At the 12th High Times Cannabis Cup, Gideon Israel received the Freedom Fighter of the Year Award 1999.
Gideon Israel, is a marijuana law reform advocate who has been holding public gatherings at Rainbow Valley, his 42-acre property, every year for more than a decade.
The High Times Freedom Fighters was a marijuana legalization group started in 1987. They injected life into the legalization movement, forged a new generation of activists, and created a number of events around the country. After the group disbanded, High Times continued to name a Freedom Fighter of the Month in every issue of the magazine, as well as an annual Freedom Fighter of the Year, who is always crowned at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam.