These Are The Champions
Since its beginning T.H.Seeds® has been on the cutting edge of the New School Cannabis Genetics. Born at a time when almost everything in Amsterdam was a mix of Northern Lights, Skunk and Shiva in various proportions, T.H. Seeds® has worked long and hard to bring new stable varieties onto the market. T.H.Seeds® was the seed company responsible for bringing the Original Bubblegum™ from the States, and was the first to sell the Bubblegum™ seeds (see New York Times, Feb. 1994). These Bubble Gum™ genetics helped numerous Coffeeshops win many High Times Cannabis Cups over the years.
Following the Bubble Gum™, T.H.Seeds® brought the S.A.G.E. ™(Sativa Afghani Genetic Equilibrium™) from the high mountains of central California to Holland. Named "S.A.G.E."™ because of its distinctive spicy smell and taste, this plant's Haze-y flavor and high will fool you into thinking it is a pure Haze variety. But when you grow it you will not experience the low yields of all other Haze varieties. The large yields you get come from the Afghani side, but without overpowering this plant's superior Haze flavor. For two years the THC percentage of the 50 varieties entered by all the coffeeshops and seed companies entered in the High Times Cannabis Cup was established. The S.A.G.E.™ scored 3rd(1998), and 2nd(1999) highest THC with over 20%. Both years this THC ranking was higher then any of the Coffeeshop or Seed Company Cannabis Cup winners! And the one year (1999) the S.A.G.E.™ water hash was entered in the Cannabis Cup it won again.
At the 18th High Times Cannabis Cup, Alex White Plume received the Freedom Fighter of the Year Award 2005.
Alex White Plume (born 1952) is the former Vice-President and Tribal President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, located in South Dakota of the United States. After considerable research, in 1998 the Oglala Sioux Tribe passed an ordinance to allow the cultivation of low-THC hemp on the reservation. The market for the crop was high around the world, and it is a sustainable product with a short growing season. He is reportedly the only farmer to date to openly plant, cultivate, and produce cannabis-related crops within the borders of the United States since they were prohibited by federal anti-drug laws in 1968.
White Plume thought that the tribe's sovereignty on its land would enable him to grow the crop. However Federal DEA agents made a surprise raid on his field in 2002 and destroyed his crops. In August 2002, he was served with eight civil charges by the US District Attorney related to the hemp cultivation, and a court order prohibiting continued growing of the crop. Although he has appealed, the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the DEA, while acknowledging that its registration process could be a burden and that hemp might be a good crop for the Pine Ridge Reservation.
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.
The Counterculture Hall of Fame was created in 1997 by High Times Editor Steven Hager. The purpose of the Hall of Fame was to help focus ceremonies at the annual Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, and to celebrate the history of the counterculture by recognizing its saints. The inductions are done in Amsterdam every year on Thanksgiving as part of the Cannabis Cup awards show. Often a documentary film is shown to introduce the inductee(s) to the audience. A silver Cannabis Cup is awarded as part of the induction ceremony.
The Rainbow Family of Living Light (commonly shortened to the Rainbow Family) is a loosely affiliated group of individuals committed to principles of non-violence and egalitarianism. They put on events known as Rainbow Gatherings.