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:

Science: Regular Consumption Of Marijuana Keeps You Fit And Active

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

Can Marijuana Be A Performance-Enhancing Drug For Athletes?

There is no doubt in the science community that cannabis is an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and neuroprotective substance. These benefits, and a myriad of others, would certainly aid an athlete.

4 Terrific Ways Marijuana Can Help You In The Gym

"Marijuana relaxes me and allows me to go into a controlled, meditational place," champion triathlete Clifford Drusinsky told Men's Journal.

4 Things You Need To Know Before Investing in Cannabis Stocks

Investors' eyes are bulging with visions of possibilities of enormous wealth. But before you begin investing in cannabis stocks, there see are a few things you should know.

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.

The $3.6K Blunt: Marijuana Goes High End And Super Luxe

Let's consider this $3,600 cigar that contains 28 grams of ground high-end marijuana and 7 grams of concentrate wrapped in cannabis leaves.

Seniors Buy Fewer Prescription Drugs In States With Legalized Marijuana

A federal agency is reporting that legalized marijuana may be one way to control costs as more seniors are looking to the plant than opioids.

Marijuana Concentrates: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

If you have ever stepped into a legal cannabis retail store, you know don't have noticed the huge shelf space reserved for various marijuana concentrates.

Green Crack? This Cannabis Grower Wants To Lose The Silly Marijuana Strain Names

Want a boost of energy before going for a hike? Give Charge No. 501. Silly marijuana strain names like "God's Gift" may soon be a thing of the past.

Can Legal Marijuana Fix America’s Binge Drinking Problem?

'Tis the season for giving gifts, spreading joy and — for many of Americans — drinking more than usual. There's nothing wrong, of course, with sharing a cocktail or two with friends and family. But binge drinking is a different matter.