LJ Dawson


LJ Dawson is a journalist based in Washington, D.C., with a strong passion for criminal justice and drug policy reform. She is founder of the notable criminal justice newsletter The Des, and has covered diverse topics for outlets such as POLITICO and Denver Westword, ranging from cannabis and criminal justice to outdoor sports and arts & culture. Passionate about telling compelling stories, LJ believes in the power of journalism to build bridges and foster community.

Gaspard Le Dem

Gaspard Le Dem is an investigative reporter and photojournalist. He’s worked in local and international newsrooms, covering a wide range of stories from voting hurdles for D.C. prisoners to exploding manholes in New York City. His work has most notably been published by Washington City Paper, DCist, THE CITY, and the Agence France-Presse. Send him tips on all things cannabis-related on Twitter at @GLD_Live. More by Gaspard Le Dem

Brandon Soderberg

Brandon Soderberg is a Baltimore-based journalist reporting on cops, drugs, and protest, who also reviews movies for Bmore Art and cannabis for the Colorado Springs Independent. His work has been published in the New York Times, Vice, the Outline, and many other publications and he is the former editor-in-chief of the Baltimore City Paper and a former contributing writer to Spin. His book, “I Got A Monster: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad” is out on St. Martin’s Press later this year. More by Brandon Soderberg

Meghan Thompson

Meghan Thompson is a reporter based out of Rockville, Maryland who covers the cannabis industry and its intersection with politics, criminal justice reform, and economic opportunity. Following her graduation from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland in 2020, Meghan was a budtender at a dispensary in Towson for a year and moved onto become an editor for the National Institute for Cannabis Investors. More by Meghan Thompson

Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously served as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and the daily news website Baltimore Fishbowl. He has written about cannabis policy and criminal justice issues for CityLab, Slate, Leafly and elsewhere. More by Ethan McLeod

Julia Travers

Julia Travers is a writer who often covers social justice movements, the nonprofit sector and science. She has written for NPR, Earth Island Journal, YES! Magazine, Virginia Dogwood and Civil Eats, among other publications. A Virginia native, she currently lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. She’s online at jtravers.journoportfolio.com. More by Julia Travers

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