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But let’s at least try to honor the true pioneers.
Watson’s journey began in Santa Cruz, California, in the 1970s, where he was linked to two of the earliest cannabis breeding outfits to ever gain notoriety—the Haze Brothers and Sacred Seed Collective.
The short answer is that it all started with a provocation.
Veteran cannabis journalist David Bienenstock is the author of “How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High” (2016 – Penguin/Random House), and the co-host and co-creator of the podcast “Great Moments in Weed History with Abdullah and Bean.” Follow him on Twitter @pot_handbook.
But Danko credits David “Sam the Skunkman” Watson, an American ex-pat, with setting up the country’s first proper cannabis seed bank. The Skunkman also earned a spot in Leafly’s list of five cannabis breeders who changed the game:
In the 1970s, Dutch seed banks began producing and distributing untold millions of high quality cannabis seeds. As a result, the Netherlands became the ultimate cannabis melting pot, a literal breeding ground where strains from Afghanistan and Morocco were crossed with strains from Thailand and Mexico, with the best of these hybrids going on to become international sensations once their seeds reached underground growers operating in every corner of the globe.
According to Danny Danko, author of Cannabis: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Marijuana, and the brains behind High Times magazine’s annual Seed Bank Hall of Fame inductions, the Provos kick-started Amsterdam’s seed scene by selling “beans” over-the-counter at their Afrikaanse Druk Store in the late 1960s.
Those first-generation seed merchants didn’t just proliferate classic strains, they also developed new varieties. Soon Neterweed—as the Dutch called their domestically grown cannabis—made Amsterdam’s coffeeshops a dream destination for cannabis enthusiasts of every nation. Many were all-too-delighted to discover they could buy seeds of their favorite strains and smuggle them home as a prized souvenir.
Cannabis didn’t exist at the time—it was all hashish. The hashish back then came from Morocco or Afghanistan. Marijuana was not brought into Holland because it was too bulky—too difficult to smuggle. So the only thing you could get in those days was either hashish or what they called ‘lowland weed’ [i.e. hemp] which is no good to smoke…. We thought: Why smoke hashish when we can grow the best weed here in Amsterdam?
The Netherlands in the ’60s was a hotbed for cannabis activism, leading to the formation of seed banks—places to store and share cannabis genetics. Read how this small country played a big part in the history of cannabis.
But let’s at least try to honor the true pioneers. Watson’s journey began in Santa Cruz, California, in the 1970s, where he was linked to two of the