At the 19th High Times Cannabis Cup, Richard Lee received the Freedom Fighter of the Year Award 2006.
Richard Lee is a leader with Tax Cannabis 2010. He is also executive director of Oaksterdam University, "a major medical marijuana dispensary and advocacy group" based in Oakland. Lee founded the Bulldog Coffeeshop and Café Blue Sky, which is one of Oakland's four permitted cannabis dispensaries.
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.