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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.1687 Articles


Jon Hiltz was a journalist for Marijuana.com for two years and is now director of content for INDIVA, a licensed cannabis producer in Ontario Canada.478 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.362 Articles


Allie is a NW-based content curator for Marijuana.com 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


Shirley Ju is a journalist based in Los Angeles. She is the former Editor-At-Large at HipHopDX.com and currently works at Power 106 FM. She lives and breathes hip-hop and is literally on top of new music the moment it is released. If there's a show in LA, you can find her there. Born in the Bay, the hyphy movement is ingrained in her. She also started her own site at fomoblog.com, which covers all the dope events in the city! She loves all things weed-related and probably will rejoice if you pass her the blunt.49 Articles


Jessica Peralta is a multimedia journalist with experience covering a wide range of topics, including courts and crime, police and fire, health, education and community news for outlets like the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register.27 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 Weedmaps.com. She is the author of the recently published book, Cannabis Revealed.24 Articles


I'm a contributing editor and writer for Marijuana.com, with a focus on drug policy, social issues, breaking news, and culture.23 Articles


Don Jergler is the Regional West Editor for Insurance Journal and a veteran business and real estate reporter. He has contributed coverage for the Long Beach Press Telegram, Long Beach Register, Los Angeles Times Custom Publishing and a variety of trade publications.22 Articles


Maureen Meehan is a 25-year veteran journalist who worked in Latin America, the Middle East and Europe for NBC Radio & TV and numerous U.S., Canadian and European news outlets. She moved back to New York City in 2012 where she began writing for High Times magazine and continues her freelance career. After covering many wars around the world, Meehan finds the War on Drugs among the most perplexing, devastating and misguided.21 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.13 Articles


Kate Kasbee is a health and wellness writer based in Chicago. She is the content creator, recipe developer and content strategist for the site Well Vegan and co-authored her first book "Frugal Vegan: Affordable, Easy and Delicious Vegan Cooking." Beyond health and wellness, Kate is an experienced travel and real estate writer, serving as a contributor to publications such as "Travel in Style" and "The Los Angeles Times Las Vegas Guide."12 Articles


Lauren Williams is an environment and science reporter for the Orange County Register and has previously reported on public safety, education, public safety and breaking news in Southern California for publications in Long Beach and Costa Mesa. A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, Williams has been an active member of the media community since receiving degrees in Journalism and Political Science in 2008.8 Articles


Allena Braithwaite is Marijuana.com's dynamic Multimedia Coordinator 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!7 Articles


Aurélien Bernard is a French cannabis entrepreneur. He is the founder of the first French cannabis media Newsweed and is a specialist in legal and worldwide cannabis news. He is personally a pro-cannabis advocate and works with French associations to reform marijuana laws. He also financially and strategically supports the development of cannabis business initiatives.6 Articles





Laurie Wolf is a leader in the edible community and an award-winning culinary entrepreneur. She recently published four cannabis cookbooks in addition to developing recipes for publications such as The Cannabist, Cannabis Now, Dope Magazine, Culture, Oregon Leaf, High Times, The Oregonian, and soon, the San Francisco Chronicle. From soup to nuts, Laurie delivers a wide range of cannabis-infused recipe options, as well as detailing techniques for at-home infusions.2 Articles


Eric Layland has been a driving force in digital marketing since 1996. He currently is the founder and CEO of Canna Ventures. The firm specializes in data-driven brand development and marketing program management for growth-oriented firms. Canna Ventures utilizes advanced consumer research methodologies to uncover insights about what drives the cannabis consumer preferences for their client's brands. When not parked in front of a computer Eric likes to mountain bike and explore all that the Pacific Northwest as to offer.2 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 Marijuana.com, Wayland Productions, Stride Search and several freelance publications.2 Articles


Adie Wilson-Poe, Ph.D. is a faculty member at the Washington University School of Medicine who has spent more than a decade studying the body's endocannabinoid system.2 Articles


An entertainment/ music business professional with over 15 years experience, Cohen held executive positions at Entertainment One as Head of Media and Artist Relations and at Roadrunner Records/ Warner Music as the National Director of Promotions. She started her career at ABC-TV's news/entertainment program, 20/20 where she worked with Emmy award winning producers and on-air talent. In 2015, she co-produced and created the successful media campaign for the viral video, for Grammy-nominated artist, Afroman, "Because I Got High, The Positive Remix." Cohen is on the committee for marketing and development for the Long Island Music Hall of Fame and is a professional tennis teacher who works with autistic children.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


McLean Swanson is a writer with a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Columbia University, an eSports competitor, and a fiend for things that go bump in the night.1 Articles