Mikel Weisser’s Death Leaves a Gaping Void in Arizona’s Cannabis Community A major activist, advocate, and community leader is gone - what now?

Mikel Weisser, a long-time political advocate focused on marijuana reform, died this week. The New Times reported he experienced back pain while performing yard work at home. His wife rushed him to the hospital, where he died of complications from a heart attack.

Mikel Weisser NORML

Weisser worked with Smart and Safe Arizona before becoming Arizona NORML’s State Director in 2015. Heading into the 2016 election, he was a leading figure attempting to unify the divisive cannabis community around recreational marijuana legalization.

He’s run for Congress on several occasions, and I have several recorded interviews I did with him that I’ll dig through my archives this month to see if there’s anything worth publishing.

Weisser was a tireless activist and advocate of drug reform, not just in Arizona, but around the region. I met him in Los Angeles while touring cannabis events around Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and California. I also talked to him in Vegas a few times.

He was a well-spoken man, friendly, full of energy, and extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of cannabis. He had a true passion for it, and we shared several bowls over the years. The amount of work he put into everything will leave a definite void in the community.

Mikel Weisser is an irreplaceable force. It’s going to take dozens of people to replace the impact he had on the cannabis community. He’s one of the people responsible for Smart & Safe, the current recreational legalization initiative heading for the 2020 Arizona ballot.

MITA AZ’s May 14, 2020 meeting was delayed until next week in memorium of Weisser. I know I’m far from the only person who notices the void he’s leaving in the community.

Weisser was a pivotal part of the Arizona cannabis community. He was a leader and one-man street team. He represented Arizona at every cannabis event, and he knew what Arizona’s patients wanted because he personally worked with as many of them as possible.

He spoke around the state and met with everyone to learn whatever he could about the community needs. Whatever cannabis industry plant replaces Weisser will not bring the same level of commitment Weisser did to the role. It’s up to us as a community to keep pushing for the drug reform he wanted.

Mikel Weisser will be dearly missed, not just by the cannabis industry, but by the community at large. His life stands as a bar we should all work to acheive.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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