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."
The Fresh Toast
Follow us for all the lastest entertainment and news with a side of cannabis
other Featured Stories
The rise of marijuana as a prevalent recreational substance of choice exploded when today's senior citizens were becoming adults, so many Boomers grew up accustomed to the herb. But what is surprising is how many of today's...
Larry Smith's video appeared on YouTube and Facebook and has received millions of views and his Facebook post has been watched tens of millions of times.
Cannabidiol reduces heroin cravings more than a week after abstinence, and seems to restore some of the neurobiological damage induced by opioid use.
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.
Soon, farmers hope, the town that declared bankruptcy in 2006 will be known for a cannabis. Industrial hemp, to be precise.
If you are a new cannabis consumer, you may have heard the term kief and may even know what it is. But you may not know the many benefits of using it.