Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.1605 Articles

Jonathan Hiltz has been a journalist, a TV producer and marijuana advocate for over sixteen years. He has a wife, two young children and lives in the Toronto area.462 Articles

Used to write about music for XXL, Elevator, Complex, Genius, and a few other outlets. Follow @LongLiveTheDuke on Twitter if you'd like to read way fewer words by me.338 Articles

Allie is a NW-based content curator for and an organic farmer at TKO Reserve. She has been a professional in the marijuana industry since she was 18 years old, spending the first five years of her career working for Dope Magazine as lead photographer. Allie has worked on mainstream projects such as Idiot's Guide: Growing Marijuana, Branding Bud: The Consumerization of Cannabis and her own self-published book, As The Grass Grows.160 Articles

Bonni Goldstein, M.D. is a physician who specializes in cannabis medicine in Los Angeles, California. She specialized in Pediatric Emergency medicine for years before witnessing the amazing benefits of this treatment in an ill loved one. Since then, she has successfully treated thousands of adult and pediatric patients with cannabis. She regularly speaks about cannabis medicine at conferences and patient groups around the world. She is the owner and medical director of CannaCenters and medical advisor to She is the author of the recently published book, Cannabis Revealed.24 Articles

Nic Juarez is a Los Angeles based writer interested in the intersection of feminism, race relations, drug policy, pop culture, and Kanye West. Aside from contributing to, he works as a copywriter, screenwriter, playwright, and high school sketch show director (SNL for teenagers, he’s their Lorne Michaels). He’s a big fan of Joss Fong, Kathleen Hanna, Lydia Davis, Charlie Kaufman, and the reality television show, Survivor.12 Articles

Shanti Ryle is a professional writer and media producer with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theatre from Southern Oregon University. With years of copy and media production experience, Shanti is passionate about telling humanity’s essential stories. From cannabis to podcasts, she’s developed content for, Wayland Productions, Stride Search and several freelance publications.2 Articles

When she’s not splitting grape Swishers, Suzy Nguyen writes for Weedmaps. She earned her English Literature degree from California State University, Long Beach and has been in the marijuana industry since she was 21 years old. Armed with knowledge and experience, she brings to the team an insider’s perspective from her years of working in different dispensaries. Besides having a knack for fashioning dank blunts, Suzy also holds an Associate’s degree in Product Development from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.1 Articles

Mentally gifted and usually stylish as hell, Taylor Engle received her bachelor's degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism from California State University of Fullerton in 2017. Taylor has written for several publications including the La Habra Journal, Forever Twenty-Something, and OC Weekly. In her free time, she likes to people-watch and write about it.1 Articles

Allena Braithwaite is a Content Marketing Copywriter for Weedmaps and purveyor of all things in 420-friendly lifestyle. When she’s not drawing weird stuff or watching something spooky with her kitten Lib, she can likely be found globbing down dabs of West Coast Cure. Born in L.A. and raised in the Inland Empire, she attended college at The Art Institute of California completing a Bachelors of Science in Advertising. With ambitions almost as big as her hair, Allena strives to use all her resources to inform, educate, and advocate cannabis and hemp. To summarize in the words of @guapdad4000, “I’m a nerd, but I trap; and I ‘aint never gonna get out the game.” P.S. don’t forget to recycle!