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Fargo lab keeps 'Wild West' of hemp and marijuana industry in line


October 11, 2021

Kia Mikesh, CEO of Adams Independent Testing, is seen in her south Fargo office Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (Helmut Schmidt)

FARGO - In the "Wild West" that is America's hemp industry, Kia Mikesh is one of the sheriffs.

Mikesh is the CEO of Adams Independent Testing, which dove into testing hemp in 2019 after growing it was legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill. The firm also tests medical marijuana for the state of North Dakota.

The company, in the industrial park on Fargo's south side, has about 300 customers planted around the United States.


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