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, HalloweenEveryNight.com.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).”
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.
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.
Used to write about music for XXL, Elevator, Complex, Genius, and a few other outlets.
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.
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.
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.
Itzhak Kurek 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.
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.
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.
Andy Andersen is a writer at Weedmaps with a bachelor’s degree in English and German Studies. When he’s not working on useful, engaging content for the cannabis sphere, Andy can be found devouring and writing about movies, music, and literature. His happy place is in front of the TV with his bong and two cats, Poe and Rigby.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ocean Malandra is a widely published writer that divides his time between Northern California and South America. His coverage of cannabis has appeared in High Times, Vice, Massroots, Leafly, Prohbtd, Paste Magazine, Reset.me and now WeedMaps News. Follow him on Twitter at @OceanMalandra.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Suzannah Weiss is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and more.
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.
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.
Kyle Jaeger is Marijuana Moment’s Los Angeles-based associate editor. His work has also appeared in High Times, VICE and attn.
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.
Barry has been writing about marijuana for over five years. Prior to joining Marijuana.com, 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.
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.
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
Nic is an editor for Weedmaps running the culture desk. He spends hours on the internet exploring online communities, trends, technology, consumerism, and social issues. You know, all the important, interesting shit you want to know about.
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.
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 Marijuana.com since 2012. A Big Sur cultivator from the pre-helicopter days, I’m a big fan of new strains and breaking news.
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.