Awarded And Honored People
At the 17th High Times Cannabis Cup, Eddy Lepp received the Freedom Fighter of the Year Award 2004.
Eddy Lepp, Rastafarian minister and Vietnam War veteran was choosen as Freedom Fighter because of his involvement in medical marijuana. In August 2004 the infamous Lepp raid took place. Following seizure of over 32,000 plants from his Lake County, California property, and his arrest. While free on bail a federal judge allowed Lepp to leave the United States and go to Amsterdam to receive the Freedom Fighter Of The Year 2004 Award. The lawsuit took several years but in 2009 Lepp was convicted and sentenced to federal prison for a minimum ten year sentence.
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.