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:

Reefer Madness 2.0: Nukes Smuggled Into US Inside Of Marijuana Shipments

Trent Franks sounded the alarm bell that nukes could easily be smuggled into the United States hidden in a bale of marijuana.

You Can Now Buy Greeting Cards With A Cannabis Kick

Entrepreneur Erik Komurek believes his new venture, Green Card Greetings, will be a huge hit. Why not? These greeting cards include primo marijuana!

What To Know About ‘Synthetic Marijuana’ And How To Spot An Overdose

Synthetic marijuana — the nasty, toxic and confoundingly legal concoction sold in convenience stores across the country — often makes headlines.

White House Hints That Marijuana Crackdown Is Coming

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said he anticipates states will begin to see “greater enforcement” of the federal law against recreational marijuana use.

Watch: Marijuana Helped 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.

Here’s What We Understand About Snoop & Martha’s T-Mobile Super Bowl Ad Backlash

T-Mobile's Super Bowl ad featuring Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg was designed to elicit some giggles, but it fell falt and pissed a lot of people off.

Marijuana Myth Busting: Does Holding In Smoke Get You Higher?

Welcome to marijuana myth busting. About Willie Nelson's Jimmy Fallon skit : The punchline was a cloud of smoke. But did he hold in the smoke too long?

Munchie Myth Infographic: Does Marijuana Actually Make You Fat?

Deconstructing the marijuana, weight, and munchie myth. If you are worried about the number on the other kind of scale, check out this infographic.

Science: Music Turns You On In The Same Way As Sex And Drugs

We all know intuitively that sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll provides pleasure in most humans. But why? Here's the science you've been waiting for.

Support Our Troops: How The American Legion Fights For Marijuana

The American Legion -- the nation's largest veterans organization with more than 2 million members -- is urging the U.S. government to reclassify marijuana.