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Dante Jordan

Danté Jordan is a cannabis writer based in Los Angeles. He’s written for Weedmaps, Leafly, High Times, and many more publications.

Lindsay MaHarry

Lindsay MaHarry is a journalist, creator and consultant focused on the destigmatization of cannabis, psychedelics and other magical plants/fungi. Follow her @_oystergirl_ on IG and Tiktok. Subscribe to “Hot Tokes with Oystergirl” on Substack and Youtube for more.

Andy Andersen

Andy Andersen is a writer who covers cannabis, film, TV and culture from his home in Long Beach, CA. You can read his work at and follow him on Twitter @andyjandersen

Brianna Wheeler

Brianna Wheeler is a writer and illustrator in Portland, Oregon.

Tyler Koslow

Tyler Koslow is the former Associate Editor at Weedmaps with experience in the cannabis and tech space. When he’s not pounding away at his laptop keyboard, you can find him stuck a three-hour synth loop, playing with his chubby Garfield-esque cat, or taking in the sights on a nice hike.

Lindsey Bartlett

Lindsey Bartlett is an Associate Editor at Weedmaps writing on the beats of culture, politics, trend, industry, and product. An advocate, medical patient since 2009, and weed-snob from Denver, Colorado, Bartlett has been documenting the cannabis industry since 2012.

Maureen Meehan

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.

Erin Hiatt

Erin Hiatt came to writing about cannabis, hemp, and psychedelics after a career as an actor and dancer. Her work has appeared in Vice, Civilized, MERRY JANE, Hemp Connoisseur Magazine, Marijuana Goes Mainstream, Doubleblind, and others. 

Ashlee Nolan

Ashlee Nolan is an NYC-based freelance journalist who enjoys writing about cannabis, culture, and politics. When not writing, you can probably find her curled up on the couch with coffee, a book, and her cat, Wednesday.

Nic Juarez

Nic is a Content Strategist at Weedmaps and the editor of Weedmaps News.

Tess Rose Lampert

Tess Rose Lampert is a plant medicine enthusiast, writer and educator based in New York City. She is passionate about all things cannabis, and an advocate for full spectrum legalization. Follow her on Instagram (@TessRose211) for images and live events.

Jessica Peralta

Longtime journalist Jessica Peralta has and continues to work for a variety of newspapers, websites and magazines, including the Orange County Register, Coast Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Healthline and The Dodo. She has a deep passion for animals and health, and how cannabis intersects in all areas of life. She also runs a horror and Halloween news and lifestyle website,

Don Jergler

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.

Bill Barlow

Bill Barlow is a freelance journalist and feature writer based at the New Jersey shore, where there really are waves, thanks very much. He covers hard news, government, and politics with occasional pieces on surfing, cannabis, music, and the night sky over Cape May.

Lorena Cupcake

Lorena Cupcake is a Chicago-based culture writer and marketing specialist. Their work examines how cannabis intersects with music, food, fashion, community and more.

Suzannah Weiss

Suzannah Weiss is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and more.

Kieran Delamont

Kieran is a writer based in Ottawa, Canada, who writes about cannabis, culture, politics, and so on. His work appears regularly in several publications, including NOW Magazine, Vice News, and others. Follow on Twitter @k_delamont.

Allie Beckett

Allie is a NW-based cannabis content curator 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.

Adam Drury

Adam is a New York-based writer covering culture, politics and health in the cannabis beat.

Kate Kasbee

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.”

Shelley Levitt

Shelley Levitt is a former editor of High Times Magazine. She writes about all aspects of well-being, including health, mindfulness, food, travel and psychology, for a wide variety of print and online publications. Shelley is grateful to California, and her home city of Los Angeles, for having some of the most liberal cannabis laws in the country.

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor is a veteran journalist with a specialty in health and medical topics. He’s a co-founder and past board member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and a former Kaiser Foundation media fellow with deep experience in the economics of health care.

A L Katz

Most of A L Katz’s 35+ years as a writer have been spent in the showbiz trenches where he ran TV shows (HBO’s “Tales From The Crypt,” Showtime’s “Outer Limits”) and wrote and produced feature films. For a short while, he had the Harry Anslinger story in development. He’s just finished his first book, a memoir, “How To Live Bullshit Free (And Other Showbiz Tales).”

Danielle Guercio

Hailing from New York, Danielle Guercio is an artist and writer, as well as a medical cannabis patient and advocate. Her Sicilian-American background instilled in her a passion for culture that drives her storytelling to a place of community-building and solidarity — as well as to life’s many indulgences.

Robert Kachelriess

Rob Kachelriess is a Las Vegas-based writer and editor whose work has appeared in Thrillist, Travel + Leisure, Modern Luxury, Supercall and other publications.

Ocean Malandra

Ocean Malandra is a widely published writer who divides his time between Northern California and South America. His coverage of cannabis has appeared in High Times, Vice, Massroots, Leafly, Prohbtd, Paste Magazine, and now Weedmaps News. Follow him on Twitter at @OceanMalandra.

Lauren Wilson

Lauren is a bestselling author and well-rounded nerd. When she’s not writing books you can find her watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, playing her ukulele, or thinking about the future of AI. You can find her on social media @laurendoesthis.

Tina Magrabi

Tina Magrabi is a certified 200-hour yoga instructor with a passion for natural health and fitness. She is also a graduate of Yale University and holds a Master’s degree in English. Tina enjoys hiking, biking, Tai Chi and any other exercise she can do in the sunlight. When she’s not enjoying the great outdoors, she’s probably writing about it for Destinations magazine and her own travel blog

Jessica Catalano

Jessica Catalano is a professional cannabis chef, cannabis edibles expert, recipe developer, cannabis food writer, the pioneer of strain-specific cannabis cuisine, and author of The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine published by Green Candy Press. Jessica explores the health benefits of using cannabis in everyday cooking, balanced nutrition, and an overall healthy lifestyle. Her penchant in life is to normalize cannabis through food and start the conversation one recipe at a time.

Jimi Devine

Jimi Devine has been involved in cannabis policy reform since 2005 and has worked in the cannabis industry since 2009 when he moved to California from Lynn, Massachusetts. Currently serving as Senior Staff Writer at Cannabis Now, you can also find his writings on cannabis products and policy in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Hill, The Chronicle of High Education, GreenState, High Times, 7×7 Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Leafly, The East Bay Express, and in Ed Rosenthal’s recent book “This Bud’s for You.” Jimi is one of the main journalists in the world focusing on the top-shelf flower market. Jimi has a BA in Journalism and Media Studies from Franklin Pierce University.

Toni Denis

Based in Arizona’s Mile High City of Prescott, Toni Denis is a founding editor and writer for, an artificial intelligence internet company. Her 30-plus-year career as a journalist includes working for newspapers, magazines, and websites. As a political activist, she has served as chair of a county Democratic party and board member of a state political organization. She is a strong advocate of medical cannabis use after having witnessed firsthand the curative powers of CBD oil in shrinking her husband’s brain tumor.

Tim Kohut

Tim Kohut is a writer, journalist, and comedian hailing from Rockland County, New York. He’s covered the burgeoning cannabis industry extensively over the past several years as both a Staff Writer and contributor for High Times Magazine, Green Rush Daily, and now Weedmaps News. He also currently serves as a Features Editor for The Knicks Wall. His work has also appeared on Bleacher Report, Fansided, and Clutchpoints.

Adam Woodhead

Features writer: Music + Food Past: metro times, phoenix new times, vicesports

Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown is a cannabis enthusiast with over 20 years of knowledge and appreciation that continues to grow. Through her background in psychology and creative writing, Jessica explores the worlds of cannabis, sex, and mental health. When she’s not in front of her computer or food, you can easily find her hiking up a mountain or snowboarding down one.

Jon Hiltz

Jon Hiltz is the director of business development for INDIVA, a licensed cannabis producer based in London ON. Jon recently published his first book titled “The Wild West: Canada’s Legalization of Marijuana” which is available now.

Laurie Wolf

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.

Valli Herman

Valli Herman is a veteran journalist with bylines in major print and online publications such as the Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, and Fortune.

Emma Stone

Emma F. Stone, Ph.D., is a freelance journalist based in New Zealand. She specializes in writing on sustainability, social justice issues, health, and wellbeing. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Psychology Today, Ms. Magazine and Elephant Journal. Emma believes changing global attitudes towards cannabis are set to transform how we understand ourselves, plants, medicine and healing, and is looking forward to reporting from the front line.

Allena Braithwaite

Allena Braithwaite has been a designer and writer in the cannabis industry since 2017. With interests in home, art, and subculture, Braithwaite remains immersed in all things marijuana, keeping her finger to the pulse of the cannabis narrative.

Kyle Jaeger

Kyle Jaeger is Marijuana Moment’s Los Angeles-based associate editor. His work has also appeared in High Times, VICE and attn.  

Shanti Ryle

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.

Chloe Detrick

Chloe Detrick is an actress, comedian, and writer living in Los Angeles. In her spare time, she attempts to achieve Internet fame through her cat’s Instagram page and word vomiting on Twitter. You can follow her @cocodeets. 

Donnell Alexander

After a decades-long career of producing articles on culture, business, and politics, Los Angeles-based Donnell Alexander is writing podcast episodes and platforming relevant cannabis industry narratives through The Z&D Agency.

Mary Jane Gibson

Mary Jane wrote and edited for High Times for more than a decade. Currently based in Los Angeles, she writes about cannabis culture, entertainment, products, and cutting-edge trends. Mary Jane also co-hosts a podcast, “Weed + Grub,” with comedian Mike Glazer.

Thor Benson

Thor Benson is a traveling journalist who is currently located in Los Angeles. He has contributed to publications including The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Rolling Stone, and others.

Greg Mellen

Greg Mellen is a freelancer and veteran award-winning reporter with more than 30 years experience at papers, magazines, and websites in California and Missouri. He has covered everything from pro sports to pet care, marijuana to cops and courts. He has been a staff reporter for the Orange County Register and earned his master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and was a faculty member and sports editor at the Columbia Missourian. In his free time he likes to read and dabble in fiction writing, which he tries to keep out of the paper.

Aurelien Bernard

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.

Duke London

Used to write about music for XXL, Elevator, Complex, Genius, and a few other outlets.

Beckett Mufson

Beckett Mufson is a Brooklyn-based culture, technology, and lifestyle journalist. He reports breaking news and features about subculture, film, television, visual culture, virtual reality, and the internet. Beckett graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Hofstra University. His work has appeared on VICE, Creators, Mashable, and MTV News.

Brian Applegarth

Brian graduated from UC Irvine in 2002 with a degree in International Studies, and a specialization in conflict resolution. Preserving cannabis history, celebrating cannabis culture, educating new arrivers, and removing lingering stigmas around cannabis are at the core of his efforts. As an innovator and respected leader in cannabis tourism and hospitality, he believes in bridge building with the already established travel and tourism industry, and communicating clearly and factually to re-educate people and businesses on cannabis now, cannabis 2.0.

Dan Gentile

Dan Gentile is a freelance writer, photographer, DJ, and electronic music producer based in Austin, TX. His favorite things to write about are barbecue, coffee, dance music, and subcultures where he is completely out of place. Dan’s work has appeared in Thrillist, VICE, Food Network, PARADE, Rolling Stone, Roads & Kingdoms, American Way, and High Times. You can find even more run-on sentences at or on Twitter at @Dannosphere.

Alex Pasquariello

Colorado-based journalist Alex Pasquariello is the former editor of The Cannabist (RIP). You can find his work in Kitchen Toke, Endless Vacation, Jetsetter, AFAR, Conde Nast Traveler, Businessweek, and other national titles. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter at @BeingAlexP.

Andrew Ward

Andrew Ward is a Brooklyn, NY based freelance cannabis industry writer and copywriter. His work has appeared in numerous weed publications and brand blogs. When not writing about marijuana, Ward loves to cook, hike, and support Chelsea F.C.

Datrianna Meeks

Datrianna is a product designer and cannabis writer from Chicago. In addition to writing the Ask a Budtender column for Chicago Magazine, she creates educational content for Up in Smoke, her newsletter and Instagram community, for modern cannabis consumers. Contact her at or @upinsmokesession on Instagram.

Michelle Lhooq

Michelle Lhooq is a multimedia journalist in Los Angeles who covers music and weed. She was an editor at VICE’s electronic music site THUMP in New York City from 2014-2017, and now contributes to The Los Angeles Times, GQ, FADER, Pitchfork, New York, and others. She was named “Best Music Editor” by The Village Voice, and one of Brooklyn’s most influential people by Brooklyn Magazine in 2016. That year, she also threw a 12-hour, vape-themed rave in a fried chicken deli that will live forever in Brooklyn rave history.

Mekita Rivas

Mekita is a freelance journalist and creative consultant based in Washington, D.C. She is currently a contributing fashion news writer at Refinery29 and has also been published in The Washington Post, Architectural Digest, Food & Wine, Wine Enthusiast, Glamour, Brides, Teen Vogue, Self, and others. She primarily covers culture, fashion, travel, and wellness through the lens of gender and race.

Mary Schumacher

Mary Schumacher is the Manager of Copy at Weedmaps. She’s been writing about and advocating for weed since 2004. When not composing taglines or crafting copy, Mary enjoys writing for fun, traveling, streaming music and movies, and spending time with her mom, cat, and friends.

Nicole Skrobin

Nicole Skrobin is a passionate cannabis content creator who produces informative, captivating, and impactful articles with the intention of helping improve readers’ lives. As a dedicated yogi and nature lover, Nicole loves to spend her free time exploring, learning, and helping others however possible, especially those interested in the areas of cannabis, CBD, and health & wellness.

P.M. Samuelson

P.M. Samuelson is a communications, marketing, and publishing professional with a long history in the cannabis space. A native Californian from the Central Coast, he now resides in Colorado, where he has been able to observe and participate in the emerging cannabis industry throughout its development, in both the medical and recreational markets. Samuelson’s cannabis career includes being the Editorial Advisor for Sativa magazine, the Editor-in-Chief of Cannabis Product News, and the Director of Communications for one of Denver’s largest and most progressive cannabis companies, managing internal and external communications for the company’s cutting-edge business model.

Juliet Bennett Rylah

Juliet is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. Her work has appeared in outlets including The Hollywood Reporter, Playboy, Thrillist, LAist, Los Angeles Magazine, VICE, and others. She also works on immersive and interactive entertainment experiences as both a creative writer and consultant. 

Annie Loupy

Anne is a writer for Weedmaps covering mostly science and medicine. She likes to write and read, engulfing herself in fiction or hormonal biology. Her passion for relaxing is ruthless and she’ll never give up on it. She lives life slowly: cooking meals, gathering flowers and harvesting her garden. While she imagines the rest of her life in the mountains surrounded by redwoods and the sound of crickets, she currently resides in the highest tower of a castle guarded by a city full of people.

Krista Hillis

With a background in psychology and neuroscience, Krista studies the relationship between our external environment and internal well-being. She is particularly interested in neurological conditions in regards to nutrition and other key lifestyle variables. Her goal is to help educate others so that they can improve their long-term health and in turn, their quality of life.

Keria Fae

Keira is a Canna-Chef and co-owner of Ambrosia Edibles and Ambrosia Topicals. During her stay in Japan, she started an all-natural DIY cosmetics blog that gained popularity domestically and internationally. She left for Oregon in 2014 to start a career as a professional baker. Within less than a year, her products could be seen in multiple stores across Southern California.

Deborah Stoll

Deborah Stoll is a journalist, lyricist, novelist, short story writer, illustrator and animator. Her first book is forthcoming from Harper Wave, 2020.

Dr. Adie Wilson-Poe, PHD

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

Suzy Nguyen

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.

Zach Sokol

Zach Sokol is a writer, editor, and producer who’s based in New York. His articles and photos have been published in a number of online and print publications, including Playboy, Penthouse, Art in America, The Paris Review, FADER, i-D, and more. He was previously Managing Editor of MERRY JANE and an editor and writer at VICE. Visit his website at

Itzhak Kurek, Ph.D.

Itzhak Kurek, Ph.D., is the CEO and co-founder of Cannformatics Inc. He has 25 years of experience in biochemistry and molecular biology, specializing in plant photosynthesis, yield enhancement, metabolism and cellulose biosynthesis. He received his Ph.D. in plant sciences from Tel Aviv University in Israel and completed his postdoctoral research at the University of California, Davis. He has also conducted research at the Technical University of Munich in Germany; John Innes Center in Norwich, England; the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Bordeaux, France; and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories in California.

Dani Stewart

Dani Stewart is a career journalist and newsroom manager, who’s called CNN and several TV and radio stations home. She’s traded the daily news grind for telling compelling and informative stories for both new and experienced cannabis users. The San Francisco native now calls Oklahoma home.

Michele C. Hollow

Michele C. Hollow writes about health, animals, climate, and lifestyle. Her byline has appeared in The New York Times, Fusion, The Guardian, Parents, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, and Folks.

Brian Hudson

Brian Hudson is a Chicago-based freelance journalist specializing in government and business reporting. When not writing or working, he is involved in Chicago’s running community and can be found training out along Lake Michigan all months of the year.

Karen Robes-Meeks

Karen Robes Meeks is an award-winning business writer who has spent 20 years chasing stories all over Southern California. These days, she spends more of her time chasing her young daughter around town, which makes for surprisingly good cardio. Her stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Orange County Register and the Press-Telegram, where she was the trade and transportation reporter covering the nation’s two busiest seaports.

Linda Childers

A San Francisco Bay Area native and journalist, Childers has been published in Arthritis Today, O, Allure, Playboy, Health Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post, NBC News, CNN Money and many other national media outlets.

Stacie Stukin

Stacie Stukin is a Los Angeles journalist and writes about health, design and food for, among others, the L.A. Times, W Magazine, National Geographic and Vogue.

Jackie Bryant

Jackie is a freelance journalist who lives in San Diego. She writes for Forbes, Uproxx, San Diego Union-Tribune, SF Gate, Voice of San Diego, San Diego Magazine, Playboy, WeedWeek, Sierra, and many more print and digital publications. She also writes a newsletter about cannabis culture called Cannabitch and hosts a podcast by the same name. More of her work can be found on her website.

Harrison Malkin

Harrison Malkin is a food and culture writer living in New Jersey. He’s worked as a cook, apprentice cheesemaker, kid sports reporter, and chess teacher. Malkin’s work has been published in USA Today, Yahoo, Buenos Aires Times, Sports Illustrated, and SLAM Magazine.

Bonni Goldstein, M.D.

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.

Brittany Parker

Brittany Parker is the founder of A Green Legacy, an organization empowering underrepresented cannabis entrepreneurs through programming, education, and community. She’s a mom whose favorite strain is Green Kush. She enjoys writing about entrepreneurship, the intersections of cannabis and parenting, and celebrating those who are often overlooked. You can find her on IG @naturalbrii & @agreenlegacy and on Twitter @naturalbrii and @a_greenlegacy.

Max Savage Levenson

Max Savage Levenson writes and produces podcasts about cannabis and music. His work has appeared in Pitchfork, NPR Music and more. He believes strongly in the healing power of a good schvitz.

A.J. Herrington

A.J. Herrington writes about cannabis culture, news, and business for publications including High Times, Merry Jane, and Sensi. He lives in San Diego with his husband, two cats, and several cannabis plants. Follow his exploits on Instagram.

Ricky Williams

Ricky Williams is a Heisman Trophy winner and a record-breaking running back from the University of Texas and the NFL. Currently living in Los Angeles, Ricky is now best known as a sports analyst, TV personality, public speaker and a vocal advocate for the therapeutic treatment of body and emotional trauma. He is also a strong supporter of the efforts to legalize and regulate cannabis in the U.S., as well as the growing movement to reform the NFL’s drug policy.

Barry Bard

Barry has been writing about marijuana for over five years. Prior to joining, Barry wrote about sports and music. His work has appeared on TIME, The Huffington Post, Deadspin, and elsewhere on the Internet. In his spare time, he enjoys disco and Kosher Kush.

Kimberly Hayes Taylor

Kimberly Hayes Taylor is based in Detroit, and writes about aspects of well-being, including health, food, and travel for a wide variety of print and online publications. She especially enjoys writing about cannabis, and sitting on the front seat of living history as Michigan and other states usher in a new era with changing marijuana laws.

Bridget Hennessey

Bridget Hennessey is the Vice President of Public Affairs at Weedmaps.

Stacy Pershall

Stacy Pershall is a writer, editor, and teacher in New York City. She’s also a member of a mental-health speakers’ bureau, and travels to colleges and universities to teach students about suicide prevention. Her memoir, “Loud in the House of Myself,” is available from W.W. Norton.

Noah Rubin

Noah Rubin is the Editor-In-Chief of Weedmaps and author of How We Roll: The Art and Culture of Joints, Blunts, and Spliffs.

Riley Kirk

Karen Getchell

Karen Getchell has been a cannabis educator, writer, and patient advocate for nearly 20 years. She is the Director of Content for Cannabis Training University, and co-founder of Byron’s Botanicals, a hemp-derived CBD-infused product manufacturer.

Olivia Deng

Olivia is a writer covering politics, social movements, and arts and culture. Other career path options include being a mortician or opening a carnivorous plant store.

Carl Fillichio

Kimberley McGee

Kimberley has been writing about the latest trends on fashion, food, health & more for more than 20 years.  Her work has been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, People, In Touch, Japanese Vogue, Hollywood Reporter, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Sun and KNPR’s Desert Companion among other national publications.

Jesse Hicks


Kate Ryan

Kate is a content strategist at Weedmaps. When she’s not strategizing, she’s turning all of her best high ideas into short stories you can read on Instagram at @gaysopsfables. .

Summer Fox

Summer Fox is the Manager of Policy at Weedmaps with a master’s degree in Public Policy from UC Irvine. She leads the company’s public policy tracking, research, and analysis efforts and manages all of the content on Summer joined Weedmaps in 2019 and loves national parks, scuba diving, and theme parties.

Monterey Bud

My name is Monterey Bud and I was born in Long Beach and raised on the central coast. I surf, dab, burn and write. I’m a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I have been writing about marijuana strains, science, and politics for since 2012. A Big Sur cultivator from the pre-helicopter days, I’m a big fan of new strains and breaking news.

Michael Knodt

Michael Knodt is an expert on cannabis politics and cannabis culture across Europe. Born in North Germany, Michael has been living in Berlin since 1990. He initially studied history and journalism before receiving his certification as a carpenter. Since then, Michael has made regular visits to countries where cannabis is cultivated, such as Jamaica and Morocco. He has worked as a freelancer for Weedmaps, Vice Magazine Germany, Sensi Seeds and numerous German-language cannabis magazines since 2004. From 2005 to 2013, Michael was the Editor-in-Chief of Germanys biggest cannabis periodical. He also is the face and presenter of the most popular program on cannabis prohibition and just launched a new channel called “DerMicha.” Aside from his journalistic work, Michael is a cannabis patient, activist, sought-after speaker on conferences and congresses, and a father of two.

Lauren Williams

For more than a decade Lauren Williams has worked as a journalist, most recently as a science and environment reporter covering issues ranging from climate change to oil refineries. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Atlas Obscura, The Orange County Register among other outlets.