Norway’s former Foreign Minister Thorvald Stoltenberg to receive Cannabis Culture Award 2012 in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, 26 April 2012 – Norway’s Former Foreign Minister Thorvald Stoltenberg is to accept the 2012 Cannabis Culture Award on behalf of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

The other 2012 winners include Dr. Lester Grinspoon (Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School) and Dr. Frederick Polak (one of the Netherlands’ most experienced and respected psychiatrists in the area of drug use).

The 2012 Cannabis Culture Awards are to be presented by former Dutch Prime minister Dries van Agt. After the Awards ceremony, former Dutch Minister of Science, Public Health and Culture, Hedy d’Ancona will officially open the newly renovated Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum.

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Since 2004, the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Amsterdam has conferred Cannabis Culture Awards upon individuals and organisations that that distinguish themselves in the international movement to promote the acceptance of cannabis in all its forms and to reintroduce medicinal marijuana and industrial hemp to modern society.

In previous years, the Cannabis Culture Awards have been presented to former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Dries van Agt, poet and author Simon Vinkenoog and the American political and cannabis activist Jack Herer.

International Prize for an International Issue

The Cannabis Culture Awards are now an international event. Two weeks after the ceremony in Amsterdam, two additional Awards will be granted in Barcelona.

Fernanda de la Figuera (renowned Spanish cannabis activist) and Todd McCormick (famous American author, photographer, cannabis activist) will each receive a Cannabis Culture Award at a ceremony in Barcelona on May 9th, 2012.

The Award ceremony will coincide with the opening of Spain’s first Hemp Museum Gallery, which is situated in the beautiful Palau Mornau in Barcelona.

A Moral Obligation

In 2012, the importance of the Cannabis Culture Awards is greater than ever. Even though some nations and states are moving towards the decriminalisation of cannabis,  repression, stigmatisation and punishment of cannabis users is still considered normal in a majority of countries. Fortunately, there is a counter movement – influential public figures and organisations who argue that reason, justice and humanity must prevail over political objectives.

Aiming to Change the World

For over 25 years, the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Amsterdam has provided a unique exhibition which shows the past, present and future of the cannabis plant – its role as a medicine, as a source of textiles and paper, and its importance to shipping, agriculture and industry.

The Museum’s  collection is composed of rare artefacts related to all aspects of cannabis history and culture, which founder Ben Dronkers has been gathering from around the world over the last 40 years.

Due to overwhelming public interest in the subject of cannabis, a sister-museum will be opened in Spain on May 9th 2012 – the Hemp Museum Gallery Barcelona.

The Hemp Museums in Amsterdam and Barcelona will educate and entertain anyone who wishes to know more about the fascinating plant that is cannabis – the vital  role it has played in our past and the role it can play in our future.

More information about the Cannabis Culture Awards 2012 can be found here.

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