The Emperor Wears No Clothes

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The Emperor Wears No Clothes
The Emperor Wears No Clothes.jpg
Author Jack Herer
Country United States
Language English
Genre Social history
Publisher Ah Ha Publishing,
Quick American Archives (11th Edition)
Publication date
1985
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 330
ISBN 0-9524560-0-1

The Emperor Wears No Clothes is a book written by Jack Herer. Starting in 1973, Jack Herer took the advice of his friend "Captain" Ed Adair and began compiling tidbits of information about the Cannabis plant and its numerous uses,[1] including as hemp and as a drug. After a dozen years of collecting and compiling historical data, Herer first published his work as The Emperor Wears No Clothes in 1985. The eleventh edition was published in November 2000, and the book continues to be cited in cannabis rescheduling and re-legalization efforts.

The book, backed by H.E.M.P. (America), Hanf Haus (Germany), Sensi Seeds/Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum, Amsterdam, (Netherlands), and T.H.C., the Texas Hemp Campaign (America), offers $100,000 to anyone who can disprove the claims made within. Quoting from the book's back cover:

If all fossil fuels and their derivatives, as well as trees for paper and construction were banned in order to save the planet, reverse the Greenhouse Effect and stop deforestation; then there is only one known annually renewable natural resource that is capable of providing the overall majority of the world's paper and textiles; meet all of the world's transportation, industrial and home energy needs, while simultaneously reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil, and cleaning the atmosphere all at the same time... and that substance is -- the same one that did it all before -- Cannabis Hemp... Marijuana!

The title of the book alludes to the classic fairy tale "The Emperor's New Clothes" by Hans Christian Andersen. Herer uses Andersen's story as an allegory for the current prohibition of cannabis.

European experts on hemp, like Dr. Hayo M.G. van der Werf author of the doctoral thesis Crop physiology of fibre hemp (1994), criticized the book for containing some inaccuracies.[2]

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  1. ^ Herer, Jack. 1985. The Emperor Wears No Clothes. Ah Ha Publishing, Van Nuys, CA.
  2. ^ "Hayo M.G. van der Werf : Hemp facts and hemp fiction". Druglibrary.org. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 

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