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."

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The Austrian Government Warns People Against Kissing Cows

The Austrian government issued a statement warning people against kissing cows. Why? Because there's a "Cow Kiss Challenge." The government's message was clear: Don't be dumb. Don't do it.

Weedstagram: ‘National Joint League’ Is The Perfect Instagram Account For Joint Enthusiasts

This is the perfect account for someone who appreciates the craft and work it takes to make creative handmade joints.

Baby Sussex Birth Certificate Reveals Meghan Markle’s Official Occupation

The official birth certificate for Archie Mountbatten-Windsor has been released for the world to see. That's great and all, but did you see what his mom listed as her occupation?

This Is The Least Popular Female Royal According To A New Poll

If you had to pick your favorite royal, who would it be? In theory, you might think it would be a heated race between new parents Meghan and Harry. But a new poll says otherwise.

Will Smoking Marijuana Make Me Psychotic? These Scientists Think Your Genes Have The Answer

Canadian scientists tried to answer that question by determining if an individual’s genetic makeup could determine how they’d respond to THC.

Meme Of The Week: The Amount Of Democrats Running For President Is So High That It Became A Meme

Author Morgan Jerkins posted a tweet that quickly went viral, asking her followers if they knew all the names of the 22 Democrats who had announced their candidacy for 2020.

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Research: Marijuana Joints Are Getting Smaller, But Why?

Are the size of marijuana joints shrinking? That appears to be the conclusion of a recent study from Spain examining "the standard joint unit."

Where Is The Best Place To Live For Medical Marijuana Patients?

The report, "Medical Marijuana Access in the United States," was released by Americans For Safe Access, a 15-year-old organization whose mission is to "ensure safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research."

Opioids Out, Marijuana In, Top Medical Research Journal Says

A leading medical journal suggests that cannabis can be a helpful tool to combat America's opioid addiction problem.

This Study Says Marijuana Is An Exit Drug From Opioids

For years, researchers have been collecting data demonstrating that Americans who consume cannabis are substituting the herb for opioids and prescription pharmaceuticals.

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?

The Folks At Senior Centers Are Using A Lot Of Marijuana

The rise of marijuana as a prevalent recreational substance of choice exploded when today's senior citizens were becoming adults, so many Boomers grew up accustomed to the herb. But what is surprising is how many of today's...