Al Olson Leaves NBC News to be the Head of a Marijuana News Site
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.
“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