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Cannabis Culture Awards 2014 in Amsterdam

On the 27th of November 2014 the annual Cannabis Culture Awards were presented to world-famous icons of cannabis culture Howard 'Mister Nice' Marks of Wales (Great Britain), and 'Prince and Princess of Pot' Marc and Jodie Emery of Canada.

The presentation took place in the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum and was hosted by Michael Schaap.

Read more about this, once again, historic day here.

Cannabis Culture Award winners

Marc and Jodie EmeryMarc and Jodie Emery

Jodie and Marc Emery are currently the best-known celebrity cannabis couple in the world, thanks to their tireless campaigning.

Howard Marks Howard Marks

Howard Marks, a.k.a. Mr Nice, is one of the most public examples of free enterprise and goodwill in the cannabis industry, a forefather of cannabis.

Spuiten en SlikkenSpuiten en Slikken

Spuiten & Slikken is an influential BNN programme, and exemplary in opening up discussions about cannabis and its politics to the general public.

Frits BolkesteinFrits Bolkestein

Frits Bolkestein is one of the most prominent and successful Dutch liberal politicians, and outspoken advocate of the regulation of drug trade.

Richard BransonRichard Branson

Entrepeneur Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, accepted the award on behalf of The Global Commission on Drug Policy.

Jack HererJack Herer

Jack Herer (USA, 1939-2010) was the author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, the 'bible of hemp knowledge', and tireless activist for cannabis and hemp.

Dries van AgtDries van Agt

Dries van Agt (NL, 1931) was Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1977 to 1982 and responsible for the Dutch Tolerance Policy.

Lester GrinspoonLester Grinspoon

Lester Grinspoon (USA, 1928) is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and outspoken proponent of cannabis.

Global Commission on Drug PolicyGlobal Commission on Drug Policy

The Global Commission on Drug Policy was represented by Thorvald Stoltenberg and Richard Branson.

Fernanda de la Figuera  accepting the Cannabis Culture Awards 2012Fernanda de la Figuera  accepting the Cannabis Culture Awards 2012

The Spanish Fernanda de la Figuera has been a renowned cannabis activist since 1973, when she grew her first crop in Madrid.

Frederik PolakFrederik Polak

Frederik Polak M.D. Psych is considered as the most experienced and respected Dutch psychiatrist in the field of drug use. 

Todd McCormickTodd McCormick

Todd McCormick is a prominent and respected activist for medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp in the United States of America. 

Thorvald StoltenbergThorvald Stoltenberg

The Global Commission on Drug Policy was represented by Thorvald Stoltenberg, former defense- and foreign minister of Norway and UN Ambassador.

Hans-Georg BehrHans-Georg Behr

Austrian psychiatrist Hans-Georg Behr (AT, 1937-2010) was a Green Party parliamentarian, history professor and prolific writer.

Simon VinkenoogSimon Vinkenoog

Dutch writer, poet and artist Simon Vinkenoog (NL, 1928-2009) was a lifelong advocate of cannabis legalization and many of his poems refer to the plant.

Ed RosenthalEd Rosenthal

The horticulturist, author and publisher, Ed Rosenthal (USA, 1944) was awarded for his achievements in the field of medicinal marijuana.

Eagle Bill AmatoEagle Bill Amato

Eagle Bill Amato (US, 1942 –2005) received the award for his pioneering work on improving and promoting cannabis vaporization. 

Henk de VriesHenk de Vries

Henk de Vries (NL, 1950) is regarded as one of the most important and influential cannabis entrepreneurs in the Netherlands.

Past events

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On 27th November 2014 a unique company gathered together in the packed-to-capacity Hemp Gallery in Amsterdam for the presentation of the Cannabis Culture Awards 2014.

Frits Bolkestein (VVD), Dries van Agt (CDA), and Hedy dAncona (PvdA) on one stage Frits Bolkestein (VVD), Dries van Agt (CDA), and Hedy dAncona (PvdA) on one stage

The ninth edition of the cannabis culture awards was held Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, in the Bethaniënklooster in Amsterdam.

Cannabis Culture Awards 2012 statement by Richard BransonCannabis Culture Awards 2012 statement by Richard Branson

The Cannabis Culture Awards 2012 were awarded in both Amsterdam and Barcelona. In Barcelona, winner Richard Branson stated that legal cannabis could solve Spain’s economic crisis and that the move regarding the Weedpass in the Netherlands was a mistake.

Cannabis Culture Awards 2012Cannabis Culture Awards 2012

The Cannabis Culture Awards 2012 were awarded in both Amsterdam and Barcelona. During a festive and moving ceremony in Amsterdam, two former statesmen, Mr. Thorvald Stoltenberg and Mr. Dries van Agt, expressed their hope for a future without cannabis prohibition.

Cannabis Culture Awards 2009Cannabis Culture Awards 2009

"This would never happen in another country - a cannabis event that begins in a monastery and ends in an art gallery, attended by politicians and VIPs - it would be impossible!" exclaims a Swedish visitor at the unveiling of the Cannabis Culture Award 2009.

Ben Dronkers, Simon Vinkenoog and Green SinterklaasBen Dronkers, Simon Vinkenoog and Green Sinterklaas

Dutch writer, poet and artist Simon Vinkenoog (NL, 1928-2009) accepted the Cannabis Cultuurprijs from Ben Dronkers during the opening ceremony of the Hemp Gallery in 2008.

Ed RosenthalEd Rosenthal

Internationally respected for his botanical knowledge and his exemplary engagement in the battle for the acceptance of medicinal marihuana, Ed Rosenthal was choosen as a winner in 2007.

Jack HererJack Herer

Jack Herer's groundbreaking research and his tireless campaining for legalisation of the cannabis plant was rewarded at the Cannabis Culture Awards 2006.

Eagle Bill AmatoEagle Bill Amato

The Cannabis Culture Awards 2005 choose to honour an enigmatic and inspiring person in the field of medicinal marihuana, the 'Godfather of Vapor' Eagle Bill Amato.

Henk de VriesHenk de Vries

During the first edition of the Cannabis Culture Awards one of Holland's most succesfull cannabis entrepeneurs was honoured with an award.

About the awards

Cannabis Culture Awards | introductionCannabis Culture Awards | introduction

The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum Amsterdam/Barcelona confers the Cannabis Culture Awards to those who have taken a place - whether high or low profile - at the frontline of the struggle for acceptance of cannabis in all of its forms.

About us

Richard BransonRichard Branson

The Cannabis Culture Awards are an initiative of Dutch entrepreneur and philanthropist Ben Dronkers. Amongst many things, Dronkers is director of the Hash Marihuana & Hemp museums in Amsterdam and Barcelona, which present a permanent exhibition on the history and use of cannabis around the world. Both museums organize and host the award ceremonies.

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