NBC News Al Olson Leaves to Head Marijuana News Site

August 18, 2014
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Al Olson Leaves NBC News to be the Head of a Marijuana News Site

NBC News' Al Olson Leaves to Head Marijuana.com News Site
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NBC News Al Olson Leaves to Head Marijuana News Site – Senior Editor for NBC News Al Olson has resigned from his position to be the head of Marijuana.com. As managing editor of the cannabis based website, he’ll be in charge of building a reporting team and covering a wide range of marijuana news.

In a press statement Al Olson told reporters “I’ve been a journalist for as long as I’ve been a marijuana advocate – my first byline was at the age of 14, the same age I smoked my first joint.”

Olson will be working mostly in Washington state for the rest of the year. Washington has recently legalized marijuana for recreational use, and the recreational market will be booming. After Washington he will be moving to California, where Marijuana.com and Weedmaps (the site’s owner) are headquartered.

Al Olson has over 40 years of experience in media. He was one of the founding MSNBC.com editors in 1995 and has worked as an online journalist for Today.com, NBC.com, and CNBC.com.

“We’re going to shake things up a little bit, have some fun. We’re going to tell stories in a new and exciting way and not in the mainstream way. It kind of angered me, frankly, to see how mainstream media is covering this issue. There has been a real lack of understanding of what was happening here. I’m very excited to do this.” -Al Olson

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