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

Canadians Smoking More Weed, Drinking Less Beer After Legalization

An eye-opening survey from Cowen and Co. outlines how an increase in marijuana consumption has translated into losses for both the alcohol and legal cannabis industry.

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All The Photos That Prove Duchess Kate Is The Most Normal Royal

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The Oxford English Dictionary Just Got High On Reefer Madness

Language constitutes reality, so it stands to reason when the country is afoot with change around the way we perceive and discuss cannabis, so too would the words we use to describe marijuana-related activities.

Is There A Trend For Low Fat, Low Calorie Edibles?

Just like women may have different desires for consuming marijuana, individuals with health goals may be more likely to indulge if there are edibles that meet their needs.

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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.