It's the 25th year that the coffeeshops of Amsterdam have braced themselves for the influx of marijuana-lovers that find their way to the city of green for the High Times Cannabis Cup. Each November since 1987, the Cup has sought to grade the greatest ganja, and recognize the finest genetics bred by the artists of the marijuana industry, the breeders. The High Times Cannabis Cup also offers world-class lineup of live music and comedy, and an expo for the best of the newest marijuana-related products on the market.
Since 1997, High Times have also honored those individuals who epitomize the counter-culture movement; those who stand as hero's for the masses disillusioned with the mainstream. The Counter Culture Hall of Fame includes such individuals as Jack Kerouac, Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong; and in this, it's anniversary year, the honoree is the man who started it all: journalist, cannabis activist and Cannabis Cup founder, Steve Hager.
Hager became the first editor in the world to recognise and publish the work of renowned activist,'emperor of hemp', Jack Herer, in 1984, and also created the 'Freedom Fighters', the first group dedicated to the legalization of hemp. As well as words from Hager, the Cup boasts numerous talks from legendary experts in the cannabis community, including Soma of Soma Seeds, and cultivation masters Swerve and Donny Danko.