Contributors

AJ Earley

AJ Earley is a professional baker from Oregon with a wealth of experience cooking and baking with cannabis.

Ashley Auerbach

Ashley is a Leafly intern researching medical cannabis. She is also a student at the University of Washington studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology with a minor in Microbiology.

Ben Adlin

Ben Adlin is an editor at Leafly who specializes in politics and the law.

Bailey Rahn

Bailey is an editor at Leafly, specializing in strains and health.

Bruce Barcott

Bruce is Leafly’s deputy editor. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and author of Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America.

David Karalis

David is a senior content strategist for Leafly. In his spare time, he enjoys chasing around his Ewok dog Sadie and adventuring around the Pacific Northwest.

Derrick Bergman

Derrick Bergman is a Dutch journalist, photographer, and activist who has been covering cannabis culture since 1994. He is a founder and the current chairman of the VOC, the union for the abolition of cannabis prohibition. Since 2010, he's served as the coordinator of Cannabis Liberation Day, the biggest cannabis and hemp event in the Netherlands. He is a father to three sons and has been growing his own cannabis for more than two decades.

Diana Rocha

Diana Rocha is a Customer Support Specialist at Leafly, with a focus on keeping it real and defending deep dish pizza.

Gage Peake

Leafly staff writer Gage Peake specializes in data journalism, sports, and breaking news coverage. He's a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Send him news and data tips at gage.peake@leafly.com or find him on Twitter.

Gina Voortella

Gina is a copywriter at Leafly. She likes the things most people like: peace and quiet, concerts you can sit down at, and banana bread. She hopes to see an orca whale in real life one day.

Will Hyde

Will is a subject matter expert, strain specialist, and digital producer at Leafly.

Jessica Catalano

Jessica Catalano is a professional cannabis chef, cannabis edibles expert, food writer, pioneer of strain-specific cannabis cuisine, and author of The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine. She explores the health benefits of cooking with cannabis, and how cannabis balanced with good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can help promote a longer and more fulfilling life.

John Nelson

John Nelson is a freelance outdoors writer based in Seattle. Follow his blog at skizer.org.

Juliet Bennett Rylah

Juliet Bennett Rylah is a cat lover, Halloween enthusiast, and Los Angeles-based journalist. She writes about art, culture, technology, immersive entertainment, history, and TV. Follow her via @jbrylah.

Karina Hof

Karina Hof is a freelance journalist based in Amsterdam. She writes and edits content about culture and coffee.

Karina Siler

Karina Siler is a Seattle-based cannabis DIY-er. She loves long hikes, her sweet dog Louie, and crafting infused beauty products.

Kholood Eid

Kholood Eid is a documentary photographer based in New York City. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters and Refinery29, among other publications. When not working on assignment or personal projects, she's teaching photography to middle schoolers at the Bronx Documentary Center.

Mia Di Stefano

Mia Di Stefano is the co-chair of Women Grow NYC and consults on digital strategy for medical cannabis startups. You can follow her on Twitter at @mia_di_ and @HighGrowthNYC.

Monica Lo

Monica Lo is a cannabis cook, content creator, and food photographer. Check out Sous Weed (sousweed.com) for more of her cannabis recipes and photography.

Naomi Fowler

Naomi is a member of Leafly's marketing team, where she spends her time dreaming up new ways for businesses to succeed with Leafly.

Nick Elam

Nick Elam works on strategic partnerships, influence marketing, social media, and digital strategy for Leafly.

Nick Jikomes

Nick is Leafly's principal research scientist. He completed his PhD in neuroscience at Harvard University in 2016.

Noël Duan

Noël Duan (@noelduan) is a New York- and San Francisco-based writer, editor, and researcher. She is writing a novel about adolescence in pre-2008 recession Silicon Valley.

Ocean Malandra

Ocean Malandra is a journalist and travel writer who divides his time between Northern California and South America. His work has appeared everywhere from Alternet to Business Insider, and he currently contributes to Reset.me, Vice MUNCHIES, Paste Magazine, 7x7 Magazine, and Leafly.

Brett Konen

Brett is an editor at Leafly specializing in lifestyle content.

Peter Szymczak

Peter Szymczak has written about food, beverages and culinary travel for Sip Northwest, Oregon Wine Press, The Oregonian and other publications.

Philip Bjorge

Philip is a software engineer at Leafly working on both the website and mobile apps.

Hannah Meadows

Hannah Meadows is an assistant editor at Leafly, where she contributes to lifestyle content.

Rebecca Kelley

Rebecca is a senior editor at Leafly, specializing in Cannabis 101 and lifestyle stories.

Ryan Swartling

Ryan Swartling has been a chef, caterer, and food product developer in Seattle for 14 years. He has tremendous passion for Italian, Louisianan, Caribbean, and barbecue cuisines, and loves to share them with those around him. After two years as a catering director, he’s forged a path back to the kitchen with his new company, Ryan Swartling Catering, LLC, which focuses on in-home dinners, barbecue, and creative global cuisine. Get in touch with him via reswartling@gmail.com.

Sam Borgen

Samuel Borgen is a sales manager for Leafly. His passion for weird films is only rivaled by his love for the Seattle Mariners.

Lisa Rough

Lisa is an associate editor at Leafly, specializing in legislative cannabis policy and industry topics.

Jeremiah Wilhelm

Jeremiah is the Strain Researcher at Leafly.

Adam Hoffman

Adam is a freelance science writer living in Brooklyn. He grew up in the Bay Area, where he developed a profound love of fog and tacos. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Health Magazine, and STAT News.

Alan Brochstein, The Cannabis Capitalist

Alan Brochstein, CFA, covers the cannabis industry full time from Houston, running 420 Investor, a subscription-based service for those interested in publicly-traded cannabis stocks, and New Cannabis Ventures, a news and information platform that highlights promising companies and influential investors in the cannabis industry. Before focusing on the cannabis industry in 2013, Alan worked as an independent equity research analyst following two decades as a portfolio manager, trader, and analyst.

Allison Nielsen

Allison Nielsen reports on Florida politics for Sunshine State News. She can be reached at allison@sunshinestatenews.com, or follow her on Twitter: @AllisonNielsen.

Anna Wilcox

Anna is a graduate from the University of Puget Sound, where she studied International Political Economy and English Literature.

Ashley Manta

Ashley is a writer, feminist, and sexuality educator. She is a contributing writer for Leafly.

The Associated Press

The AP is one of the world's largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering.

Brandon R. Reynolds

Brandon R. Reynolds is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor. His work has appeared in Los Angeles magazine, San Francisco magazine, and other publications.

Brian Saady

Brian Saady is the author of the three-book series Rackets, about the legalization of drugs and gambling and the decriminalization of prostitution.

Bruce Barcott and Gage Peake

Leafly Deputy Editor Bruce Barcott is a Guggenheim Fellow and the author of Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America. Gage Peake is a Leafly staff writer and a recent journalism graduate of the University of Nebraska.

Bruce Kennedy

Bruce Kennedy is an award-winning reporter, editor, and producer based in Colorado. He has covered the legal cannabis industry since 2010.

Bruce Lee

Bruce is a copywriter for Privateer Holdings.

Caitlin Podiak

Caitlin is a freelance writer and editor.

Catherine Jacobson

Dr. Catherine Jacobson is a neuroscientist and the clinical research director of Tilray.

Catherine LeClair

Catherine is a writer and editor hailing from Maine and living in Brooklyn.

Charles Mostoller

Charles Mostoller is a photojournalist and writer based in Philadelphia, PA. His work ranges from coverage of immigration and environmental issues to stories that flip the traditional urban narrative on its head. He is also a licensed drone pilot and aerial photographer.

Chase Scheinbaum

Chase Scheinbaum is a journalist who has written about rosin for Bloomberg Businessweek and about other things for Village Voice, Men's Journal, Thrillist, Backpacker, and other publications. He’s a writer-at-large for The Inertia and Fatherly. His superpower is speaking Danish.

Chloe Sommers

Chloe Sommers is an award-winning journalist who reports on drug policy, medical marijuana, and the cannabis industry. Based in Washington, D.C., Sommers is a senior writer for The Marijuana Times and regularly contributes to Leafly, The Weed Blog, and Ganjapreneur.

Chris Kudialis

Chris Kudialis is a reporter for the Las Vegas Sun. He has written articles for the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Observer, Houston Chronicle, Detroit Free Press and Brazil's Rio Times, among other metropolitan dailies.

Chris Roberts

Based in San Francisco, Chris Roberts has been writing about cannabis since spending a few months in Humboldt County in 2009. His work has been published in SF Weekly, Cannabis Now, The Guardian, High Times, and San Francisco Magazine, among others.

Colleen Kimmett

Colleen Kimmett is a Montreal-based journalist who covers issues at the intersection of food, land, and health. Her work has been published in The Guardian, Al Jazeera America, and The Globe and Mail.

Cori Keating

Cori Keating is a health & wellness writer. She enjoys a good read, a long hike, and writing for her blog Why So Well (whysowell.com).

Craig Takeuchi

Craig Takeuchi is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, who has written for numerous publications, including CBC, Vancouver magazine, Inside Vancouver, and the Georgia Straight. He is also a fiction instructor, and his short fiction has been published in several anthologies and literary journals. You can follow him on Twitter @cinecraig.

Crash Barry

Crash Barry has written extensively about Maine’s cannabis culture. He’s the author of the true story Marijuana Valley and the gritty memoir Tough Island. He adapted his novel, Sex, Drugs and Blueberries, into a full-length film of the same name. He lives in western Maine near a marijuana grove.

Dan McCarthy

Dan McCarthy is a Boston-based journalist and editor covering everything from food to politics to pop culture. His work has appeared in VICE, the Boston Globe, Esquire, the Daily Beast, Fast Company, Pacific Standard, and more. He was previously the editor-in-chief for Boston's last surviving alternative weekly newspaper, DigBoston. He lectures at the Northeastern Institute of Cannabis and is currently working on his first book for Union Park Press.

Daniel Brenner

Daniel Brenner is a documentary and editorial photographer based in Denver. He's worked for a variety of newspapers and online publications around the country. He aims to capture serendipitous moments that surprise readers and celebrate the unfamiliar.

Daniel Glick

Daniel Glick is co-founder of The Story Group and author of Monkey Dancing: A Father, Two Kids, and a Journey to the Ends of the Earth. He was formerly a Washington, DC, correspondent for Newsweek and has written for more than 50 national and international publications. He lives in Colorado.

Dante Jordan

Dante Jordan is a freelance writer living in Dallas, TX. He's never met an enchilada he didn't like and the answer is always "yes" to more queso. He can be reached on Twitter @Dante_Jordan, or email at dantenetworks@gmail.com.

Darren Harris

Darren is a data support specialist at Leafly for products and brands.

Dr. Dave Hepburn

Dr. Dave Hepburn is an award-winning syndicated columnist featured in several major newspapers across the United States and Canada, and is a recipient of the prestigious Canadian Community Newspaper Association columnist of the year award. He was a Canadian naval surgeon in the Persian Gulf War in 1991 and served as the doctor for the Pacific fleet for three years. Amongst the growing number of media physicians educated about cannabinoid medicine, he is an member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines, the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids, and Physicians for Medical Cannabis.

David Alvarado

David Alvarado is a Portland-based documentary, editorial, and travel photographer who has worked for Paper Magazine, Mercedes Benz, Water Journal, Willamette Week, and more. He is a veteran, an avid musician, an outdoor enthusiast, and a traveler.

David Bienenstock

Veteran cannabis journalist David Bienenstock is the former editor of High Times, and currently writes about marijuana for VICE, GQ, and other national publications. His latest book, "How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High," was published last year by Penguin/Random House. Follow him on Twitter @pot_handbook.

David Downs

David Downs is a San Francisco-based journalist who edits “Smell the Truth” on SFGate.com. He contributes to WIRED and Rolling Stone, and is the co-founder of “The Hash” podcast.

Dave Schmader

Dave Schmader is Leafly's senior editor focusing on all things Canadian. He's the author of the book Weed: The User's Guide.

David Smith

David Smith is the editor of the Siskiyou Daily News.

Derrick Oliver Dewan

Derrick Oliver Dewan is a poker player, broadcaster, and the founder of www.highrollerradio.net. He can be reached on Twitter @HighRollerRadio.

Diane Goldstein

Lt. Cmdr. Diane Goldstein (Ret.) is a board member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs.

DJ Summers

DJ Summers is a journalist and the author of The Business of Cannabis, set to publish in spring of 2018. Follow him on Twitter @djsummers87 or email him at djsummers100@gmail.com.

Donnell Alexander

Donnell Alexander, a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon, has contributed to Rolling Stone, Jezebel, The Village Voice, Grantland, and Leafly. He’s the author of the memoir "Ghetto Celebrity" and the celebrated short film “Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No."

Eben Britton

Eben is a six-year NFL veteran who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Chicago Bears as an offensive tackle.

Ed Murrieta

Ed Murrieta is a veteran lifestyle journalist and multimedia producer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Cannabist, Wired.com, Leafly, and broadcast on the syndicated public radio show The Splendid Table.

Elianna Lev

Elianna Lev is a writer who lives between Toronto and Vancouver. Her first book, "Sex Made Me," will be re-released by Knife Fork Book in October 2017.

Emily Grosvenor

Emily Grosvenor is an award-winning reporter, travel writer and essayist based in Portland, Oregon.

Enrico Fletzer

Born in Venice, Enrico Fletzer began work as a journalist in the free radio movement and has gone on to write for newspapers and magazines in Europe and North America. He has translated books and films on cannabis and has participated in research in Bologna, Europe's former hemp capital, that led to the Italian Army's cannabis program. He is a member of the Steering Committee of Encod, the European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies.

Erik Castro

Erik Castro is an award-winning photojournalist and frequent contributor to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and San Francisco Chronicle. He is the sole photographer for a book about a new generation of winemakers, The New California Wine, and is currently working on a long-term project documenting the faces of Sonoma County harvest workers. Originally from Los Angeles, he now resides in Santa Rosa.

George McBride

George McBride is head of advocacy at Volteface.

Haley Gray

Haley is a Denver-based freelance writer and an assistant editor at Brock Media, publisher of Boulder Magazine. Her work has appeared in Roads and Kingdoms, 5280 Magazine, and the Albuquerque Journal.

Hanna Brooks Olsen

Hanna Brooks Olsen is a writer and policy consultant living in Seattle. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Nation, Salon, GOOD, HuffPost, Everyday Feminism, Bitch Magazine, and NPR.

Harrison Jordan

Harrison Jordan is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and enjoys reading and writing about the regulatory affairs of cannabis in Canada and around the world.

Hayley Fox

Hayley Fox is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. She writes about LA news, music, and culture for Leafly, LA Weekly, Vice, and other publications.

Heather Shoning

Heather is a writer whose work has been featured in some of the foremost shelter magazines in the country.

Henry Meier

Henry Meier is a reporter in Los Angeles. He loathes Dick Vitale and people who put two spaces after a period.

Jacqueline Havelka

Jacqueline Havelka is a contributing writer for Leafly. She's a rocket scientist turned writer, having worked in the space program for many years managing experiments on the Space Station and Shuttle. Jacqueline currently owns her own firm, Inform Scientific, specializing in technical and medical writing and research program management. When she’s not writing, she is likely watching college football.

Jane West

Jane is the founder and national events director of Women Grow.

Jasmine Pierce

Jasmine is a comedian and writer based in New York City.

Javier Hasse

Javier is a finance and economics writer, reporter, and editor focused on the cannabis and biotech industries. His marijuana-related work is published and/or featured every day on Benzinga, The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Finance, CNN Money, MSN, Morningstar, and Google Finance, among several other relevant mass media outlets. For inquiries or interview requests, reach out via LinkedIn.

Jay Lassiter

Jay has been covering New Jersey politics since 2005, when he founded a political journalism site and became the first credentialed statehouse blogger in America. He currently reports on politics for Leafly and the New York Observer.

Jeremy Kossen

Jeremy is a contributing writer at Leafly. He is a best-selling author, podcaster, and entrepreneur.

Jeremy Kossen and Seth Lorinczi

Jeremy Kossen, a longtime medical writer for Leafly, recently joined Zana Medical as the director of communications and clinical research. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jeremy is a bestselling author and podcaster covering medical cannabis, healthcare, and how they apply to public policy. Portland, OR-based Seth Lorinczi is a writer, composer and musician who once worked as a full-time restaurant reviewer. When he’s not hosting and producing podcasts, Seth enjoys writing and recording music with artists such as Corin Tucker, Modest Mouse, and the Portland Cello Project.

Jeronimo Gonzalez

Born in Colombia, Jeronimo Gonzalez moved to Barcelona about 15 years ago. He is a passionate gardener with 18 years of experience in cannabis horticulture. He works as a photographer and occasional writer for Spain's biggest cannabis magazine, Cañamo, and as a consultant for cannabis entities.

Jesse B. Staniforth

Jesse B. Staniforth is a Montreal-based freelance reporter specializing in Indigenous issues, cybersecurity, music, politics, and death.

Jessica Aragona

As a registered dietitian and nutrition consultant, Jessica has a unique perspective on the nutritional benefits of cannabis.

Joe Dolce

Joe Dolce, the former editor of Details magazine, is the author of Brave New Weed, published in October 2016 by Harper Wave.

John Charles Chasteen

John is the author of "Getting High: Marijuana Through the Ages."

Joshua Jardine

Joshua Jardine writes "Cannabuzz: The Week In Cannabis News" for the Portland Mercury newspaper. He is the founder and CEO of Oregon's Cannabis Concierge.

Jovelle Tamayo

Jovelle Tamayo is a visual journalist and teaching artist currently based in Seattle, WA. She was born in Olongapo, Philippines and raised in Central New Jersey before receiving her degree in Political Science from Rutgers University. Jovelle has contributed work to the Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed News, Seattle Weekly, High Country News, and Kaiser Health News.

Justin Hampton

Justin Hampton has written about cannabis since High Times published his first national byline in 1993. He has also contributed to SPIN, the Los Angeles Times, and the LA Weekly. He works as a lifestyle/communications consultant.

Kate Palbom

Kate Palbom is a Canadian writer and the founder of Oddball Communications. She asks a lot of questions. You can follow her on Twitter @KatePalbom.

Katie Matlack

Katie lives in Austin, where she writes for the Texas Observer, the Austin Chronicle, Leafly, and VICE Sports.

Katie Shapiro

Katie Shapiro is an Aspen-based cannabis writer and the digital editor @AspenSojourner magazine. As “the nation's first-ever marijuana style writer” at The Cannabist, she is a sought-after authority on living life at its highest. Katie also produced the documentary Rolling Papers, which premiered at SXSW in 2015 and is available on-demand. Follow her @kshapiromedia.

Kayla Williams

Kayla is a writer with an emphasis in holistic health, bioengineering, and nutrition/dietetics.

Kelly Coulter

Kelly Coulter is a journalist, essayist, and cannabis policy advisor based in Victoria, British Columbia. She’s been writing about and advocating for policy change in the cannabis space for more than 15 years.

Kentucky Hempsters

Kentucky Hempsters advocate the economic, environmental, nutritional, and agricultural benefits of industrial hemp.

Kenzi Riboulet Zemouli

Kenzi is a French drug policy reform advocate and researcher at FAAAT (Foundation for an Alternative Approach to Addiction and Substance Dependence) who lives in Barcelona, Spain. He is involved in local campaigns in the Occitania (southern France) and Catalonia (northeastern Spain) regions and is a regular at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs meetings at the United Nations in Vienna and Geneva. He focuses primarily on harm reduction issues as they relate to cannabis and on the cannabis social club model as a health-based approach to cannabis policies.

Knute Berger

Knute is a correspondent for Crosscut. He also writes the monthly Grey Matters column for Seattle magazine.

Kristina Marusic

Kristina Marusic is a journalist focusing on LGBT equality, social and environmental justice, and politics. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Slate, Vice, and other national publications.

Lindsey Bartlett

Denver writer and photographer Lindsey Bartlett is an editor at Westword and 303 Magazine, as well as a regular contributor to Leafly.

Lornet Turnbull

Lornet Turnbull is a Seattle-based freelance writer who enjoys frequent, hassle-free trips to Canada. Follow her on Twitter @TurnbullL or email her: lturnbull321@gmail.com.

Lukas Hurt

Lukas Hurt is Leafly’s central and eastern Europe correspondent. Originally from a small town outside Prague, he studied history and English at university. After a stint as a bartender in Ireland, he returned to his home country in 2010, where he now works as a translator, journalist, and editor focusing on cannabis issues. He has advocated for patients and recreational consumers, publishing articles and translating books and scientific studies. He is one of the main contributors to the highly popular Czech cannabis magazine Legalizace.

Lynsey G

Lynsey is a Montana-based journalist, poet, artist, model, and critic. Her work has appeared in Bitch, Nerve.com, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency.

Madison Margolin

Madison is a New York/Los Angeles-based writer who specializes in cannabis coverage. Her work has been featured in Playboy, the LA Weekly, and other publications.

Marcus H. Johnson

Marcus is a national political writer whose essays appear on Weekend Politics, Medium, and other outlets.

Mari Ramsawakh

Mari Ramsawakh is a freelance writer and medical cannabis patient covering legalization news in Toronto. They write about social justice, disability, and gender. More of their work can be read at IndivisibleWriting.com.

Matt D

Matt is a writer for The Berkeley Beacon and online news site eivnews.com.

Michael Knodt

Michael Knodt is Leafly's Germany correspondent. Born in Nordhessen, he has been living in Berlin since 1990. A certified carpenter with a background in history and journalism, he now makes regular visits to countries where hemp is cultivated. He served as editor-in-chief of Hanf Journal from 2005 to 2013 and now writes for numerous German and English-language publications. He is the face and presenter of exzessiv.tv, a popular program on hemp and its prohibition, as well as a proud father of two.

Michelle Slieff

Michelle is a local of Southern California's coastal cities. She enjoys hiking, poetry, and cured meats, but not necessarily in that order.

Mistress Matisse

Mistress Matisse is a writer, professional dominatrix, sex-workers rights activist, and cannabis entrepreneur in Seattle.

Nancy-Anne Rose

Nancy-Anne is a writer and yoga teacher based out of Calgary, Alberta. She also works in the Canadian cannabis industry as a consultant. She has a background in plant biology and agricultural sciences.

Neal Pollack

Neal is a novelist, satirist, yoga instructor, Jeopardy! Champion, proud stoner, and longtime resident of Austin, Texas.

Nicolle Callier

Nicolle is an editorial intern at Leafly.

Pamela Dyer

Pamela is a holistic health coach, private fitness trainer, and an authorized medical cannabis patient.

Pat Radigan

Pat Radigan is a writer based in Sioux Falls, SD, and Lincoln, NE. A former sportswriter, Radigan is currently finishing up a master's degree in journalism at the University of Nebraska.

Patrick Bennett

Patrick lives with his wife and daughter in Denver, where he spends his time writing, photographing, and creating content for the cannabis community.

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts writes about business, technology, and natural resources. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The (UK) Guardian, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Harper’s, and other national publications. His latest book, "The Impulse Society," was published in 2014. He lives in Washington state.

Peter Hecht

Peter Hecht, former political writer and Los Angeles bureau chief for the Sacramento Bee, has been reporting on cannabis since 2009. His coverage has been honored for explanatory reporting in the "Best of the West" journalism awards and earned an Excellence in Journalism prize from the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Hecht is the author of the book “Weed Land: Inside America’s Marijuana Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit.”

Rachel Chambers

Rachel is a lifelong writer and ardent supporter of cannabis as medicine.

Rae Lland

Rae Lland is a freelance writer and editor with a focus on cannabis, gender equality, social justice issues, health, and wellness. She is the former editor-in-chief of Weedist Magazine as well as the former managing editor of The Leaf Online. In addition, her written work has been featured by numerous publications including Leafly, Reset.me, Merry Jane, Ladybud, and Cannabis Now Magazine.

Randi Druzin

Randi Druzin is an author and journalist in Toronto. She has worked at several major media outlets, including the National Post and the CBC, and has written for dozens of publications, such as The New York Times, Time magazine, ESPN The Magazine, and The Globe and Mail.

Randi Wooten

Randi Wooten is a budtender and writer living in Seattle, Washington. After escaping the negative cannabis stigma in South Carolina, she is currently on a steadfast search for the best biscuits in the Pacific Northwest. You can follow her on Instagram @wootraptor, or find her at Dockside Shoreline.

Reed Jackson

Reed is a contributing editor to Leafly News’ pop culture department.

Richard Sharp

Richard is a longtime journalist and entrepreneur based in Toronto.

Rob Reuteman

Rob Reuteman is a former columnist and business editor at the Rocky Mountain News. He now teaches journalism at Colorado State University.

Rod O'Connor

Rod is a contributor to Chicago Magazine, Travel + Leisure, United’s Hemispheres, and other publications.

Ross Scully

Ross hails from the west coast of Ireland but currently resides in Seattle, where he is a project coordinator for Leafly.

Serene Desiree

Serene Desiree is a standup comedian, freelance writer, and (very) amateur historian. Follow her silly ramblings on Twitter @SDezzles.

Sam Riches

Sam Riches is a writer and journalist in Toronto. His work can be found in Vice, Pacific Standard, Wired, and many other publications.

Samuel Wilson

Samuel Wilson is a visual journalist based in Portland, Oregon, but sometimes found in Montana or Alaska. His work has appeared in ESPN, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, AARP, The Denver Post, Rock and Ice, and other publications. His photographs and videos have been recognized by the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association, and Gannett. He is inspired by questions and the pursuit of answers.

Sara Dilley

Sara is a photographer and photo editor.

Scott McIntyre

Scott McIntyre is a South Florida-based independent photographer who focuses on documentary storytelling. His main focus has been finding the people, places, and ideas that make Florida unique. Scott was most recently a staff photographer at the Naples Daily News, where he was named Photographer of the Year (small markets) in NPPA's 2016 Best of Photojournalism Contest.

Sean Carney

Sean Carney is Leafly’s Europe editor. In the 10 years prior to joining Leafly, he was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where he initiated coverage of central European drug policy and of the cannabis industry.

Sean Spencer

Sean Spencer is a writer living and working in Toronto.

Shaleen Title

THC Staffing Group co-founder Shaleen Title is a Boston-based attorney specializing in cannabis regulations and hiring practices.

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Stephen Paulsen

Stephen Paulsen is a freelance journalist based in Houston. He writes about crime, food, drugs, subcultures, and urban planning.

The Stoner’s Cookbook

The Stoner's Cookbook is a community website dedicated to those who appreciate the culinary arts of cooking with cannabis.

Terri Hallenbeck

Terri is a writer for Seven Days, an alternative weekly based in Burlington, Vermont.

Tobias Coughlin-Bogue

Tobias is a writer based out of Seattle. His work has appeared in The Stranger, Broadly, and Real Change News.

Tom Zoellner

Tom Zoellner is a journalist, author, and professor based in Los Angeles. His books include “Train,” “Uranium,” and “A Safeway in Arizona.”

Trevor Hennings

Trevor is a freelance writer and photographer. He has spent years in California working in the cannabis industry.

Trina Calderón

Trina Calderón’s books include Wall Writers, Pump Me Up: DC Subcultures of the 1980’s, Risk: Old Habits Die Hard, and 9:30 Club - A Time and a Place. She co-executive produced BBC America's The Nerdist TV show and co-wrote the feature film Down for Life. Calderón lives in Los Angeles and specializes in writing about art, music, and food subculture, aiming to add a voice where mainstream media does not. She can be reached on Twitter and Instagram under @trinaluz.

Tyler Newman

Tyler is a writer from Minnesota. His interests center on the politics of cannabis legislation.

Wade Brill

Wade survived cancer at the age of 21 and turned her passion and appreciation for life into her own Life Purpose coaching practice.

Zsanelle Edelman

I love: cats, concerts and mac n cheese. I hate ranch dressing and Brussels sprouts.

Zoe Wilder

Zoe Wilder is a cannabis industry consultant, writer, PR and communications professional working with people and businesses alike to cultivate success. In addition to bylines in Rolling Stone, High Times, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Merry Jane, MassRoots, and more, Wilder has been applauded as a “pioneer” and “force” by Stoner Magazine and a “connoisseur of the sticky icky” by Cheddar TV’s Freddy B. She runs her own media and consulting company, a Brooklyn-based independent record label, and holds a MA in Social Work from Fordham University and a BA in English from William & Mary.