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Mikel Weisser

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Managing editor, Mikel Weisser is Arizona state director of NORML. A former congressional candidate, Weisser helped draft Arizona's 2016 legalization initiative. He has a Masters in English from the University of Illinois at Springfield and a Masters in Secondary Education from Northern Arizona University. He lives with his wife and daughter in So-Hi, AZ.

The cannabis testing industry, weed’s next billion-dollar baby

A new report is being made available that suggests cannabis testing is on its way to becoming a major player in the coming cannabis economy. The report, created by MarketsandMarkets.com claims the testing industry...

Italians planting hemp to repair polluted soil

Italian farmers reclaiming land around a dioxin contaminated steel plant are the latest to use hemp to cure the land itself. The technique is called “phytoremediation.” It means using plants to remove contaminants, like heavy...

New NFF Group Plans to Add Millions to Bolster NCIA DC Push

Acknowledging the need for a more aggressive response to possible Justice Department action, and the need to push for IRS changes to 280e, a well-heeled select group of mostly-Colorado-based recreational marijuana interests has formed a new...

“Wrecked Weed,” Oregon recalls pesticide-tainted adult-use marijuana

The cannabiz press is abuzz after yet another tainted batch of marijuana turned up on dispensary shelves, this time in Oregon, prompting another cannabis recall. Monday, March 20th, Eric Mortenson of Oregon’s Capitol Press broke...

“Oops!” California dispensaries owe millions in taxes

As the state’s marijuana industry prepares for their pending heavily-regulated, seven billion-dollar market, the state’s Board of Equalization announced its quarterly list of state top 500 tax cheats. This round the list includes 13...

Survey says: Folks prefer marijuana over … most anything

Multiple news sources took notice this week of a new survey from the Cannabiz Consumer Group (no relation) that shows in legal states, cannabis users consciously consume less alcohol in favor of weed. Cannabiz...

PA Green Rush deadline nears, applications flood in

As the state of Pennsylvania began accepting cannabiz applications this month, many are hoping the opening of a regulated state medical marijuana program will be the next bonanza that bolsters the state’s sagging economy....

Federal cannabis convictions fall fifth year in a row

This week, the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s release of 2016 Federal Crime Statistics showed continuing good news for cannabis users. Since 2012, annual federal cannabis convictions have dropped by almost half. For the fifth straight year,...

Study: “Fake weed” associated with health risk behaviors

“Spice,” “bath salts,” “K2,” “herbal incense,” “synthetic cannabinoids" (or "SCs") whatever you call them, any true cannabis consumer knows fake weed is bunk and should be avoided at all costs. Now scientists are proving...

Fifty-one bills and counting …

Hats off to Scott Liles, the courageous reporter from rural Baxter County, Arkansas (about 30 miles south and east of Branson, Missouri). Liles must have spent the past months locked in the basement at...

Aussies issue first cultivation license for new medical program

This week, at the same time the Australian state of South Australia reported its parliament intends to approve commercial cultivation of hemp, Australia’s Ministry of Health and Sport announced the country’s Office of Drug...

Civil war won, Colombia goes to pot

For more than a half century, the South American country of Colombia produced some of the best weed on the planet: Colombian Gold, a landrace sativa once smuggled across US borders by the ton....