Nico is currently a partner and the chief cannabis officer at HIGH TIMES. Nico has also served as our cultivation editor for the past 11 years as well as the competition director for all HT Cannabis Cup competitions since 2010. 

In 2014, Nico founded the Cannabis Genetics Institute (CGI) in the Netherlands, opening a medically licensed R&D facility that same year in San Francisco. Currently working with notable labs such as Steep Hill in Berkeley, CA and the Cannabis Genomics Initiative at the University of Boulder, CO, CGI is at the forefront of genetic research aimed at reinvigorating the cannabis gene pool as well as developing ailment-specific, custom-bred genetics to the legal and medical marijuana markets. Nico also operates a private, seed-to-sale consulting business that helps build legal cannabis businesses within the North American cannabis industry.