Forbes recently published a thoughtful piece about the legendary Jack Herer, father of modern cannabis activism (pictured above with Dennis Peron, who himself is as much a pillar of the cannabis movement as Jack) without whom our modern moment of sweeping decriminalization and legalization of cannabis and hemp use– medical, recreational and industrial– would not have occurred.

It occurs to us to wonder, however, what Jack would have thought about the intensive, nearly strangling controls that we have accepted in trade for the moderate legal tolerances we we have achieved for access to this benevolent plant. In an era of burdensome and costly licensing, regulation, batch tracking and child proofing that we all are blithely accepting in exchange for this tolerance, were Jack here right now he might be the one trying to remind us– like the charming and wonderful children’s educational book of the same title— that “it’s just a plant.”

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