The Cannabis Culture Awards are offered by the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum Amsterdam to the people who have been prominent in accepting cannabis in all of its forms and have been fighting to show that this plant has an interesting history that has to be known and a future where is it positively utilized. At a time when drug policies are punitive and tolerance is not at the heart of legislation, it is more important than ever to honour the people who have fought to make a difference the perception and use of cannabis. The influential individuals who receive the awards fight for reasonable, fair and humane political objectives.
The Cannabis Culture Awards ceremony takes place in Amsterdam and Barcelona and offers to the winners a certificate and a monetary award of 3000 euros.
The Awards took place for the first time in 2004 by philanthropist Ben Dronkers in order to reward people who have made important contributions to the world of cannabis and hemp. Some of the previous winners are Dries van Agt, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, poet Simon Vinkenoog, activist Jack Herer, author Ed Rosenthal and entrepreneur Henk de Vries.
The winners of 2012 include Frederick Polak M.D. Psych. , Fernanda de la Figuera, Todd McCormick, Dr. Lester Grinspoon , Sir Richard Branson and Thorvald Stoltenberg. Sir Richard Branson accepted the Cannabis Culture Award in Spain on behalf of the Global Commission on Drug Policy as a recognition of his commitment and passion towards advocating for drug policies that respect the dignity and human rights of all.