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."

Recent articles

Joe Biden’s Marijuana Reform Includes Decriminalization, But Not Legalization

Joe Biden released a criminal justice plan that includes expungement of all past marijuana use convictions and reclassifying cannabis as a Schedule II drug.

Kamala Harris Proposes Decriminalizing Marijuana At The Federal Level

Kamala Harris' legislation represents the one of the most progressive marijuana reform plans among 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

An In-N-Out Burger Mysteriously Appeared In New York

In-N-Out representatives say they're as confused as we are, and can't figure out how their burgers appeared in New York since its closest restaurant to New York is over 1,500 miles away.

Camila Cabello Gets Real About Overcoming Anxiety; Twitter Thirsts Over Nick Jonas’ ‘Dad Bod’

Camila Cabello is coming clean about her struggles with anxiety while married life is treating Nick Jonas just fine.

More Women Are Using Marijuana Before Pregnancy—Is That Good Or Bad?

While the research is limited in its scope due to its reliance on self-reported findings, it did hint at some explanations for these rises in cannabis usage.

Google Chrome Extension Helps You Procrastinate By Making Netflix Resemble A Conference Call

The bizarre extension claims to distract you with Netflix while you're supposed to be at work, splitting your screen in four and filling three of these spaces with stock video footage of strangers.

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6 Things Everyone Needs To Know About Today’s Marijuana

Today's marijuana: As more states open the door to medical and recreational marijuana legalization the taboos surrounding the herb are quickly vanishing.

What’s The Deal With Dabbing And Should You Do It

Essentially, what a dab is a small dose of highly concentrated cannabis. If you have never tried dabbing before, do yourself a favor and read this first.

How The Charlotte’s Web Marijuana Strain Helped My Son

The Fresh Toast is asking you to Tell Us Your Story about cannabis and your health. We know that there are many of you out there suffering from illnesses that can be helped by medical marijuana. We want to share your story.

Ostracizing Drug Users And Addicts Is Not Going To Solve The Problem

We are all drug users. Coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, weed, Viagra, ecstasy, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety pills and more – people are using these drugs on a weekly or even daily basis.

Here’s How Marijuana Can Help The Global Depression Epidemic

The World Health Organization made headlines when it announced that depression is now the world's leading cause of poor health.

How Medical Cannabis May Treat Aggressive Brain Cancer

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