About

Founding Statement

Cannabis is rich territory for serious journalism. Legalization raises urgent questions about regulation and law, technology and taxation, science and business, criminal justice and individual liberties. It stands at the intersection of a booming billion-dollar industry and promising advances in medicine, all while remaining federally illegal.

That’s where Cannabis Wire comes in. Nushin Rashidian and Alyson Martin, the journalists who founded the publication, have been covering cannabis for national and international publications since 2010 and co-wrote one of the first books about legalization, A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition (The New Press, 2014). (They also wrote a piece for Nieman Reports in 2017 about exemplary cannabis coverage, and created a course called Covering Cannabis in early 2018 for Poynter.)

Legalization is spreading across the country and the globe. Cannabis Wire will focus not on the arguments about whether cannabis should be legalized, but instead cover the robust debates over how. These debates all too often bypass voters, as the industry and its regulators, advocates, and opponents trade shots.

Cannabis Wire will also investigate the social and economic complexities that come with legalization, providing deep-dive analysis on evolving policy matters. It will serve as a watchdog over emerging influences and special interests in this rising industry. Our journalism is produced by veteran reporters and editors with a stake in an informed public—and not in the cannabis industry.

The team

Founder, Editor and Reporter

Co-author of A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition (The New Press, 2014). Bylines: The Atlantic, The New York Times, BuzzFeed News, and The Nation. Adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. @alysonrmartin

Founder, Editor and Reporter

Co-author of A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition (The New Press, 2014). Research lead of Platforms and Publishers project at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. @nushinrashidian

Senior Editor

Adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University’s School of Journalism and editor of The Big Roundtable, a platform for narrative nonfiction. He is the former longtime editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. @michaelhoyt

Reporter

A graduate student at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY. She previously reported on agriculture, sustainable development, and mental health in India.

Developer

Software Engineer with a Bachelors of Technology degree from NYCCT. Full-Stack Web Developer for Cannabis Wire. WordPress custom Theme and Plugin Developer. @MagdaSicknick

Cannabis Wire is working with freelance correspondents across the globe, and partnering with both local and large newsrooms. If you’re interested in working with our team, get in touch: editors@cannabiswire.com.

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