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:

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.

Marijuana Topicals: 6 Ways They Can Help You Live Better

Have you ever covered yourself head to toe with marijuana? It's totally possible to slather your entire body with marijuana topicals and you won't get high.

What is Delta-8-THC And What Are The Benefits?

If you consume marijuana, you probably familiar with Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. It also goes by the name Delta-9-THC.

First Marijuana Stock ETF Is Plummeting

News of the Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF made headlines around the world and the marijuana stock was heralded as a new kind of cannabis investment.

Science: Regular Consumption Of Marijuana Keeps You Thin, Fit And Active

Here's a new health-related adage to consider: Regular consumption of marijuana (in whatever form) keeps you thin and active.

A Guide For Talking To Your Teens About Marijuana

The AAP published a report warning about the potential harms of cannabis for teens, but how do you go about talking to your teens about marijuana?

Cannabis Tea Found To Be Safe And Effective For This Ailment

Cannabis-infused tea not only has a calming effect, it also is an effective treatment for patients suffering from this widespread issue.

Why Trump’s Drug Addiction Task Force Should Freak You Out

To battle the opioid crisis, President Trump created the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Epidemic.