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:

This Rehab Clinic Lets Patients Smoke Marijuana

It's called Cannabis-Inclusive Treatment and the controversial program is making headlines across the country for allowing patients to smoke marijuana.

Will I Get High From Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke?

Is it really possible to feel the intoxicating effects of weed by just inhaling some second-hand marijuana smoke? Find out.

You’ll Never Guess: The Best Time To Buy Legal Marijuana

The worst thing about shopping is the line. You want to do is pick up your legal marijuana and split, but the guy in front of you is taking forever.

7 Household Products Every Marijuana Lover Needs

The marijuana lover has no need to spend a penny for their every day cannabis needs – just find these items in your drawers or cupboards.

How To Make A Marijuana Tea That Will Please Everyone

Infusing tea with marijuana has been around since 2737 B.C. when China’s Emperor Sheng Neng prescribed the concoction to combat a host of maladies.

The Ultimate Summer Reading For The Cannabis Enthusiast

Whether you plan on heading to the beach or the backyard, you will want to bring along a few books to keep you company in your favorite lounging chair.

Unconventional Medicine: Cannabis Suppositories

When it comes to cannabis delivery systems, is the posterior superior? Related Story: How I...

Study: Putting People In Jail Will Not Keep Them Off Drugs

As America's opioid abuse crisis escalates, some are extolling the virtues of a "Tough On Crime" agenda and calling for more jail time for drug offenders.

Banks And Marijuana: Will They Stop Doing Business With The Jacob Javits Center Too?

America's banking industry is thumbing its collective nose at the multi-billion dollar cannabis industry. What's the deal with banks and marijuana anyway?

Cannabis Pro-Tips: 8 Ways To Properly Store Marijuana For Freshness

When it comes to how you store marijuana, the do's and don'ts are pretty basic. But the guidelines can vary depending many things.