The Emperor Wears No Clothes

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Not to be confused with The Emperor's New Clothes.
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
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 330
ISBN 0-9524560-0-1

The Emperor Wears No Clothes is a non-fiction book written by Jack Herer. Starting in 1973, the story begins when Herer takes the advice of his friend, "Captain" Ed Adair, and begins 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,[2] and the book continues to be cited in Cannabis rescheduling and re-legalization efforts.[citation needed]

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

The title of the book alludes to Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale "The Emperor's New Clothes" (1837). Herer uses Andersen's story as an allegory for the current prohibition of Cannabis.

European expert on hemp and author of the doctoral thesis Crop physiology of fibre hemp (1994), Dr. Hayo M.G. van der Werf criticized the book for containing some inaccuracies, stating, "Although most of the information contained in the book is valid, some of its claims are clearly incorrect."[3]

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  1. ^ Herer, Jack (1985). The Emperor Wears No Clothes. Van Nuys, CA: Ah Ha Publishing. 
  2. ^ Herer, Jack (2000). The Emperor Wears No Clothes (11th ed.). 
  3. ^ "Hayo M.G. van der Werf : Hemp facts and hemp fiction". Retrieved March 28, 2014.