Al Olson

Al Olson is a journalist with nearly 40 years of experience in mainstream print and online media. He has spent the past six years reporting and studying the cannabis industry. Olson began his journalism career working at a handful of daily newspapers in California, including the San Jose Mercury News, where he was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989. In 1995, he left the world of print journalism to help the launch of MSNBC.com as one of its founding editors. He spent most of the past 19 years pioneering online journalism at NBC.com, CNBC.com and TODAY.com. In 2014, he was named the first Cannabis Editor for CNBC. "As a young journalist, two of my heroes were Walter Cronkite and Hunter S. Thompson. I admired Cronkite's integrity and Thompson's dramatic flair,” said Olson. “Although these two journalists were on opposite ends of the news spectrum, both understood that the War on Drugs was a colossal failure."

Author’s recent posts:

Marijuana Is Mainstream: Check Out This Cool Commercial For A Vape

You know marijuana is mainstream when an ad agency with a client list that boasts Disney, Nestles, AT&T and VW creates a TV commercial for a cannabis brand.

Trump Admin’s Anti-Marijuana Stance Is Leading To Record Marijuana Sales

Colorado is continuing to set record marijuana sales — $235 million for the first two months of 2017, up 30 percent from the same period in 2016.

Philly Mayor Kenney: Pennsylvania Should Legalize Marijuana

“The real solution to this is legalizing it in the state of Pennsylvania as they did in Colorado. We won’t have to use police resources in these kinds of activities and actions.”

Watch Marijuana Help This Girl With Cerebral Palsy And Autism

Kara, 17, suffers from cerebral palsy, and autism. By the age of 4, she exhibited self-injurious behavior and by 6, the self-abuse became a daily.

Marijuana ‘Microdosing’? What Is It And How Do I Do It?

Is today’s weed stronger than what was available a generation ago? Yes. Are today’s cannabis-infused...

West Virginia Becomes 29th State To Allow Medical Marijuana

“How could you turn your back on a loved one who is suffering?" With that West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed the Medical Cannabis Act.

Why Patrick Kennedy Is Leading The Fight Against Marijuana Legalization

Patrick Kennedy made headlines again earlier this week when he claimed that marijuna legalization is a "Trojan horse." Who is this guy?

Study: Parents Are Consuming Marijuana In Front Of Their Kids With Little Issue

Nearly half of American parents who use cannabis say they have consumed it in front of their adult children or shared it with them.

Here Are The Differences Between Sativa, Indica And Hybrid Marijuana

It's probably the first item in the Unofficial Cannabis 101 Curriculum: What is sativa? What is indica? What is a hybrid?

Holy Herb: Inside Denver’s International Church Of Cannabis

On April 20, the annual holiday for cannabis lovers, Elevationists will for the first time open the doors to The International Church of Cannabis in Denver.