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 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?

How Marijuana May Treat Aggressive Brain Cancer

GW Pharmaceuticals announced positive results from a study using a combination of cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol to treat brain cancer.

How Marijuana Fights Obesity: A Breakdown Of The Science

Yes, marijuana increases the appetite in most consumers, giving may of us the munchies. But marijuana fights obesity too. Find out how.

Cory Booker’s Bill Would End Federal Prohibition Of Marijuana

Senator Cory Booker has introduced legislation that ends federal marijuana prohibition of marijuana and the war on drugs.

This Rehab Clinic Lets Patients Smoke Marijuana

It's called Cannabis-Inclusive Treatment and the controversial program is making headlines across the country for allowing patients to smoke marijuana.

Will I Get High From Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke?

Is it really possible to feel the intoxicating effects of weed by just inhaling some second-hand marijuana smoke? Find out.

You’ll Never Guess: The Best Time To Buy Legal Marijuana

The worst thing about shopping is the line. You want to do is pick up your legal marijuana and split, but the guy in front of you is taking forever.

7 Household Products Every Marijuana Lover Needs

The marijuana lover has no need to spend a penny for their every day cannabis needs – just find these items in your drawers or cupboards.

How To Make A Marijuana Tea That Will Please Everyone

Infusing tea with marijuana has been around since 2737 B.C. when China’s Emperor Sheng Neng prescribed the concoction to combat a host of maladies.

The Ultimate Summer Reading For The Cannabis Enthusiast

Whether you plan on heading to the beach or the backyard, you will want to bring along a few books to keep you company in your favorite lounging chair.