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:

Latest International Health Scare: The Killer Hickey

A seemingly innocent "love bite," or hickey, on the neck turned into a kiss of death for a Mexico teen--a cautionary tale, to be sure.

How The Charlotte’s Web Marijuana Strain Helped My Son

The Fresh Toast is asking you to Tell Us Your Story about cannabis and your health. We know that there are many of you out there suffering from illnesses that can be helped by medical marijuana. We want to share your story.

Sessions Is Done Talking: How Will He Act On Legal Marijuana?

Sen. Jeff Sessions got though two days of grilling during his confirmation hearing without really saying much about legal marijuana.

Will Trump’s VA Chief Support Medical Marijuana For Veterans?

It was announced on Wednesday that Dr. David J. Shulkin, a physician who is a holdover...

Survey: Police Officers Nationwide Want Marijuana Laws Relaxed

A vast majority of America's police officers are in favor or easing marijuana laws, according to a wide-ranging Pew Research Center survey released on Wednesday.

Why Does Marijuana Give Me The Munchies? Here’s The Science

Ask anybody — from a hardcore chronic cannabis consumer to a ardent abstainer of the herb — to name...

Consumer Alert: A Marijuana POS System Has Been Hacked In 23 States

A cyber attack crippled a major cannabis software firm, sparking an outage that has stymied point-of-sales and inventory systems for dispensaries in 23 states.

Marijuana And Creativity: Is It Actually A Thing?

What does science say about the connection between cannabis and creativity? The late Steve Jobs...

Marijuana Companies Join Forces And Create Strains To Help Veterans

The Veterans For Cannabis Foundation, with the help from two cannabis companies, will be creating special marijuana strains specifically designed to help veterans combat PTSD and related disorders.

Exactly How Does Marijuana Make You Feel Happy?

After you enjoy a marijuana session, do you experience a bout of unrestrainable giggling? But how does marijuana make you feel happy?