Jack Herer – the unseen footage is the first part of the SensiBilisation series. This series, presented by Sensi Seeds, gets off to a flying start with a number of episodes featuring never before seen footage of Jack Herer, who travelled to the Netherlands in 1990 to visit his good friend Ben Dronkers. One night they spontaneously decided to film their conversation.
Part 2 – Lying by omission
In this, part 2 of the series, Herer emphasizes the importance of freedom of choice. And that rather than trying to prove that cannabis is harmful – something that close to 100 years’ worth of research has been unable to do – it is synthetic medicines that should have to prove that they are LESS harmful than cannabis.
It is no coincidence that Jack Herer is the star of these first episodes. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of the most award-winning strain ever: Jack Herer from Sensi Seeds. Ben Dronkers named this strain after the famous cannabis crusader in order to honour all the work his friend has done for the cannabis community.
We hope you will enjoy this blast from the past.
The Sensi Team
A conversation between Jack Herer and Ben Dronkers: more information about this series
In 1990, cannabis activist and author Jack Herer visited his good friend Ben Dronkers, the founder of Sensi Seeds, HempFlax and the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum. They spent some time just hanging out, talking, and of course smoking joints, in the Cannabis College (the free information centre just along the canal from the Sensi Seed Bank in Amsterdam). As is often the case with this kind of meeting of minds, the topic of conversation turned to their shared passion and field of expertise – cannabis.
Thankfully for everyone who has followed in their footsteps since, large parts of this erudite evening were recorded on video. The footage remained in the Sensi Seeds archives, unedited and virtually forgotten, until being rediscovered in 2014. Now re-mastered and edited into episodes, sections of the conversation between these two giants of cannabis can be viewed on the Sensi Seeds video channels.
Drawing on their separate yet closely-related cannabis careers for specific topics to cover, Ben Dronkers opens up relevant areas of discussion and simply gives his much-loved and highly respected comrade-in-arms the space to relate his experiences and opinions. Everything from cannabis prohibition, to the importance of choosing “intelligent self-medication”, to the time Jack Herer phoned the US Department of Agriculture and tried to persuade them to grow hemp, is covered in this fascinating, informative, personal and often funny conversation.
These video clips will be of interest to everyone who has read The Emperor Wears No Clothes, cannabis activists and campaigners, pop culture and pot culture historians alike. During this candid conversation Jack Herer, a man who was used to commanding the attention of crowds of thousands when he spoke at hemp festivals, marijuana protests and cannabis competitions, shows a more personal, yet equally compelling, side of himself. His passion and dedication to the cause of cannabis liberation is perhaps even more obvious in this cosy, intimate setting; speaking to no audience other than an old friend, and the camera, his sense of humour also shines through in a way that was not always possible when he was onstage, educating the masses and advocating full cannabis legalization.
Summarized Transcript of SensiBilisation Jack Herer – The Unseen Footage Part 2
(Captions) Jack Herer visited his friend Ben Dronkers in 1990. An interview ensued, but was never released. Until now…
Jack Herer: I think most people just never knew this information, as you said, Ben. And I think most of the people are basically decent and honest, they just literally didn’t know.
Alan [Dronkers, son of Ben] and I were at a museum where the guy [a bookshop cashier] knew the information, but none of the curators knew! The guy at the bookshop knew all of this information. He should probably be the curator. But the curators didn’t want to know this information. So the kids go in, and there’s no info. “What is this ship made of?” They eliminate [information]. They did it from the Smithsonian in the USA, they’ve done it from your museums.
All this fibre, all these ropes, all this cloth, plus most of the books… [were made from hemp]
Ben Dronkers : Nothing was mentioned about it.
Jack Herer: They should’ve just delineated in one place that [these things were] made from hemp. Instead, all you see is a model of what [the artefact] looked like but weren’t told from what it was made. But if you study native people: Ah, this was made from buffalo skin, this was made from sheep skin, this was made from this type of cloth…
Ben Dronkers – They don’t tell people anything about hemp. That’s weird, isn’t it?
(Caption) To be continued…