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Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy

Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy

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by Jack Herer, Leslie Cabarga (Editor)

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Jack Herer has updated his authoritative history of hemp's myriad uses and of the war on this plant, just as it has become high-profile news, with supporters such as Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson. Herer thoroughly documents the petrochemical industry's plot to outlaw this renewable source of paper, energy, food, textiles, and medicine. Photos, illustrations &


Jack Herer has updated his authoritative history of hemp's myriad uses and of the war on this plant, just as it has become high-profile news, with supporters such as Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson. Herer thoroughly documents the petrochemical industry's plot to outlaw this renewable source of paper, energy, food, textiles, and medicine. Photos, illustrations & charts. 10 tables. Size D. 330 pp.

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Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
TheAdvisorOfLaVerne More than 1 year ago
This book, given the controversy over the topic, is magnificently accurate. With the facts he presents, he also backs them up with his sources, which are of the greatest intelligence. Now for those who say that this book is innacurate in anyway, then bring it up with Jack and try to disclaim his facts that he has stated and he will present you with 100,000 doller check. This check has been offered ever since the books release, and guess what? No one has ever gotten the 100,000 dollers. Congratulations great book I completly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book tells the truth that has almost been erased from our history by the us government. it sickens me that all of the facts in this book our not mainstream household facts, and the lies put out by commercials are the current american standard of truth for the 'evil weed' anyone who would give this book a one star and waste their time making up lies about the book is obviously a fool who hasnt even read through the whole book as all the facts are in the back in their original document form including the USDA report on marijuana being a benefit to society as a whole. everyone should read this book so that we can finally end this oppressive prohbition and get anti marijuana politicians out of office, can you say GW
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book was very enlightening and interesting. it discussed the issues upon which hemp and marijuana can be used for multiple diffent things including medical and for physical therapy. when all taken into perspective, it makes no sense why they would outlaw it when it has so many wonderful helpful uses. but thats the way it works sometimes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book filled with facts about hemp and its uses. A great refhesher about a plant (that because of it's narcotic cousin,) has been wiped out of history, thanks to the paranoia of governments.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Herer does a fantastic job. While I hear arguments about legitimacy of statements and evidence, Herer's attempt at explaining how this singularly unique plant benefits the world, lacks something that a lot of people don't understand. I can personally attest to many of his statements as true. It's a perspective held by a unique group of people have created their own beautiful culture and this culture is a completely different one than their predecessors, who were told different things about cannabis, and this topic differs greatly from what this group felt. So much so that the predecessors thought on the topic based their platform of rebellion for liberation of hemp and cannabis. Its not a matter of right or wrong, its simply a different perspective that others may lack when taking into account how society (Users, supporters, non-supporters) and government treats cannabis. It's a completely new paradigm, which for most is hard to understand. But take it for what it is, simply a different perspective on life. Not your way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must have book! For a $20, you can't loose. Also check out the Institute of Medicines Marijuana and Medicince Assessing the Science Base, it's full of the latest facts about cannabis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
finally the truth about canibus. All i can say is that you need to read it for yourself
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
invaluable source of information on the facts of the cannabis plants' many,many, uses and irrefutable evidence of exactly what happened behind the scenes with 1937's original prohibition of cannabis. the content in the appendices alone is worth the price. See, Jack was wise enough to includedetailed references( as in footnotes) and knew his audience well enough to know that most would not be likely to make the trip to a library to look them up on their own so he included dang near if not all of the referenced material in the appendices. regarding my review headline...marijuana(cannabis) prohibition would end near instantly if this book were read by a large enough percentage of the world's citizens. Peace Kirk
RandallSnyderJr More than 1 year ago
This book is everything every other reviewer says it is.  It is a shame that our government to this day ignores the overwhelming evidence of the inherent value this single plant species has provided to the inhabitants of this planet until the triad of DuPont, Anslinger, and Hearst decided that wanted to take this valuable resource away from the peoples of the entire planet to satisfy their lust for profits.  By the time you've read the first few chapters the activist gene in you will stir.  We need this plant back in our lives in all the ways if can provide us its wealth of benefits.  I have the utmost respect for Jack Herer and for his life time achievement in this book. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
Historians strongly disagree with this book's claim to be an 'authoritative historical' work: there is very little 'history' here. As a researcher myself, I would make the following brief comments on a mere handful of the book's distortions to serve as examples: 1) There was no accusation of cannabis possession or other drug usage in the trial of Joan of Arc: the transcript of that trial is one of those which I myself have translated from the original manuscripts, and no such charge is listed anywhere in either set of articles against her (not in the initial 70 articles nor in the final 12), nor was it ever mentioned in the course of the trial; the author simply made that up. There was never any suggestion that she used cannabis to produce her 'voices': instead, her judges claimed (in Article XI of the final set) that the beings which she identified as angels and saints might be fallen angels instead. 2) The oft-cited claim that the presence of 'unique' THC receptors is evidence of some sort of crucial link between human evolution and pot usage shows a profound misunderstanding of the way such receptors work: they do not typically bind only with a single 'unique' substance, and in fact one of the receptors which reacts to THC is the same one which also reacts to heroin and similar opiates as well as to substances within the body called endorphins, which the receptor was specifically designed for; opiates and THC happen to bind with this receptor for much the same reason that arsenic and other poisons happen to interact with certain sites in the body. Presumably, we will now have to deal with the claim that the body was designed to consume arsenic, too. 3) Medieval books were expensive because they had to be painstakingly hand-written (and later, printed using a clumsy and laborious process), not because of any ban against paper, hemp-based or otherwise. This should hardly need to be said. 4) While the author is correct in saying that the ancient Scythians (for example) did use a cannabis-based drug (hashish), there seems to be a persistent attempt to add other ancient cultures to the list by deliberately mistranslating words such as the Chinese 'ma' (which means 'flax'), or to confuse non-narcotic uses of hemp with narcotic uses of cannabis, or to mistranslate certain Hebrew words in order to claim that early Jews and Christians were drug users, too. 4) In another obvious gaff, the book tries to claim that the Bible (of all things) supports pot usage by deliberately misinterpreting certain English translations (such as the one which uses an archaic definition of the word 'herb' to translate Hebrew words such as 'zara'on', which means 'vegetable'), or by taking out of context Paul's comments about Jewish dietary laws (which banned certain meats, such as pork, which were common in the Greek-speaking world in which Paul was trying to win converts; hence the statement that any 'creature' or 'animal' ('ktisma' in the Greek version of the original manuscripts) is valid for consumption. Marijuana is not an 'animal', although I've literally seen people try to argue that it somehow qualifies as such in order to support the author's views on this particular subject). A similar argument is invoked when dealing with a passage preaching against the outlawing of foods, with smoked marijuana suddenly being reclassified as a 'food' in this case so the claim can be made that the Bible is hostile to current drug laws, all the while ignoring the passages which specifically forbid people to be under the influence of any narcotic substance. The list can go on. It's hard to know what to say in summary to a book like this: as many scholars have pointed out, it's little more than fiction and fluff, and certainly does not qualify as 'history' in any sense of the term.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's hard to know where to begin with this book. The author's claims about the medical issues concerning marijuana are contradicted by medical publications; the book's 'history' section is largely fictional; the author ignores the fact that we already have organic substances for all the uses which he suggests for hemp, and throughout the book he deliberately tries to blur the distinction between industrial (non-narcotic) hemp and (narcotic) marijuana. To cover but a few points: 1) Concerning history - No allegation of drug use was ever made at Joan of Arc's trial: you won't find it in the transcript nor in any of the eyewitness accounts. Similarly, the book tries to turn the War of 1812 into a 'hemp war', whereas it was primarily fought over British maritime policies and border disputes. Every historical subject imaginable - from the Inquisition to bookmaking to warship construction - is rewritten to serve the author's purposes. 2) Concerning the medical issues - articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association and other such publications, by researchers such as Keith Green, Nadia Solowij, Robert S. Stephens, Roger A. Roffman, etc, have cited studies showing the damage to brain function that results from marijuana use; the toxic effects of marijuana on the body; evidence of physical dependence; and recommendations against using marijuana (especially the smoked form) for medicinal use - a point which has been echoed by a great many doctors who have denounced the use of so-called 'medical marijuana clubs', sometimes comparing it to a policy of sending patients to heroin dens rather than giving them medically-prepared morphine (it must be remembered that medically-approved THC has long been available in tablet form, and a spray form is either available now or will be soon, undermining the claims that medically-useful THC can 'only' be obtained from marijuana use). 3) Concerning industrial hemp: the author merely cites various uses which other organic-based materials already fill - from corn-based Ethanol to soy-based products - meaning that his grandiose claim that hemp is the 'only one' that can solve environmental problems is ludicrous. Additionally, the tired conspiracy theory regarding the various plots against industrial hemp ignores the crux of the current debate, which centers around concerns by law enforcement that legalizing hemp would make enforcement of marijuana laws difficult (which is apparently Herer's main goal). 4) Herer has trotted out arguments by people such as Terrence McKenna on the alleged use of marijuana by 'virtually all religions', even those which actually forbid the use of any mind-altering substance; he then tries to claim that this is the view taken by 'virtually all' researchers. Drug activists like McKenna and his ilk are not the same as reputable scholars [such as Spiros Zodhiates, Warren Baker, Henry Halley, etc], who would not support this book's claims about the Bible's alleged 'promotion' of pot usage, and so forth. This list could go on. The book has been marketed as 'authoritative', when in truth it's not even accurate.