These Are The Champions
At the 14th High Times Cannabis Cup, Vivian McPeak received the Freedom Fighter of the Year Award 2001.
Vivian McPeak is a Pacific Northwest based musician and social justice activist. As the executive director of the world's largest cannabis policy reform rally, the Seattle Hempfest, McPeak has helped influence regional cannabis policies.
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.
At the 25th High Times Cannabis Cup Wernard Bruining received the Dutch Masters Award 2012. This is an award given by High Times to those who have made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the cannabis community.
Wernard Bruining opened the first coffeeshop in Amsterdam, Mellow Yellow in 1973. He introduced sinsemilla cultivation in the Netherlands in 1980 and started the first Dutch seeds company, Lowland Seed Co. in 1981. His shop Positronics (1985 - 1997), was the first growshop in Europe.