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:

Marijuana 101: 6 Essential Facts To Know About Marijuana Edibles Before Indulging

There is a significant uptick in "unexpected highs" among inexperienced marijuana consumers, especially when it comes to marijuana edibles.

Opioids Out, Marijuana In, Top Medical Research Journal Says

In a groundbreaking article released on Monday, one of the nation’s leading medical journals suggests...

Washington State Will Be The First To Do What With Cannabis?

Cannabis consumers in the state of Washington state will soon be able to confidently purchase their herb free of pesticides and fungicides.

New California Law Would Make This Marijuana-Infused Edible Illegal

The California state assembly approved a bill designed to ban any marijuana-infused edible if it is in the shape of a person, animal, insect or fruit.

12-Year High: More Workers Are Failing Company Drug Tests

More American workers are failing drug tests than at any time in the last 12 years, according a study from Quest Diagnostics Inc.

This Church In Colorado Is Now Offering Upscale Weed Weddings

If originality and uniqueness are an important part of your special day, you may want to consider this church in Denver that is now offering weed weddings.

Science Tells Us Exactly How Marijuana Makes Us Feel Happy

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

Smoking Marijuana In Denver Just Got More Social

After six months of negotiating and committee hearings, Denver on Thursday became the first city in the nation to allow social cannabis consumption.

Colorado Marijuana Sales Top $100 Million For 10th Straight Month

Another month, another massive haul in tax revenue for Colorado marijuana sales.

Seattle Cop Busted Smuggling A Whole Lot Of Marijuana To Baltimore

A 16-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department was arrested in connection with a smuggling operation that shipped hundreds of pounds of marijuana.