Marc and Jodie EmeryMarc and Jodie Emery

Jodie and Marc Emery are currently the best-known celebrity cannabis couple in the world, thanks to their tireless campaigning.

Howard Marks Howard Marks

Howard Marks, a.k.a. Mr Nice, is one of the most public examples of free enterprise and goodwill in the cannabis industry, a forefather of cannabis.

Spuiten en SlikkenSpuiten en Slikken

Spuiten & Slikken is an influential BNN programme, and exemplary in opening up discussions about cannabis and its politics to the general public.

Frits BolkesteinFrits Bolkestein

Frits Bolkestein is one of the most prominent and successful Dutch liberal politicians, and outspoken advocate of the regulation of drug trade.

Richard BransonRichard Branson

Entrepeneur Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, accepted the award on behalf of The Global Commission on Drug Policy.

Jack HererJack Herer

Jack Herer (USA, 1939-2010) was the author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, the 'bible of hemp knowledge', and tireless activist for cannabis and hemp.

Dries van AgtDries van Agt

Dries van Agt (NL, 1931) was Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1977 to 1982 and responsible for the Dutch Tolerance Policy.

Lester GrinspoonLester Grinspoon

Lester Grinspoon (USA, 1928) is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and outspoken proponent of cannabis.

Global Commission on Drug PolicyGlobal Commission on Drug Policy

The Global Commission on Drug Policy was represented by Thorvald Stoltenberg and Richard Branson.

Fernanda de la Figuera  accepting the Cannabis Culture Awards 2012Fernanda de la Figuera  accepting the Cannabis Culture Awards 2012

The Spanish Fernanda de la Figuera has been a renowned cannabis activist since 1973, when she grew her first crop in Madrid.

Frederik PolakFrederik Polak

Frederik Polak M.D. Psych is considered as the most experienced and respected Dutch psychiatrist in the field of drug use. 

Todd McCormickTodd McCormick

Todd McCormick is a prominent and respected activist for medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp in the United States of America. 

Thorvald StoltenbergThorvald Stoltenberg

The Global Commission on Drug Policy was represented by Thorvald Stoltenberg, former defense- and foreign minister of Norway and UN Ambassador.

Hans-Georg BehrHans-Georg Behr

Austrian psychiatrist Hans-Georg Behr (AT, 1937-2010) was a Green Party parliamentarian, history professor and prolific writer.

Simon VinkenoogSimon Vinkenoog

Dutch writer, poet and artist Simon Vinkenoog (NL, 1928-2009) was a lifelong advocate of cannabis legalization and many of his poems refer to the plant.

Ed RosenthalEd Rosenthal

The horticulturist, author and publisher, Ed Rosenthal (USA, 1944) was awarded for his achievements in the field of medicinal marijuana.

Eagle Bill AmatoEagle Bill Amato

Eagle Bill Amato (US, 1942 –2005) received the award for his pioneering work on improving and promoting cannabis vaporization. 

Henk de VriesHenk de Vries

Henk de Vries (NL, 1950) is regarded as one of the most important and influential cannabis entrepreneurs in the Netherlands.