlantic City, the other in Chicago – during Prohibition.

And some took a middle path. In the years after Prohibition, culminating in a major effort after World War II, one-time bootleggers from eight different states east of the Mississippi decided to look west in an effort to find a way not just to preserve their fortunes, but also to enhance them. Their solution: they invented Las Vegas.


What do you think of the theory that prohibition was engineered by Standard Oil in order to get Henry Ford to abandon ethanol as the chief fuel of his Model-T? — L. F. File


Not to be too harsh about it, but there is absolutely no evidence to support this theory. In fact, if there was a single industrialist more committed to Prohibition than John D. Rockefeller, it was Henry Ford himself, who supported it vocally, determinedly and unflinchingly right to the end.


How much of our “aghastness” at Prohibition is based on fact? To hear most people talk, not a single good thing came of it. Yet I have heard anecdotal evidence that things such as domestic violence and other, often alcohol-related, issues fell off significantly.
Very simply, what is the good news from Prohibition? Was there really any good that came of it, or was it all a misshapen mess to from beginning to end? — AaronS


In addition to the reduction in drinking (see my answer to Luke’s question, above), there were a few other ancillary benefits, depending on your point of view. If you’re a believer in federal law enforcement, you can trace many of our post-repeal national criminal laws back to examples established during Prohibition. If you think Roe v. Wade was a wise decision, you can be grateful for Justice Brandeis’s dissent in a famous Prohibition case, Olmstead v. United States, where he wrote about the citizen’s “right to be let alone” – words cited by Justice Stewart in Roe.

My own favorite legacy of Prohibition is co-ed drinking. In the pre-Prohibition era, the saloon was a male-only institution. Speakeasies ushered in a change in social mores that had men and women drinking together in public for the first time, which in turn brought about music in bars – the birth of the nightclub.

In the largest sense, though, I’d say that Prohibition’s most positive legacy is how it tells us that prohibitions on individual behavior generally don’t work.


“Progressive” is a concept that’s been attacked by some, notably Mr. Glenn Beck. Do you consider Prohibition to have been a Progressive initiative? — Bill Harshaw


It wasn’t initiated by progressives, but Prohibition was certainly supported by them, in large numbers; 16 of the Progressive Party’s 17 members of Congress who voted on the Eighteenth Amendment voted in favor of it. The progressive view of the responsibility of government to improve the lives of citizens motivated the support for Prohibition expressed by such figures as social worker Jane Addams and journalist William Allen White. Modern conservatives would call this an expression of the nanny state; liberals would call it an expression of social conscience (even if a misguided one).


It has been said that Prohibition in the U.S. would not have come about but for the efforts of the women’s movement, but how critical were women to the repeal of prohibition? — Seano


Absolutely essential. When the prominent socialite and Republican Party figure Pauline Morton Sabin came out against Prohibition in 1929, the repeal movement began to pick up support. Traveling to various cities with other socially prominent, wealthy women with whom she had formed the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform, Sabin drew huge female crowds. Her example established that it was respectable for women to oppose Prohibition.

Sabin was an extraordinary woman and probably my favorite character among all the people I write about in Last Call. She was honest, forthright, fearless and willing to change her mind – qualities all too absent in our public life today.

Tea Partiers aren’t alone: 11 Political Parties You’ve Never Heard Of

The U.S. Marijuana Party!

The Tea Party groups are at it again, this time rallying by a middle of nowhere Arizona-Mexico border in order to support of Arizona’s immigration law. Seems like these guys can’t stay out of the news . They just keep nominating people for Congress, and experts think that they might actually win some races. Is this the start of a new political party? Well third parties tend to come and go, you just never hear about them. Here’s our list of political parties you’ve never heard of.

  1. Students Rights Party – This party believes that lowering the voting age is a smart idea. Their philosophy 25% of the U.S. population is under 18, so why should they not get a voice in government.
  2. U.S. Marijuana Party
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As you have probably guessed, this party wants to legalize the use and sale of marijuana. The party was started in 2002.

U.S. Marijuana Party on Wikipedia

  1. U.S. Pacifist Party – The main belief of this third party is to reach a military budget of zero. This is similar to the Costa Rican system of virtually no army.
  2. Pansexual Peace Party – The PPP believes that peace is achievable through the glorification of creativity, freedom and sex. They are a small group of strongly opinionated men and woman.
  3. American Third Position Party – This party was founded in 2010 on the basis of white nationalism. They have very strong views on labor laws and policy.
  4. Reform Party – What do you do when no one wants you? Form your own party! Billionaire Ross Perot founded this party so that he could run for President of the United States in 1996.
  5. The Personal Choice Party – This party is founded on the philosophy, “live and let live.” They believe that as long as you are not harming anybody else, you the right to do what ever you want with your money, time and honor.
  6. Youth International Party – The goal of this party is to make America an anarchist state and to cause as much chaos as possible. They try to get as much media attention as possible by doing things like starting a riot in grand central station or nomination a pig for president. Abbie Hoffman founded the party in 1968.
  7. Libertarian National Socialist Green Party – This is a modern Nazi party that is the very opposite of the Nazi party. They believe in anti-discrimination, equal rights and cleaning up the environment.
  8. The Guns and Dope Party – This party was formed in the hope that gun and dope enthusiasts would band together to execute a “tsarist takeover”. Their motto is, “Like what you like, enjoy what you enjoy, don’t be afraid to make slurping sounds, and don’t take crap from anybody.”
  9. Party X – This party is not actually a political party at all, they, “Stand by American interest and the American people.” They are against almost everything about modern government but have no real agenda about how to fix these “Problems.”

The Boston Tea Party started like these parties. It was formed after breaking off from the libertarian party in 2006. They are one of the more radical versions of the tea party groups in the news. They believe in relentless shrinking of government at all levels. As time passes, will the Tea Party shrink too?

What can you do?

The legacy of the tea partiers is up to you. Primary elections are just around the corner, so register your neighborhood for the upcoming elections.

The U.S. Marijuana Party!

AKA Jorge Cervantes


To hear him described, you may think he’s “the most interesting man in the world” from those Dos Equis beer ads.  And, maybe he is: world traveler, internationally-renowned publisher and author, botanist, raconteur, lightning-rod for controversy and — to some degree — man of mystery.

What the man known as Jorge Cervantes shares with nearly every pot-smoking American is this: a life somewhat divided, out of necessity, between reality and protective myth.

This much is true.  For nearly 30 years, Cervantes has been public about his love of cannabis and has been responsible for spreading the secrets of successful marijuana cultivation to thousands of growers around the globe.  In 1983, he penned Indoor Marijuana Horticulture:  The Marijuana Grower’s Bible, which has since spawned a cottage industry of books and instructional DVDs.  For this, he became infamous to law enforcement and a hero to pot enthusiasts.  But the admiration isn’t something he wears easily.

‘Prince of Pot’ pleads guilty to federal charge

By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN May 25, 2010 10:15 a.m. EDT

After years of legal wrangling, "prince of pot" Marc Emery is pleading guilty to a U.S. distribution conspiracy charge.


  • NEW: Canadian marijuana activist Marc Emery pleads guilty to U.S. charge
  • Under terms of a plea deal, he faces up to five years in a U.S. prison
  • Co-defendants were sentenced to probation in Canada
  • Emery says he’ll go to prison to prove a point: that marijuana laws are unjust

(CNN) — A man known as Canada’s "prince of pot" pleaded guilty Monday in a deal with prosecutors that could send him to prison in the United States for five years.

Marijuana activist Marc Emery pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington, to a single count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana following an 18-month investigation into the seed-selling business Emery operated from his head shop in Vancouver, British Columbia.

U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez scheduled Emery’s sentencing August 11. At that time, the judge has the choice of accepting or rejecting the plea agreement, said Emery’s Seattle-based attorney, Richard Troberman.

"Based on comments the court has made. I have every reason to believe he will follow the plea agreement," Troberman told CNN.

Emery, 52, was brought to the United States last week. Canada’s justice minister signed an extradition order May 10 that left the outspoken libertarian with little choice after years of fighting extradition.

"Marc has never been afraid to face the music," said Emery’s wife, Jodie. "He’s spent most of his life breaking laws he considers unjust to demonstrate they’re unjust. He’ll go to jail to prove how absurd our drug laws are."

The plea comes nearly five years after Emery was arrested in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he says he was the guest speaker at the Maritimers Unite for Medical Marijuana festival. He was accused of selling marijuana seeds to customers in the United States.

The same day, Emery wrote on his website, DEA agents raided his head shop in downtown Vancouver, where he sold bongs, pipes and books. He also produced the magazine Cannabis Culture and ran an Internet portal, Pot-TV.

He’ll go to jail to prove how absurd our drug laws are.
–Jodie Emery, defendant’s wife

The head shop was the headquarters of Emery Direct Seeds, the target of the DEA’s 18-month undercover investigation. During the investigation, according to court documents, agents bought seeds from Emery’s business over the internet and in person.

Investigators also traced his product to illegal growing operations in several states, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a July 2005 news release.

A statement issued by the DEA in 2005 after Emery’s arrest suggested that he was targeted for his activism, with DEA Administrator Karen Tandy touting his capture as a "significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the United States and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement."

Tandy described Emery as one of 46 of the U.S. attorney general’s most wanted international drug traffickers and the only one from Canada, with his "marijuana trade and propagandist marijuana magazine" generating nearly $5 million in profits.

Emery and two of his employees were each charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana seeds and conspiracy to lauder money, charges that carry penalties of 10 years to life in prison. After years of legal wrangling with Canadian and U.S. authorities, Emery reached the plea deal on the lesser charge, Troberman said.

Co-defendants Gregory Williams and Michelle Rainey-Fenkarek entered pleas this year to lesser offenses and were placed on probation in Canada, according to court documents. They were never brought to the United States.

This prosecution has to do with his criminal activities and has nothing to do with his political activism.
–Emily Langlie, U.S. Attorney’s Office

Tandy stepped down as DEA administrator in 2007, and U.S. authorities seem to have backed down from her 2005 hard-line stance. The news release can no longer be found on the Department of Justice website, and the DEA referred calls to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.

"This prosecution has to do with his criminal activities and has nothing to do with his political activism," said Emily Langlie, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Langlie added that she could not comment on the 2005 DEA statement.

Emery summed up his raison d’etre in a lengthy article published in Cannabis Culture and online after his arrest. He described his thoughts at the moment he was handcuffed: "Every seed sold, all the millions of dollars I had given to the cause, every speech to free our people, every arrest, jailing and raid I had endured: it was all for this moment in time."

iReport: "Prince of Pot" speaks

Much like in the United States, distribution and trafficking carry heavier punishments: a maximum of seven years for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for conspiracy to traffic in marijuana, according to a spokeswoman for Department of Justice Canada.

In practice, Canadian judges rarely mete out sentences longer than two years plus fines, based on a policy of judicial guidance that calls for incarceration as the last resort, according to several criminal defense lawyers and drug policy experts.

"Sentences typically don’t reach the mandatory minimums that are in place in U.S. federal system," Vancouver defense lawyer Kirk Tousaw said. He is Emery’s legal counsel in Canada, a contributor to his magazine and attorney for his co-defendants.

It was the U.S. who stepped in and put pressure on Canada.
–Richard Trouberman, U.S. defense attorney


Extradition to the United States, however, is commonplace in cases of Canadians accused of selling or smuggling drugs in the United States, said Troberman, Emery’s Seattle-based attorney. He has represented many Canadians in the United States.

"The only thing that makes this case somewhat unusual is that Marc was very visible and open about everything he did, and the Canadians had no interest in prosecuting him," Troberman said. "It was the U.S. who stepped in and put pressure on Canada."

Emery is the founder of the British Columbia Marijuana Party, and his status in Canada as a tireless champion for marijuana reform has been cemented through more than a decade of sit-ins, demonstrations and runs for political office. By his own account, he has been arrested at least a dozen times since 1995 related to his activism, and Vancouver Police have raided his shop several times since it opened in 1994.

In media interviews and biographies posted on, Emery claims to have been fined twice for selling seeds and says he has spent three months in a Saskatchewan jail after being caught passing a joint in public.

"Some people will say he pushed it too far, but that’s his approach. He’s the enforcer on a hockey team. He makes everyone else look polite," said Eugene Oscapella, a founding member of the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy, which shares many of Emery’s goals but pursues them through public education and legislative efforts.

To Oscapella and others familiar with Emery, the trajectory of his activism made martyrdom in a U.S. prison the next natural step.

"He did this on purpose. He did it knowing the potential consequences," Oscapella said of Emery’s Direct Seeds. "Emery has always stuck his neck out. He’s a civil libertarian, almost an anarchist, so it’s very much his character to thumb his nose at U.S. drug policies."

iReport: Emery’s wife speaks on his extradition

People familiar with the case said Emery’s fate was sealed when the current conservative Canadian government came into power touting a law and order agenda that included vows to bring in mandatory minimum laws for certain drug offenses.

From behind bars, Emery continues to guide the movement with the help of his wife, Jodie, and legions of supporters. He plans to apply for a transfer to Canada after he is formally sentenced, which is expected to occur in two to three months, his lawyer said.

Emery sent a message to supporters in an recorded telephone call with his wife while he awaited extradition. He urged them to keep up the fight against mandatory minimum sentences and other new drug enforcement laws by adopting "militant" tactics, like sit-ins at the offices of MPs and traffic blockades.

"If just one person, me, being in jail is what it takes to arouse thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of Americans and Canadians to get out and be involved and be responsible and take charge and take the initiative, then I’m a very happy individual."

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Smoking cannabis a religious right, court told

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Smoking cannabis a religious right, court told
Published On Thu Apr 08 2010
Peter Small Courts Bureau
Rev. Brother Peter Styrsky sits in the witness box and answers his lawyer’s questions with a crinkly smile.
With his grey beard, white hemp skullcap and glasses on his nose, he looks more like an avuncular rabbi than an accused drug trafficker.
But Styrsky, 52, and Rev. Brother Shahrooz Kharaghani, 31, are charged with trafficking in marijuana and hashish after police raided their church — Beaches Mission of God — on Queen St. E. on Oct. 25, 2006.
In a constitutional challenge to Canada’s drug laws, however, the two men argue that the cannabis plant is sacred to their religion, the Assembly of the Church of the Universe (COU), which claims about 35 active ministers and 4,000 members across Canada.
“It’s the most spiritual thing that has ever happened to me,” Styrsky testified Wednesday.
The defendants are asking Ontario Superior Court Justice Thea Herman to rule that Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act has no force or effect with regards to cannabis because it infringes on their freedom of religion.
Cannabis is a sacred substance whose consumption brings adherents closer to God, Styrsky told his lawyer Paul Lewin.
“Every time we use it, that connection is there and is undeniable,” said Styrsky, who ran for Toronto mayor in 2006, getting 945 votes.
The Crown argues otherwise, however. The men’s sale of marijuana and the beliefs underlying it lack the essential characteristics of a religion, prosecutors say.
“The COU offers no insight or answers into the existential questions (of) ‘ultimate concern’ which are the chief domain of religion; offers no comprehensive system of belief by which to live and offers no moral or ethical code,” federal Crowns Nicholas Devlin and Donna Polgar say in written submissions.
“It offers only marijuana — however and wherever individuals want it.”
The motion to strike down Canada’s cannabis prohibitions is expected to take a month, with both sides calling several witnesses. The Crown will draw on the testimony of religious experts.
It is the third time church members have raised religious Charter issues in defence of their cannabis use, but this is the fullest airing yet of the question.
To bolster the church’s claim to be a religious institution, Lewin presented to his client for comment various pieces of signage, framed artwork and boxes of religious books that filled the church — also known as the G13 Mission — at the time of the raid.
Styrsky smiled benignly at a framed print of a stylized marijuana plant that was displayed prominently in the church: “In a nutshell, that’s our cross. It’s a tree, tree of life, tree of knowledge. It’s the basis of our religion,” he said.
Lewin and Kharaghani’s lawyer, George Filipovic, are also challenging the law on a broader basis: that it violates all religions that are based on beliefs in the inherent goodness of the marijuana plant, such as the Rastafarians.
But the Crown argues that even if the court finds that the church’s activities are protected as religious practices, the law’s prohibitions on trafficking are “reasonable and demonstrably justifiable limits” to the freedom of religion.
The pre-trial hearing continues Thursday.

Canadian Politicians Present Thousands of Signatures In Support of Marc Emery | Cannabis Culture Magazine

Canadian Politicians Present Thousands of Signatures In Support of Marc Emery | Cannabis Culture Magazine



CANNABIS CULTURE – Members of Parliament from the Liberal, New Democratic, and Conservative Parties of Canada presented petitions today to the House of Commons with over 12,000 signatures asking the Minister of Justice to stop the extradition of marijuana activist Marc Emery.

In a show of cross-party MP support rarely seen in the House, Scott Reid (Conservative), Libby Davies (NDP), and Ujjal Dosanjh (Liberal) stood in succession and asked Conservative Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson to refuse to sign extradition orders sending Emery, a Vancouver entrepreneur and well-known activist, to the United States for a 5-year prison term.

Conservative MP Scott Reid: "I’m presenting a petition today, quite a large petition as you can see from the pile on the table beside me, regarding Marc Emery, the leader of the British Columbia Marijuana Party, who is facing deportation to the United States. The petitioners draw the attention of Parliament to a number of pertinent facts, I won’t go through all of them but I think some are relevant here. Marc Emery’s activities, the ones for which he is being extradited involve selling viable seeds, viable marijuana seeds, over the Internet. It’s worth noting that these activities were approved by Health Canada’s referral of medical marijuana patients to his seed bank. It is worth noting as well that courts in ruling on this subject, Canadian courts have ruled that a $200 fine is an appropriate punishment for this kind of activity as opposed to extradition to a country where he can face potentially life imprisonment. Finally it is worth noting that, under the Extradition Act, the petitioners point out, the Canadian Minister of Justice shall refuse to surrender a person when that surrender could involve unjust or undue or oppressive actions by the country to which he being extradited."

NDP MP Libby Davies: "I too have a very big stack of petitions to present, about 4000 petitions, along with other colleagues in the House who have received a similar number, and these are petitions from Canadians across the country who draw to our attention a matter of great urgency concerning the US call for extradition of Mr. Marc Emery as we’ve heard just earlier. Many dedicated individuals have collected approximately 12,000 petitions reflecting a strong belief that Mr. Emery or any Canadian should not face harsh punishment in the US for selling cannabis seeds on the Internet when it is not worthy of prosecution in Canada. The petitioners call on Parliament to make it clear to the Minister of Justice that such an extradition should be opposed. I am very pleased to present this; I think it is a very strong reflection of Canadians’ views on this matter and we hope that the Parliament of Canada will act on this, and certainly the Minister of Justice will take this into account."

Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh: "I join my previous two colleagues with respect to this petition regarding Marc Emery. I believe there is a certain degree of unfairness that is inherent in the process that has been used to deal with him, and these petitions urge the Minister, the Attorney General, to not surrender Marc Emery to the United States for extradition. While I come from British Columbia, a former attorney general and former Premier of British Columbia, I have certain sympathies with Mr. Emery, not because of what he did, but because I believe that the process that was used to arrest him and punish him wouldn’t have been done in the case of Canadian authorities wanting to arrest him and punish him, and I believe that because of that unfairness, the Minister of Justice is urged by the petitioner to take another look at it."


Prince of Pot Marc Emery could be extradited to U.S. Friday

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VANCOUVER — Vancouver marijuana activist Marc Emery is taking his last puff of freedom — as the clock counts down on an extradition order that will send him to a U.S. jail for five years.

Mr. Emery, founder of the B.C. Marijuana Party and publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine, is currently out on bail waiting for Federal Justice Minister and Attorney General Rob Nicholson to sign the extradition order, which can be done any time after Friday.

Mr. Emery says he will not turn fugitive, but will obey the order, when it comes.

Until then, Mr. Emery, often referred to as B.C.’s Prince of Pot, is making the most of his last days of freedom.

"I’ve been enjoying every moment of it out with my wife. We are just living day to day," he said.

Mr. Emery’s trouble with U.S. authorities stemmed from his online mail-order marijuana seed business, "Marc Emery Direct Seeds," which he ran from 1994 to 2005.

Trade in seeds is illegal in Canada and the U.S., but the law is seldom enforced here.

By 2005, the U.S. Justice Department got wind of the seeds coming into their country. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency raided Mr. Emery’s business, and the Canadian government was asked to extradite him to America to face charges of conspiracy to produce and traffic marijuana and to launder the proceeds of crime — charges that could have landed him a life sentence in a U.S. prison.

After a failed legal bid to serve his time in Canada, Mr. Emery signed a plea bargain in September 2009 to avoid a U.S. trial. The deal reduced his sentence to five years in a U.S. federal prison.

"It’s clearly a political case against me," Mr. Emery said. "It’s not because of any harm I have done."

Mr. Emery was detained in North Fraser Pretrial Centre as his lawyers argued his case in an extradition hearing in B.C. Supreme Court. He was released on bail Nov. 18.

After his hearing concluded, his lawyer was given a reprieve until this week to submit final documents, owing to an illness — which meant the extradition order could not be filed until today at the earliest.

Mr. Emery said he expects to be held at SeaTac Federal Detention Centre outside Seattle for several weeks following his transfer to the U.S. while officials decide where he will serve his sentence.

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JACK, JACK: Who’s Got Your Back? Bonnie King


JACK, JACK: Who’s Got Your Back?

Bonnie King

The very life & legacy of Jack Herer, author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, is at stake.

Jack Herer

Jack Herer in his natural environment, at his booth. Photo:

(SALEM, Ore.) – It’s a sad situation. The making of a movie of the week, perhaps. When a world renowned author falls ill, his family and friends become enemies, all professing to do so on his behalf. In the meantime, his health continues to fail, and his good name is tarnished by the very people deemed to uphold it.

Much has been said, some of it true, some of it not true, regarding Jack Herer as of late.

Anchor of the worldwide hemp movement, Jack Herer lies in a bed in a rehabilitation center in Eugene, Oregon, continuing recovery from a heart attack and anoxic brain injury.

Whereas, we reported just over a month ago that he seemed to be making significant progress in his recuperation, now that progress has reportedly stymied.

Jack was rushed to the hospital and admitted November 7th for a four-day stay following dehydration and Stage 5 Renal (kidney) Failure. Doctors spent 35 straight minutes with Jack in Emergency, which is longer than usual to stabilize a patient. Even then, he wasn’t stable.

Since then, the battle between those closest to Jack has turned from a skirmish into a war.


When Jack was admitted to McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center on November 7th, he was gravely ill with his blood pressure only reading 78/58.

Because doctors questioned the sudden and dramatic illness, the hospital ran a drug screen.

One person who has been consistently on Jack’s team, Joy Graves said, “I was notified by a brief phone call that the state of Oregon had an active investigation underway. And, I can see why."

“The day before this test was ran, Avamere had run a drug screen, and it only showed THC, nothing else. So this is absolutely frightening,” she added.

The drug screen at McKenzie-Willamette revealed positive for THC (50 ng), Alcohol (20 g/dl), and surprisingly, Amphetamines (1000 ng).

THC: Some might find it laughable that Jack would ever not have THC in his body, after decades of daily cannabis use.

Alcohol: This is a substance that Jack does not imbibe, for over 35 years by some accounts. The theory is that the alcohol may have been part of the hemp mixture he was given, perhaps a tincture, though that has yet to be confirmed.

Amphetamines: How amphetamines came to be in his system is quite the mystery, but the investigation is well underway. That’s where this discussion takes an immediate downward turn. And, it is apparently where the State of Oregon decided to step in.

“In his condition, amphetamines are about the farthest thing from what he needs in the world,” commented Dr. Phil Leveque, Forensic Toxicologist and friend of Jack Herer. "No doctor would knowingly administer such a thing to a heart patient."

Amphetamines elevate cardiac output and blood pressure making it dangerous for use by patients with a history of heart problems, causing life-threatening complications.

How the amphetamines entered Jack’s system is unknown, but the investigation is ongoing.

In recalling the night Jack was admitted with renal failure, Joy Graves said, “Chuck had been the one in total control of Jack and he didn’t want me there. I saw Jack briefly earlier that day, and I confronted Chuck because Jack didn’t look right and it seemed to me that he’d gone backward.”

At McKenzie-Willamette, Jack was found to be extremely dehydrated, the bronchitis had turned into a contagious infection, and he was diagnosed with Stage 5 Renal failure, which is often fatal. All that, and amphetamines, too?

“When I got to the hospital at 2:30 in the morning," Graves said, "Jack looked in sad shape. I had to call the nurse in four times to suction out phlegm from his throat so he could breathe. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, after all the progress he’d made. I asked for every test they had, to see why he was suddenly so sick.”

Amphetamines stay in one’s body 24-48 hours, alcohol stays less than 24 hours, and THC up to 30 days.

Four days later, Jack’s kidneys had cleared up and he was released back to the Rehab center. The hospital did so without consulting with, or even instructing those with authority over Jack’s care. A sign of things to come.

“Now that the test results have come to light, and seeing the records, I feel like I failed Jack. He should not have had to go through any of this," Graves said.


“Some people assume that the original DNR went into effect in the beginning, when Jack seemed to be on the brink of death, but that’s not when it was ordered. In fact the DNR didn’t go into Jack’s chart until he had been moved to Avamere Rehabilitation Center, after he had shown improved brain function at Emanuel Hospital. That is when the decision to limit his care was put in place,” Graves said.

The "Do Not Resuscitate" (DNR) order put in place in October by Jeannie Herer was the flame that initially ignited the whole combustible ordeal.

Graves trumped the DNR by having it lifted, and a restraining order was filed against Jeannie Herer to stop her from making further decisions that may be a risk to Jack’s health.

On November 24th, Jeannie Herer responded via an online comment, “There are several different parts to a DNR form. I was told Jack wouldn’t survive another heart attack. He’s still going to have heart surgery in the future. The only box on the DNR that I checked to ‘not resuscitate’ him was for if he was already dead. The rehab facility told us that they would have taken him to the hospital for bronchitis no matter what. There is a lot more to this that I can’t talk about now, but it will come out.” That is the last we’ve heard from Jeannie Herer on the subject.

Graves says that a Do Not Resuscitate order takes away Jack’s right to make a decision, “Everyone knows Jack Herer has had several major medical situations in the last ten years. If a DNR was something he was in favor of, it would have been well known. If his wishes involved limiting his care, he would have marked the answers differently on the medical directive.”


The DNR removal was good news to so many, but it’s existence was still confusing. However, nothing was as confusing as this: during the hospital stay that week in November, co-Power of Attorney Chuck Jacobs ordered a new DNR, giving permission to intubate, but no CPR. The rationalization behind this has not yet been explained, and oddly enough I spoke to Chuck that same day.

He talked to me about “things” in general, since returning from Europe last month, and said his relationship with Jeannie Herer was “going good.” I asked how he felt about the DNR that had been in place, as that was the main note of contention with his co-power of attorney, Joy Graves.

He said, “The DNR was different than how it was explained. It’s very common that people choose that. It wasn’t even a full DNR. If he has a pulse, then they’d save him. 911 would be called, transported and everything.”

“So, there wasn’t a ‘no transport’ order?” I asked.

“No. There never was a ‘no transport’ order,” Chuck said. “I don’t know why anyone ever said that. It’s just all not what people think it is. Jeannie’s got a bad name with the hospital and care home because of hemp oil. It’s not really fair. Everything’s kind of messed up right now, but its all working out. Jack’s back with his family, he’s happy and content.”

Jeannie Herer

“What happened with the hemp oil?,” I asked.

“Well, yesterday the doctor checked Jack out of the hospital when Jeannie and I were out for a smoke. We were gone twenty minutes, then came back and Jack was gone without them telling us anything. Then we found out there was a doctor’s note that bans all visitors, because someone has been giving him THC.”

“How do they know?”

“They found THC in his system, and it’s an issue. Jack can’t have any hemp oil until a private place has been found,” Chuck explained. “I don’t like what’s been going on, but it’s pretty hard to know what will happen next.”

The no transport order, for the record, was written on a white board in Jack’s room. It wasn’t a piece of paper, but Chuck might not have known this, since he was in Europe when all this came to a head.

All the while this discussion was taking place, Chuck didn’t reveal that we were talking about the current DNR, that he had enacted earlier that day, November 12th, 2009. A new DNR.


Much speculation has been cast about regarding who has kept Jack Herer from getting the hemp oil he so believes in, the medicine he’d been taking for over thirty years.

First of all, until US federal law changes about the legal use of medical marijuana, there will be a problem with hospitals and healthcare facilities: most find it too risky to allow medicinal marijuana to be administered on their premises. Getting heat from the feds doesn’t do their business any good. This contradiction between states where medicinal marijuana (cannabis) use is legal, and the federal government’s stance to continue to punish sick and ill patients remains very problematic.

According to many sources, Jeannie Herer did attempt to get hemp oil to Jack in the beginning, with some success, but it was a complicated ordeal and ended when he was transferred to Avamere Rehabilitation Center in Eugene. They gave a resounding “no” regarding cannabis, and that was the agreement upon his arrival.

Because cannabis was not a part of his daily meds regime, the herb’s medicinal qualities were not considered when other dosages for medications were prescribed. Though it is commonly understood among his family and friends that “cannabis is the best medicine”, he was not allowed to have any.

Not just a few of Jack’s supporters have been disturbed by this.

In response to accusations of withholding the oil, Joy Graves said, “I am not against Jack getting Rick Simpson oil. But I am against wrong dosages, illegal administration and questionable quality that could cost Jack therapeutically. Jack always got Rick Simpson oil straight from the source, and he’s probably only been given second-rate copies of it. Jack needs his oil, he has used it every day for a long time, and I think it would really help him.”

For all intents and purposes, the US federal government is the only entity truly deserving of the responsibility of keeping the healing oil from Jack.


Three months ago, Jack had a heart attack on day one at Portland’s Hempstalk. His team somberly finished up the festival without the Hemperor.

His health was the main topic of discussion throughout the grounds, and those on stage dedicated their music, speeches and performances to Jack, sending him the power of the cheering crowd again and again. Hundreds of people signed a banner to express their concern, and many prayed for a speedy recovery.

In those first days and weeks, family and close friends came and went from Jack’s side, some of them accepting that this visit might be the last, some refusing to do anything less than believe he would recover. Tim Pate played guitar and sang to Jack. Small improvements were noted, but Jack didn’t make any big strides.

Jack & Chuck, better days

Chuck Jacobs told me that during this time of unity, his experience had been just the opposite.

He said that one day at Emanuel Hospital, Jeannie Herer accused him of giving Jack drugs, LSD or ecstasy, while on the festival tour and blamed him for Jack’s heart attack. She demanded that he leave the hospital premises, and not only that, but also give her Jack’s van and move out of Jack’s house, where he lived full time as Jack’s assistant.

Chuck was overwhelmed, and said in October that even though he was hurt and angry, he “felt bad for her”, assuming she was overreacting due to her concern for Jack’s life, but that her accusations were wrong. He complied with her wishes, left the hospital and headed to California to pack his belongings.

What Jeannie Herer didn’t yet know at the time was that Jack had assigned Chuck Jacobs and Joy Graves his Power of Attorney.

Jack also signed the Advanced Health Care Directive (AD) which gave primary powers to Chuck, and listed Joy as the substitute if Chuck is unwilling or unable to act as the primary representative on Jack’s behalf.

Emanuel Hospital reviewed the Advanced Health Care Directive and deemed it incomplete initially due to a missing signature, which was later rectified. Chuck “signed on” into AD on October 5th, and then he left for California. Chuck and Joy Graves hoped that the administrators would acknowledge their right to oversee, or at minimum, participate in, Jack’s medical care.

One might ask about this time, why would they want to do that? Good question.

Jack’s signature on the Advanced Medical Directive

It’s not a secret anymore that Jeannie and Jack weren’t living together at the time of his heart attack. In early summer, she tried to move them to a different house. Jack apparently waffled. He told several people that he didn’t intend to move out of his house at Clear Lake.

Jeannie went to Nevada for a time to help her nephew, and considered Carson City as a possible store location. She spoke to me then, and said that Jack thought a head shop would be a hit there, but she was more inclined to focus on hemp education in the beginning, considering the state of the legal system in Nevada. In the end, it was not a viable business idea and Jeannie returned to California without much ado.

But she didn’t move back in with Jack. She found another place, in Santa Rosa, that she says would have suited their needs, and she was planning for Jack to move in with her after the festival season.

Jeannie Herer cast out those people closest to Jack who had administered care, support, love and friendship on the road in her absence. They weren’t about to break their promise to Jack however, and due to Jack’s own insistence, they had the paperwork to prove they were representing his wishes.

Jeannie had all of Jack’s worldly possessions moved out of his house and put into storage. She says it was in an attempt to save her and Jack money, others say it was about Jack never coming home.

Finally out of critical condition, Jack was transferred to Avamere Rehabilitation center in Eugene.

On the record that the Power of Attorney was legally “durable”, Jeannie allowed Joy to visit with Jack while Chuck went on tour with Rick Simpson in Europe, in Jack’s place.

At that point, Jack’s condition was stable, and he showed signs of progress. He would follow with his eyes and at times smile, but was not responding to physical therapy, and not speaking. Jeannie left for California to finish moving. Shortly thereafter, the DNR was discovered in Jack’s file, and things took a sudden 180 degree turn, as has been widely reported.

When Jeannie returned to Oregon, she was not allowed in to see Jack.

On October 29th, a legal separation of marriage was filed in Lake County, California on Jack’s behalf by Joy Graves, officially recognizing their estrangement. The date of the end of the marriage is noted as July 7, 2009 which is the day Jack officially took Jeannie off his lease.

Jeannie questions the separation in her November 17th online update, “If Jack had wanted a legal separation on 7/7/09, why didn’t he get it himself? He didn’t have the heart attack until September 12. Our 10-year anniversary was September 9. He was on the road but he called me and wished me a happy anniversary and told me he loved me and that he would be in Santa Rosa with me as soon as he was finished with the Portland Hempfest.”

Living in Santa Rosa is not what Jack had in mind, say others.

“Jack was having problems with Jeannie. He went into great detail with me as well as others regarding Jeannie and his fears of her. He said this ‘break up was different’, that it was over and he was done”, Joy Graves told Salem-News. “He said that Jeannie had begun threatening him with legalities, mostly about the IRS, and she was always needing more money from him. Even when she says she wanted him to start taking it easy, she was actually making big demands of him and lots of us could see he was working too much, trying to keep up.”

“He said he knew she wasn’t accepting of ‘it being over’, but he was blunt about it,” Graves recalls Jack saying, "‘She threatened me with a divorce from Carson City – I wish she would, I’m done.’”

“He said, She said” is a tedious game. Without Jack’s input now, it’s all about piecing together documentation and testimony.

For a man so full of words, he apparently did not share enough of them with his wife when it mattered the most; she has said multiple times that she was not under the impression that their marriage was “over” and expected to reconcile after the festival season, but if Jack had told her he wanted to end their marriage she would have done so.


These two unlikely partners-in-care were brought together solely by Jack’s own doing. When Jack enlisted them to sign the Power of Attorney and Advanced Medical Directive, they did so because of his persistence. They did not expect to be drafted into service within hours.

Chuck and Jack spent over 200 days a year on the road. Without Jack, Chuck continued as planned, and went on the European hemp tour with Rick Simpson about three weeks after Jack’s heart attack. The drama with the discovery of the DNR and activation of Chuck and Joy’s authority took place in his absence, and so returning to the Northwest was an anxious event.

The infamous Jack Herer

After Graves assumed responsibility for Jack, either she or Eve Lentz were at Jack’s side for the next twelve solid days. During this time, there was continued “Considerable” and “Chart Notable” progress demonstrated. The facility decreased the daily narcotics he had been receiving, increased physical and speech therapies, and the results were positive.

Regardless of all the drama going on outside Jack’s room, inside his world he seemed to be making progress.

Within a week, we were told that Jack was saying more words, that he was more responsive, and even singing, or trying to sing anyway.

It’s been revealed that Eve and Jack had a relationship outside his marriage, and it’s true that Eve has admitted a great love for Jack. Still, regardless of all else, there is hard documentation that while she and Joy were working with him, he made remarkable strides.

Though I have not yet been allowed to visit Jack due to the visitation restrictions of this complicated ordeal, I have seen video footage of Jack trying to speak, forming some words, even trying to sing along as Eve sang aloud to him; he responded to direction and pushed a button on command, which proves some coordination of his thought process.

The video clips were taken just before Jack was hospitalized November 7th, and so do not necessarily reflect his present condition. They do substantiate that Jack has been communicating – though very limited, and that there is reason to continue being positive about his potential to recover more fully.

When Chuck returned to Oregon and started piecing together what had taken place in his absence, Joy “stood down” voluntarily so Chuck could assume care for Jack, and possibly rekindle his relationship with Jeannie, if he saw fit.

Jack and Dr. Leveque 2008

Chuck was perplexed and eventually clearly displeased that Joy had filed the restraining order and the marriage separation papers, and said he was not in favor of either. The divide between the two began to increase.

Still, Chuck was Jack’s assistant, his right-hand man, his roommate; and Graves said she had no reason to not have confidence that Jack was in good hands.

Within days, Jack was back in the hospital, this time in dire straits.

Since Jack had just been to Emergency (for bronchitis) the week prior, McKenzie-Willamette hospital knew the instructions via Joy Graves to be “Full Code”, which is an order to do everything possible to keep the patient alive.

However, when Jack was transported to the hospital this time around, Chuck was in charge, and he did the strangest thing.

Chuck had the medical directive at that time, therefore he had the right to decide Jack’s “code status”, and he instructed “DNR” and “Limited Intervention”, which contradicted Jack’s previous full code.

According to the record, the hospital personnel found it worthy of note that he was insistent about the DNR:

“As far as I know, at this time, the DNR and Limitation stands. I am working on getting that changed because I feel it’s totally inappropriate and unjustified,” Joy Graves said. “I don’t know why Chuck would do something like remove the blanket that may be needed to save Jacks life. Maybe somehow, he just doesn’t understand.”

This action brought the same response to Chuck that the DNR had meant to Jeannie, a swiftly acquired restraining order to keep him from making further decisions.

Chuck was served on the 13th of November. “Unfortunately for poor Jack,” Graves said, “it was a little too late in some ways.” Also, and before the state investigation began, Chuck had already been terminated from the Advanced Directive due to a breech of contract.

Jeannie Herer was served with a second Restraining Order the following day, November 14th, but not without a lot of drama.

Jeannie wrote, “Last Saturday (November 14th) I went to see Jack at the rehab facility. I went out to smoke with Jack’s roommate. While we were out back, a nurse came and told me a woman and her daughter was at the nurses’ station with a restraining order. She said she’d keep them at the desk so I could go around the building to the parking lot. I got in the van and was pulling out of the parking lot when Joy Graves and Steve Cherms pulled up about an inch in front of me, blocking my way out of the parking lot.”

Joy says she called for the assistance of the Eugene police department as Jeannie refused to cooperate.

Jeannie says she was the one who alerted the police and they stayed with her while the officials made decisions. "First, the police spoke to them and then came over and asked me what was going on. I told them I was visiting my husband who was in the facility with an anoxic brain injury."

In the end, she received the service papers and was allowed to leave the premises.

Documents removing Chuck from Jack’s Advanced Medical Directive were given to Avamere on November 15th. Chuck Jacobs was terminated from the Power of Attorney, recorded on November 24th. Julie Phelps, Avamere’s administrator, told Joy Graves “as soon as the legal team reviews them, I will give you a call in a day or two." Copies of the court orders have been submitted to Avamere multiple times, but Joy has yet to hear that they have been acknowledged.

The first restraining order that Joy Graves filed against Jeannie Herer was dismissed because it was filed in Oregon instead of California. She then re-filed in California, and that order was dismissed December 3rd, simultaneously with the one against Chuck Jacobs, tabling Graves’ other actions. That too, was an event full of emotional upheaval and conflicting perspective.

Bill McPike, attorney for Jeannie Herer, and others were in attendance. After some discussion, the judge told Joy Graves that the orders needed to be re-filed by a (California) state licensed attorney. Graves says that is underway.

The cannabis community is vehemently on one side or the other, “Jeannie’s” or “Joy’s”, instead of simply on Jack’s side. This is something that cannot continue. His legacy is being written, right now, and everyone is contributing.


Jack’s upcoming book, The Most High: Plant Secrets of the Gods and Explorations Revealing the End of the World as You Know It, is still a work in progress but it has already caused quite a stir. There is fear among Jack’s supporters that the rights to this unfinished book are not protected.

According to both Chuck and Joy, Jack’s insistence on the Power of Attorney was primarily to protect the future of that book. Jeannie was on the record about not wanting it to be published, and Jack was concerned that while he was away in Europe, something could “happen”, and he wouldn’t rest until he knew the book would be protected.

The notorious would-be co-author of The Most High was apparently the reason behind Jeannie’s dislike of the book. James Arthur Dugovic was author of “Mushrooms and Mankind”, substantiating the bond between he and Jack, as both held amanita muscaria mushrooms in high esteem.

47-year old James Arthur (Dugovic), of Bass Lake, California was arrested in April 2004. Madera County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Erica Stuart told local newspapers that Arthur was a registered sex offender facing new charges of sexual misconduct with children. He was to have appeared in court April 26, 2005 for a preliminary hearing on child molestation charges. He had pleaded not guilty and was held in Madera County Jail on $300,000 bail.

James Arthur

Ten days before his hearing, Arthur was discovered by jailers with a bed sheet tied around his neck. Some suspect foul play, but most do not. Still, the scandal was something Jeannie believed Jack should stay far from, for his own good. That plan indeed has backfired.

Soon after Jack’s heart attack and before Chuck left on the European trip, he asked Joy to sign a contract giving certain book rights for "The Most High" to Eve Lentz, as she had been serving as an editor for Jack. Joy refused to sign.

“It’s Jack’s book – he should be the one to sign or decide anything to do with it, and if people would back off and give him the time and help he wants, he’ll heal and I’d say within a year he can do what he wants with his damn book – and everything else that’s his.”

Jeannie allegedly gained possession of Jack’s notes and research material for the book when she had Jack’s house cleaned out near the end of September.

Graves said, “Jack point-blank asked me to protect that book from Jeannie, no one else. He told me, ‘she’s going to try to stop me, you’ve got to help me, she’s going to go to court and have me declared crazy just to stop me.’ None of us took him seriously, now I realize he was, and why.”


A thing of the past. That’s what the legend of Jack Herer may be, should the legal eagles out there have their way. Sadly, his very name may be at risk, as the states of Oregon and California wield their authority.

A generous soul, Jack Herer is well known to be open to new ideas, but now Jack’s been opened up to scrutiny with officials searching out any product that bears his name, or reference to him.

Graves said, "I got a call from the state finance officials, saying they had been advised that Jack has been making money without claiming it. They specified each publisher by name, from the Emperor and the Grass books, the body care products, the hats and shirts, etc. by individual product, and the really messed up part of it – the seeds that are named for Jack, and ‘gaining revenue due to Mr. Herer’s name and publicity status’.”

She said that they had the bank account number to his and Jeannie’s joint account, and asked her to explain the statements line by line. “My explanation was simple: I have no access to those accounts. Only Jeannie, and Chuck I suppose, has that access.”

Since then, Jack and Jeannie’s joint checking account has been closed and there is a “Fiduciary Abuse” investigation underway.

The financial responsibility of those in charge of medical care is nothing to be taken lightly. Jack’s costs are no exception; for example, Jack’s transport to the hospital and back to the rehab facility had to be paid before another transport would take place. Chuck Jacobs signed for his transport, but Joy came through and paid the ambulance company so their services would continue.

My lineage is that of justice, especially for the ones who can’t pursue it themselves. Jack is in that position now, and he wants his justice.
–Joy Graves

For all the money that’s been donated to help with Jack’s tragedy, little or none of it is known to have gone to specifically pay for Jack’s needs, Graves said.

According to our research, Joy Graves is the only person in the mix who hasn’t asked for donations, or help for herself, and yet many are seeing her as having an ulterior motive.

“They can have his money, what little there probably is. They can do whatever they want with his belongings if it comes to that. I want Jack to live. None of the rest of this stuff matters to me,” said Graves.

Joy Graves is terminally ill, suffering from bronchial and cardio pulmonary disease (COPD), Parkinsons and wasting syndrome. She is clear that she expects nothing in return for helping Jack.

Jack was fully capable of making his own decisions when he chose Chuck and Joy to represent him. He knew the qualities of each, and felt they were the right team for the job. Whether he had a premonition or just felt it was good business savvy, Jack put his life in the hands of his two friends just hours before it became mandatory. Tenacity, dedication and fortitude is now the test they’re given.


We have been told that Jack cannot be considered for a “private facility” at this time because his progress has slipped, so his next move must be to a “skilled” facility, a professional environment.

However, since the state has stepped in, the court has assigned Jack a probate attorney, Don Dickman, to represent him. How this affects Jack’s future is yet to be seen.

We understand he has refused to meet with one person who has integral information to the situation at hand, Joy Graves. It seems the court-appointed attorney may be lacking therefore, when it comes to the whole story.

Jeannie Herer has filed for “guardianship” of Jack, which is something the state of California would not abide, but may be allowed in Oregon. Jack’s son, Mark Herer, has filed for conservatorship of Jack’s estate. As Jack is a resident of California, it will be interesting to see what the judge decides to do with this case. Both filings are yet to be heard in Oregon court.

South of where all this is happening, another 500 miles or so, is the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), with a world famous neurological hospital.

The UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases is one of the best places in the world to find treatment and possible solutions for brain anoxia, such as Jack has experienced.

The symptoms of anoxic brain injury vary, depending on how long a person is deprived of oxygen. Symptoms may include cognitive problems and a lack of coordination. A total lack of oxygen to the brain damages the brain cells in the cortex.

When a person undergoes cardio-pulmonary arrest (heart attack), a loss of consciousness may often occur in 10-15 seconds. For this reason, a person may have irreversible damage of the mind occurring within 5 minutes. Some estimations gave 20 minutes that Jack went without oxygen after his heart attack.

UCSF specifically works to find the causes of human nervous system disorders and improve treatment options. Their scientists apply state-of-the-art translational research methods, and engage in collaborations with colleagues around the globe, including over 100 renowned researchers and clinicians. And, it’s within driving distance to Jack’s house.

In order to be approved for admittance to UCSF, his doctor needs to sign a referral. Once in his home state of California, Jack’s care would be more easily financially managed. Jack would also not have to be transported between doctors’ offices, hospitals and rehabilitation centers… everything would be handled under one roof.

Just a few days ago, on December 15th, Jack had an appointment with his doctor for just that reason, and it was cancelled by Chuck Jacobs. Without the referral signature, Jack cannot seek advanced care at UCSF.

Joy says Jeannie Herer’s petition for guardianship is keeping Jack detained in Oregon. “He needs to be moved back to California right now, to one of the top neurological rehabilitation facilities in our country. California is more open-minded about medicinal cannabis use, there we could ‘discretely yet honorably’ move toward Jack’s accessibility to Rick Simpson Oil."

The guardianship case is actually filed against Jack, as he is the respondent. Apparently the court appointed attorney will represent him, unless his Power of Attorney is allowed to do so. Joy says this is all a moot point, and a stall in getting Jack treatment.

"As a California resident, Jack has full medical insurance waiting for him, and he is a California medical cannabis patient. His house is there, his heart is there, and a team of experts are waiting to help him there.”

“I hope his own attorney sees what’s best for Jack,” Joy said. “I’m just relieved in knowing that his resident state officials are in full support, and are willing to claim jurisdiction."

"So long as California is willing to help protect Jack, not any one of us – just Jack, things should work out right for him.”

At this hour, we are waiting to see the outcome of today’s test. That is, if a doctor is willing to sign Jack’s referral, will Chuck Jacobs give Avamere the thumbs up, so that Jack can move to the next level of care in SanFrancisco?

Time will tell. Merry Christmas, Jack.

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. View articles written by Bonnie King

Small Community Cancer Cure Crushed by Big Pharma, Part 1

Thursday, December 17, 2009 by: Paul Fassa, citizen journalist
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(NaturalNews) A small Canadian community’s success with curing cancer naturally was recently crushed, forcing its provider into exile in Europe. Rick Thompson had discovered a cure for himself and then had shared it at no cost with others in the small rural town of Maccan, Nova Scotia.
Rick offered results without side effects, and the Maccan residents took advantage. The results were amazing with even cancer patients. There are always problems promoting alternative cures. But here was an additional obstacle. The cure was hemp oil with the illegal substance THC.
Rick`s Reasons
Rick Thompson experienced a head injury at work in 1997. Afterward he was afflicted with post concussion syndrome. He was put on pharmaceuticals, which created dysfunctional side effects. He heard about the medical benefits of marijuana. So Rick purchased a bag and began smoking daily.
Eventually, both the post concussion syndrome and the pharmaceutical drug fog vanished completely. Rick’s doctor discouraged him from smoking. So Rick decided on growing his own hemp and extracting the oil with THC. He reduced a pound of plants by slow boiling in a solution to get a small tube of thick THC concentrated oil.
Soon after he began, Rick was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma. After one of the three cancers was removed surgically, it came back. So he decided to try the THC laden hemp oil topically. Within days, all three skin cancers were completely healed. Rick deduced that THC hemp oil cured cancer, but smoking marijuana would not.
Helping Others
So Rick began sharing the hemp oil within his community for free. Everyone experienced remarkable improvement by taking a drop orally twice daily or applying it topically. Rick Dwyer, the manager of the local Royal American Legion branch was very impressed. His father’s terminal lung cancer was cured in weeks after the medicos had sent him home to die.
Quickly the word was out locally about Thompson`s THC hemp oil. Several others were cured without side effects from a variety of serious ailments, including cancer.
Then both Ricks decided there should be town meetings in the Legion hall about the THC hemp oil, and that they would see what to do about spreading the word. They wanted the world to know about this natural cure.
The Consequence of Helping
The publicity from a curious Canadian media raised enough of a stir for the Legion to close the Maccan branch and fire Rick Dwyer as the local manager. Then the locals became concerned about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMPC) clamping down on Rick Thompson`s life saving operation.
So Rick Thompson went to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to acquire legal exemption for using his oil as medical marijuana. He took 14 dozen sworn affidavits from those he had helped in Maccan. But they were disregarded and his request was turned down. Nine months later he appealed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.
This time, Rick had ten cured citizens and six doctors present to testify. Their testimonies were not even allowed. His appeal was rejected, and his little local operation of supplying free cannabis cures was threatened. Slowly it dawned on him that it wasn’t just the legal system that prevented natural cannabis cures.
Rick Thompson realized that the cancer industry is focused on treating, not curing, for high profits. Monopoly medicine and Big Pharma’s concern for maintaining a massive cash flow have been the prime motive for keeping all natural cures down.
Stay tuned for more in Part II.
Sources for this series of articles include:
Rick Thompson`s site, Phoenix Tears
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Marc Emery released on November 18th to await the Justice Minister’s Decision….

 Marc Emery was taken into custody on Monday, September 28th but has been released on November 18th to await the Justice Minister’s decision

Help Save Canadian Activist and Hero, Marc Emery!

By Jodie Emery – Monday, February 9 2009


Marc Emery is known around the world as the "Prince of Pot". The USA is extraditing and imprisoning this Canadian activist because he successfully funded the global marijuana movement over the last decade. FREE MARC EMERY! Share this website everywhere!

on the extradition order. Tell the Justice Minister to refuse the US extradition request for Marc Emery and charge Marc in Canada instead.

Canadian Marc Emery has been fighting extradition to the USA and possible life imprisonment since July 2005. In March 2008, the Canadian Government decided to turn down a unique type of plea deal the USA and Marc Emery’s lawyer had arranged — one that required Canadian charges to be laid and the incarceration be in Canada.

In July 2009, Marc’s co-accused, Michelle Rainey and Greg Williams, were sentenced to 2 years probation in Canada. In early September 2009, Marc Emery decided to sign a plea deal for a 5-year sentence in the US federal prison system.

You can read Marc’s reasons for taking the plea deal in his blog post "Why I’m Cutting a Deal". Read more about what will likely happen to Marc from this point on by reading Jodie Emery’s blog post "Marc Emery Imprisoned: Monday, September 28, Vancouver".

Read news articles and view some videos from the day Marc surrendered into custody here.

Help Save Canadian Activist and Hero, Marc Emery! | Cannabis Culture Magazine

Help Save Canadian Activist and Hero, Marc Emery! | Cannabis Culture Magazine


Help Save Canadian Activist and Hero, Marc Emery!

By Jodie Emery – Monday, February 9 2009


Marc Emery is known around the world as the "Prince of Pot". The USA is extraditing and imprisoning this Canadian activist because he successfully funded the global marijuana movement over the last decade. FREE MARC EMERY! Share this website everywhere!

Marc Emery was taken into custody on Monday, September 28th but has been released on November 18th to await the Justice Minister’s decision on the extradition order. Tell the Justice Minister to refuse the US extradition request for Marc Emery and charge Marc in Canada instead.

Canadian Marc Emery has been fighting extradition to the USA and possible life imprisonment since July 2005. In March 2008, the Canadian Government decided to turn down a unique type of plea deal the USA and Marc Emery’s lawyer had arranged — one that required Canadian charges to be laid and the incarceration be in Canada.

In July 2009, Marc’s co-accused, Michelle Rainey and Greg Williams, were sentenced to 2 years probation in Canada. In early September 2009, Marc Emery decided to sign a plea deal for a 5-year sentence in the US federal prison system.

You can read Marc’s reasons for taking the plea deal in his blog post "Why I’m Cutting a Deal". Read more about what will likely happen to Marc from this point on by reading Jodie Emery’s blog post "Marc Emery Imprisoned: Monday, September 28, Vancouver".

Read news articles and view some videos from the day Marc surrendered into custody here.

Help Save Canadian Activist and Hero, Marc Emery! | Cannabis Culture Magazine

Update from Jeannie Herer – Jack Jeannie Herer’s MySpace Blog |


Update from Jeannie Herer – Jack Jeannie Herer’s MySpace Blog |







Update from Jeannie Herer
Last Saturday I went to see Jack at the rehab facility. I went out to smoke with Jack’s roommate. While we were out back, a nurse came and told me a woman and her daughter was at the nurses’ station with a restraining order for me. She asked me what she should do. I said I didn’t know and asked her what she thought I should do. She said she’d keep them at the desk so I could go around the building to the parking lot.
I got in the van and was pulling out of the parking lot when Joy Graves and Steve Cherms pulled up about an inch in front of me, blocking my way out of the parking lot. Steve got out of his car and started yelling at me and banging on the windshield and waving around his cane.
Then Seeva Cherms and her daughter came out of the building and Seeva ran over and started banging on the driver’s side window and yelling at me, waving around the restraining order. I kind of panicked and called the first person on my phone list and they called 911 and then 911 called me back and stayed on the phone with me until two police cars arrived. I just sat in the van with the doors locked and the windows rolled up.
First, the police spoke to them and then came over and asked me what was going on. I told them I was visiting my husband who was in the facility with an anoxic brain injury. I showed them the first restraining order that Joy Graves filed against me, that was dismissed in its entirety. It was filed the day after I posted our attorney, Bill McPike’s, response to Seeva saying Jack had gone to him for a legal separation. Bill said it didn’t happen. Jack had only talked to him about people putting his name on their products. One of the things the restraining order said was that I couldn’t post anything on Jack’s websites. That’s why I’m making this public now, while I can.
We met Steve and Seeva one time at Eddy Lepp’s house and the next thing we knew they came over to our house with legal papers they wanted us to sign making us their daughter’s godparents. They said they grew up in the mob, and they are bounty hunters, and how Steve is supposed to be a big martial arts guy. We didn’t sign the papers.
I told the police about the suspicious Power of Attorney papers that Joy says Jack signed a couple of hours before he had his heart attack and that she is trying to get the rights to Jack’s new book.
The police called their supervisor and he said the restraining order was no better than a leaf on the ground. The policemen said I could just go ahead and drive off. I said I was afraid Steve would follow me so the police stood there with them until I could get far enough away.
Because Joy has caused so many disturbances while I’ve been there, the facility is not allowing me to see Jack for now. Only Jack’s kids can see him. My attorney is doing what she can, as fast as she can, but court dates take time to come around.
Joy also went to Lake County, California and filed a legal separation from me for Jack on October 29. She gave the date of the end of our marriage as 7/7/09. If Jack had wanted a legal separation on 7/7/09, why didn’t he get it himself? He didn’t have the heart attack until September 12. Our 10-year anniversary was September 9. He was on the road but he called me and wished me a happy anniversary and told me he loved me and that he would be in Santa Rosa with me as soon as he was finished with the Portland hemp fest.

Jack Herer: A Man Well-Loved is Saved Again – Salem-News.Com


Jack Herer: A Man Well-Loved is Saved Again – Salem-News.Com


Jack Herer: A Man Well-Loved is Saved Again

Bonnie King

The Hemperor is slowly improving, with constant TLC the best medicine.

Jack Herer is alert and communicating with family and friends. Here, he is recovering from oral thrush, and his mouth is dry and irritated. 11/09

(EUGENE, Ore.) – For over 30 years, Jack Herer has been the inexhaustible guru of the hemp movement. Many people have expressed their deep concern for Jack’s well-being since his heart attack in mid-September, at an Oregon hemp festival.

Sunday night, Jack Herer was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Eugene from the rehabilitation center where he has been receiving care. His breathing became more distressed throughout the afternoon, and finally he was rushed to the Emergency Room.

He was diagnosed with bronchitis, and given antibiotics to overcome the illness. Such prevention may not have been possible just a few days ago, when a "Do Not Transport" order was in effect. Because of a recent change in Jack’s care, they were able to get him appropriate treatment, which could literally have saved his life.

More good news, Jack has been responding well to Speech, Physical and Occupational therapy treatments administered at the care center where he’s residing in Eugene, Oregon. He is coherent. His speech is beginning to come back. He has no IV’s, no breathing tube, and though he has a feeding tube, they expect to remove it as soon as this week.

The bad news, is the breakdown within the ranks of Jack’s supporters. While Jack works to heal and rehabiitate, the world outside his room is swirling with controversy.

Much has been said as of late regarding the recent change of Jack’s care management, and the subject has seemingly taken on a life of its own. Jeannie Herer and others are unhappy with the new decision by the care center to acknowledge a Power of Attorney that moves authority of Jack’s care to Joy Graves and Chuck Jacobs.

Avamere Riverpark is a reputable facility providing nursing care and physical rehabilitation for Jack. Nurses and rehab therapists are working closely with him and the medical staff, providing a personalized treatment program for Jack.

Jack Herer in rehab

Before the Storm

Chuck Jacobs has been Jack’s right hand man for three years. As driver/assistant and friend, he worked, lived, and traveled with Jack and the team. He just returned from a European tour with hemp oil innovator Rick Simpson, standing in for Jack. Jack depended on Chuck.

Joy Graves is Jack’s assistant and long time friend. Working shoulder to shoulder at the hemp festivals through the summer, she was a strong, trustworthy staple of the team.

In early summer, Jeannie and Jack went their separate ways. Not surprisingly, they are both overwrought with obligations and a packed schedule, and she hoped to inspire Jack to take it easy. She says she believed they would reunite at the end of the season. Jack had Jeannie’s name taken off his lease in July. By many accounts, they were separated.

From his house, Jack worked on his new book and prepped for the festivals. Eve Lentz was a writer-in-residence for some time, editing the long-awaited mushroom book, which is still a work in progress. Jack was continuously surrounded by friends, new and old, confidants and professional partners.

According to friends, he was outspoken, as usual, and made it known that he didn’t plan to leave his house to move with Jeannie, or accept the "take it easy" proposal. He left for the festivals in the NorthWest, an annual tradition for the Jack Herer team.

At noon on September 12th, 2009, the first day of the Portland HempStalk, Jack called a meeting with Chuck, Joy and a notary public. Jack had a Power of Attorney drawn up, and explained that, in addition to other issues, he had concerns about the publication of his upcoming book in case something should happen to him. It was a subject of some contention between he and Jeannie, as she’s recently noted there were some "problems with the book" that he had been working on for over a decade. Chuck and Joy signed the paperwork, and got back to work.

Little did they know, the documents would gain sudden importance, and become the fuel for an underlying flame, ready to ignite.

When Jeannie heard that Jack had been hospitalized in Portland, she flew in and assumed her position as caretaker and wife. And it’s been a tough road to haul. Since his heart attack, Jack has been moved 3 times, had one diabetic episode, and even suffered a fall out of bed.

There have been difficult challenges, difficult decisions, and more than not, long difficult days.

His drive to decriminalize marijuana and bring the value and benefits of the hemp plant into focus has never waned. The people that have joined him on this journey are not just a bunch of followers. They are leaders in their own right, speaking up and putting into action their belief in the future of legal cannabis use, and industrial hemp production in United States.

Chuck and Joy, along with many others, were integral in the successful organization, set up, break down, manning of the booths, travel to and fro, and overall care of Jack throughout the festival season.

Now, seven weeks later, they have taken the reigns of his care again.


Joy Graves was at his bedside last week when she discovered there was a DNR order in Jack’s chart. "Do Not Resuscitate", the nurse explained, means that should Jack have a heart attack, he would not receive CPR, they would not make every effort to save him. They would let him die in peace. "Do Not Transport" was also checked, which means there would be no ambulance ride to the hospital.

The order was a surprise to Joy, and a shock after all the effort to save his life. She inquired as to how it came to be, and how it could be changed. Jeannie Herer had signed the order, so it was up to her to change it. Unsatisfied with that conclusion and in an attempt to ensure Jack’s ability to survive a future health emergency, she revealed that she held Jack’s Power of Attorney.

The care center took some time to deliberate the ramifications of the situation, bringing in their legal team, and determined that the document was legal and binding.

The DNR order was reversed.

"For a person that was extremely displeased that it took so long for CPR to begin at the time of his heart attack, it was baffling as to why Jeannie signed a DNR," Joy Graves said.

"They wanted me to sign a DNR form," Jeannie wrote in a MySpace bulletin. "The doctor explained that if he had another heart attack, he wouldn’t be able to survive it but if I didn’t sign the paper, they would still have to pound on his chest and possibly crack his chest and also shock him. He said that when people die a natural death, endorphins are released that make them more comfortable at the end but not when you do that. So I agreed."

Sunday night, the DNR order reversal may well have saved Jack’s life.

Throughout the evening, Jack’s breathing became more and more distressed, and the rattle in his chest turned to a struggle for air. Medical attention clearly was in order. Because the DNR had been revoked, they were able to get Jack to the Emergency Room at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center where he was diagnosed with bronchitis.

He received x-rays, a breathing treatment, and a prescription for antibiotics. Without intervention, he would likely have developed pneumonia. He was back in his room and in good spirits Sunday evening, feeling much better.

The DNR would have made the ambulance ride to the ER impossible.

Jack’s Progress Report

Last week, I was told that Jack slept most of the time, day and night. Sometimes he grumbled in his sleep. He had barely spoken, and was so tense that physical therapy seemed a moot point.

Prior to the change of care, Jack was on daily narcotics including Percocet and Oxycodone (every four hours), which have since been nearly discontinued, and are relegated to specific pain relief when necessary. Saturday night, he didn’t need any drugs to sleep well through the night.

He is NOT being given any hemp oil. The care center, driven by federal guidelines, refuses to allow it.

The staff at the care center has been happily surprised at his improved response in all three therapies. So well in fact, that they are increasing it to five days a week.

According to Eve Lentz, he has been singing "You are my Sunshine". "It is hard to hear him, his voice is very light and breathy, but he’s trying," she said.

He has also said a few people’s names, and short sentences like "I love you", "Oh boy", "Oh man", and "Where’s the baby?" referring to his godchild. Seems like rather slow progress, but then again, his mouth has really been hurting.

Jack has been recovering from oral thrush, a painful mouth infection that often affects those with a weakened immune system. This caused him to be unable to swallow easily, and it was necessary to limit his water intake, for risk of pneumonia.

Joy was corrected when she gave him water one day, and the next day another old friend was stopped from giving him a drink several times. After a brief argument, she was asked to leave by the care center, not due to an order by Joy, which has been inferred.

This week they will begin regular eating and drinking, and hopefully remove the feeding tube.

Jack has been surrounded by his loved ones. His children have been with him often, and Jeannie, now understood to be Jack’s estranged wife, has been allowed in to see him though her authority has been circumvented.

Because of the negative publicity, specifically via online networking sites, the facility has allegedly received threats since the change in his caregivers, and even has fielded calls from imposters of family members and others. This could have interrupted his care, requiring him to be moved yet another time. Fortunately for Jack, that is not the case.

One More Thing

Rumors abound, most have so little merit that it insults the intelligence of the reader to be bothered with them. However, one such claim regarding alleged drug use by Jack at the festivals requires attention.

No one would disagree that a man with his health history should not consider such things, but there is no evidence to back up the charge that has become nearly viral online. There was a drug screen soon after Jack was taken to the hospital initially, and we are told that it revealed THC and nothing else.

Where Does He Go From Here?

The frustration, fear and confusion felt by so many of Jack’s friends is not to be understated. This is a sensitive, emotional subject. Keeping the faith is something they take to heart, and love Jack they do. All the people involved seem to sincerely want what’s best for him, and with time will likely find level ground with one another.

But what’s really important here isn’t all of that, it’s JACK. He still has a long, climb ahead, and he’s showing real progress. He’s working hard.

Several groups and organizations including the THCF in Portland and Jim Matthieson of the Herbivores in Seattle have expressed their intentions to host benefits to help offset the costs of Jack’s care, which is mounting.

By all accounts, Jack loves his home in California where he has lived for several years. Should Jack continue improving at the rate he is, he will be home again, watching the sunset from his porch, pondering his next adventure, in good time. Whether or not he is able to resume his previous lifestyle completely, he well may return to it.

Though his home was nearly given up for lack of finances, some quick minded friends made sure that didn’t happen. Efforts have been successful in keeping Jack’s house, and it waits for his homecoming.

Be it known: The Hemperor Shall Return.

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.

View articles written by Bonnie King

Jack’s Condition – Jack Herer’s MySpace Blog |


Jack’s Condition – Jack Herer’s MySpace Blog |

(Jack’s wife, Jeanie, needs money for the lawyer and other necessities.  If you have a dime to spare please help her out!




Jack Herer

Jack Herer

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Thursday, October 29, 2009 

Jack’s Condition

This is Jack’s wife, Jeannie. Jack had a heart attack in Portland, Oregon on September 12. I was in California waiting for him to come home. I flew to Portland, went to the hospital and was told that a woman named Joy Graves had come to the hospital with a Medical Power of Attorney that Jack had allegedly signed, naming her and Chuck Jacobs as the people in charge of Jack’s medical care. It wasn’t complete and looks like someone forged his signature. The hospital’s legal team determined it was no good.

Jack is now in a skilled nursing facililty in Eugene. Joy Graves has taken the paper to them and they have accepted it until their legal team decides what to do. In the meantime, I am not allowed to see Jack or even get news about his condition over the phone. Jack has already been neglected in the nursing home. He fell out of bed there and hit his head shortly after being admitted. He had lumps on his head from it and bruises on his upper eyelids.

I’ve had to hire an attorney to deal with this. I don’t have much money but I’ll do what I can. I love Jack very much and can’t believe this is happening to him now, when he needs me the most.

12:41 PM


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scrubby joe

that is so bogus how dose this happen to such a good guy ill keep him in my prayers is the account at us bank still open for donations (and can you access it)

Posted by scrubby joe on Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 12:53 PM
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The Tao of Zachariah

Zachariah Langley

Damn I hate to read that.. Jack has helped more people than he even knows. He and you will be in my prayers, and know things will get better..
Much Love to you and Jack the Man 🙂

Posted by The Tao of Zachariah on Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 1:07 PM
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Youdont Needtoknow

crazy this calls for a lynching of one mrs joy graves!!!!

Posted by $moken4Life on Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 2:16 PM
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ElectroPig Von Fökkengrüüven

  I’m sure that no matter what happens, Jack’s interests ARE being protected!  There are far too many people that know and love Jack to let anything happen that would not be in his best interests.
  Jack’s fans around the globe will settle for nothing less than Jack’s best interests being ABSOLUTELY SECURE…so no matter what the final verdict or "whoever wins this fight" as it were, Jack Herer WILL be the one to come out on top of the heap!  
  Whatever happens, the age-old rule is that the truth always comes out eventually, and since there’s literally MILLIONS of people paying very close attention to Jack’s situation, this will be no exception, I’m sure!
  The world has got Jack’s back!  d=^)
  ……Overgrow The World!……

Posted by ElectroPig™ on Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 2:16 PM
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Peachie Pie™

Melanie Tenenbaum

I find this absolutely disgusting. Whom ever this Joy lady is, she should know that God and Karma will deal with her. As they are taking advantage of the GodFather of HEMP, it will NOT be tolerated.

Posted by Peachie Pie™ on Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 2:16 PM
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Frankly, when I came across this post, I was assailed by several issues, all somewhat stupid even in there …
What power will the supposed "Advocate," Joy Graves about Jack?
What kind of power will have the same woman, which is larger than that of Jeannie?
What the hell will want to now, neither with Jack, a position quite debilitating, they can not make pictures sad?
Jeannie, our (my, family and friends) prayers are with you. If there is another, more direct support, please do not hesitate in common icar.
All try to do to help her, as the Jack. And peace be present in the heart of Jack. I have strength to endure this latest ordeal.
With respect, friendship and affection
Carlos Santos aKa aWaKeNMoBiUs..

Posted by aWaKeNMoBiUs on Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 2:16 PM
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May the force be with you and Jack!

Posted by AMENMAATRA on Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 2:16 PM
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♥♥ Jordan’s Mommy ♥♥

Whitney Reed

that’s terrible… I hope the situation gets better asap and you can see Jack and I hope he recovers quickly! Much love ….

Posted by ♥♥ Jordan’s Mommy ♥♥ on Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 2:16 PM
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Jaime Verde

Jennie, the whole world is watching….So many people respect and love Jack,,we can not allow this to happen. Compassion is what this movement is all about

Posted by dtlaJaime on Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 2:16 PM
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Kate {Irish Queen}

awwwww Im so sorry Jeannie! I sincerely hope everything turns out well for your family, is there somewhere we can send donations?

Posted by Kate {Irish Queen} on Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 2:16 PM
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ElectroPig Von Fökkengrüven

..Long Live The Emperor!  d=^)

Posted by ElectroPig²™ on Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 2:16 PM
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Gabe "End the Drug War" Rivera

Well, if Jack would have been doing a better job of networking to ‘end the drug war’, his Karma wouldn’t be serving him in such a negative fashion.  Sucks to have failed the entire planet, don’t assume it won’t fail him back.

Posted by Gabe "End the Drug War" Rivera on Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 2:16 PM
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Erica Womachka

omg what can we do let me know.

Posted by Erica on Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 2:21 PM
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Rogue Norton

OH NO!!  If we can help in Internet-land, let us know.

Posted by Rogue on Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 2:46 PM
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holy shit, Jeannie ~ what a ridiculous situation!!!!  my thoughts into the universe with be with you and Jack ~ goddessspeed that this madness comes to an end soon!

Posted by <CztarChild> on Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 2:46 PM
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Medical Cannabis Journal

This is terrible. I am going to repost this.  If I can get some extra $ I will try to send.  My heart goes out to you and Jack!

Posted by Medical Cannabis Journal on Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 2:46 PM
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Canada: Marc Emery agrees to five years in Canadian prison

Ian Mulgrew
Vancouver Sun
Monday 14 Jan

VANCOUVER – Marc Emery, Vancouver’s self-styled
Prince of Pot, has tentatively agreed to a five-year prison
term in a plea bargain over U.S. money laundering and
marijuana seed-selling charges.

Facing an extradition
hearing Jan. 21 and the all-but-certain prospect of delivery
to American authorities, Emery has cut a deal with U.S.
prosecutors to serve his sentence in Canada. He also hopes it
will save his two co-accused – Michelle Rainey and Greg
Williams, who were his lieutenants for so much of the past

The three were arrested in August 2005 at the
request of the United States and charged even though none had
ventured south of the border. Since then, they have been
awaiting the extradition hearing. With the proceedings about
to begin, Emery says his lawyer brokered the best deal

If accepted by the courts in both countries,
Emery said he will serve the full term and not be eligible for
Canada’s lenient get-out-of-jail-early rules.

going to do more time than many violent, repeat offenders," he
complained. "There isn’t a single victim in my case, no one
who can stand up and say, ‘I was hurt by Marc Emery.’ No

He’s right. Whatever else you may think of Emery
– and he grates on many people, what is happening here is a
travesty of justice. Emery’s case mocks our independence as a
country. Prosecutors in Canada have not enforced the law
against selling pot seeds and all you need do is walk along
Hastings Street between Homer and Cambie for

There are numerous stores selling seeds and
products for producing cannabis. Around the corner, you’ll
find more seed stores. You’ll find the same shops in Toronto
and in other major Canadian cities.

The last time Emery
was convicted in Canada of selling pot seeds, back in 1998, he
was given a $2,000 fine. Emery has flouted the law for more
than a decade and every year he sends his seed catalogue to
politicians of every stripe.

He has run in federal,
provincial and civic elections promoting his pro-cannabis
platform. He has championed legal marijuana at parliamentary
hearings, on national television, at celebrity conferences, in
his own magazine, Cannabis Culture, and on his own Internet
channel, Pot TV.

Health Canada even recommended medical
marijuana patients buy their seeds from Emery. From 1998 until
his arrest, Emery even paid provincial and federal taxes as a
"marijuana seed vendor" totalling nearly $600,000.

is being hounded because of his success. The political
landscape has changed dramatically as a result of Emery’s
politicking for cannabis. Emery challenged a law he disagrees
with using exactly the non-violent, democratic processes we
urge our children to embrace and of which we are so

But along the way he has angered the anti-drug
law-enforcement community – the same gang that insists we must
continue an expensive War on Drugs that has failed miserably
for more than a quarter century and does more harm than

Canadian police grew so frustrated that neither
prosecutors nor the courts would lock up Emery and throw away
the key, they urged their U.S. counterparts to do the dirty
work. And that’s what’s wrong.

Emery is being handed over to a foreign government for an
activity we are loath to prosecute because we don’t think it’s
a major problem. His two associates were charged only as a way
of blackmailing him into copping a plea.

It’s a

Emery is being made a scapegoat for an
anti-cannabis criminal law that is a monumental failure. In
spite of all our pricey efforts during the last 40 years, and
all the demonization of marijuana, there is more pot on our
streets, more people smoking dope and more damage being done
to our communities as a result of the prohibition.

There is a better way and every study from the 1970s Le
Dain Commission onward has urged change and

Regardless of what you think of Emery, he
should not be facing an unconscionably long jail term for a
victimless, non-violent crime that generates a shrug in his
own country. Emery is facing more jail time than corporate
criminals who defrauded widows and orphans and longer
incarceration than violent offenders who have left their
victims dead or in wheelchairs.

And while he has long
seemed to court martyrdom, Emery is by no means sanguine about
what is happening. He is angry at local lawyers for failing to
come up with a viable defence.

"They had two years and
$90,000 and they came up with nothing," he fumed. "John Conroy
called me up and said ‘take the deal – Michelle will die in
jail. Michelle will die in jail!’ What can I say to

Rainey, who has a medical exemption to smoke
marijuana, has Crohn’s disease. Incarceration in the U.S.
would deprive her of her medicine, and she fears it could lead
to her death.

"It’s an ugly situation but Marc expects
miracles," Kirk Tousaw, one of the lawyers involved, told me.
"There aren’t any here."

He’s right. Our extradition
law puts Canadian citizens at the mercy of foreign governments
and judges can’t do much about it. Emery is being forced to
accept a deal because not only are two of his friends in
jeopardy if he doesn’t, but also to go south for an unfair
trial would mean serving as much as 20 years in prison,
perhaps more.

One of his friends, for example, was
handed a 30-year sentence for growing 200 plants. This is

If Emery has been breaking the law and must be
jailed, our justice

department should charge him and
prosecute him in Canada. It’s time for justice Minister
Rob Nicholson to step in and say, sorry, Uncle Sam, not today
– not

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