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:

Washington State Teens Are No Longer Partying With Booze And Marijuana: But Why?

Nearly three out of four Washington State 10th graders say they have not touched cannabis or marijuana in the past month.

See What Happens When A Rabbi, A Priest And An Atheist Smoke Weed Together

The video has been viewed more than 1.3 million times on YouTube. Not only are people watching it, they are sharing it and talking about it.

Yes Please! Someone Donated A Cooler Filled With Marijuana To Goodwill

Most of us go to Goodwill to donate — or buy — vintage clothing, used furniture, old books and the like. Marijuana? Not so much.

Did You Know That Marijuana Can Give You Night Vision?

Nearly 20 years ago, it was reported that fishermen in Jamaica experienced "an uncanny ability to see in the dark" after a cannabis smoking session.

Despite Anti-Marijuana Rhetoric, Jeff Sessions Isn’t Changing Anything

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions created a lot of buzz on Wednesday by claiming marijuana use is “only slightly less awful” than heroin addiction.

The Trudeau Effect: Canadian Medical Marijuana Patients Have Quadrupled

When Justin Trudeau became Canada's prime minister in October 2015, and by December of 2016 there were 129,876 qualified marijuana patients.

If You Use Marijuana, The Feds Can Now Take Away Your Unemployment Benefits

The Senate will repeal a rule that limits the ability to deny UE because of random drug testing, you could lose your EU because of marijuana use.

Hawaii Lawmakers: ‘Marijuana’ Rooted In Racial Stereotypes, Call It Cannabis

Hawaii Sen. Mike Gabbard vehemently opposes the word "marijuana." It is a “slang term” that has “prejudicial implications rooted in racial stereotypes.”

Feds Want To Know: Are Teens Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

For the past decade, studies demonstrate that teenagers are using drugs at a lower rate and experts have struggled to pinpoint the reason.

Marijuana Vending Machine Firm Caught In Stock Sham

It's the SEC that is doing the investigating — and it has found one marijuana vending machine company engaging in stock shenanigans.