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."

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Dogs Of Instagram: The Beagle

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How Rock Climbers Can Use Marijuana In Recovery And Training

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What’s That Smell? Why Your Marijuana Smells Skunky

Have you ever wondered what gives cannabis that unique odor? And why does some weed reek of skunk or dirty socks and other times it has the refreshing aroma of lemons or pine?

Does Marijuana Make You Stupid? Here’s What Experts Say

The reality is that studies suggest little likelihood of a connections between cannabis consumption and decreased IQ. So, does marijuana make you stupid?

Marijuana Dabs 101: A Guide To Your First Time

What is dabbing? Is it safe? Why am I hearing more about it now? Before you even consider doing a marijuana dab, do yourself a favor and read this first.

Canadian Lawmaker Fears ‘Disgusting’ Marijuana T-Shirts Will Denigrate Nation

As Canadians gleefully count the days until cannabis is legal nationwide, one conservative lawmaker is still refusing to give up the fight for prohibition. 

How Willie Nelson Got Woody Harrelson Smoking Marijuana Again

Woody Harrelson, one of Hollywood's most legendary cannabis consumers, went on a much-talked-about break from the herb.

Exploring The Connection Between Marijuana And PTSD

The first federally funded study designed to prove whether smoked marijuana can help reduce symptoms in veterans with chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD.