About WeedWeek

The least interesting thing about marijuana is what happens after you smoke it.

At WeedWeek, we don’t have anything against getting high, but we view the phenomenon of cannabis legalization through a wider lens. It’s a complex political story, inseparable from the cruelest aspects of American history, as well as a cultural and scientific catalyst.

Cannabis is also an industry, one poised to achieve staggering growth, with ripple effects across the economy. It’s easy to crack jokes about weed and the people who enjoy it, but this business is exceptionally challenging. Participants need credible and timely information.

WeedWeek aims to become the authoritative source of news and business intelligence for the industry’s leaders and aspiring leaders. We’re also building out a suite of information resources that will help them do their jobs better.

Quick Hits
2015
Start of WeedWeek newsletter
9000+
Number of newsletter subscribers
2020
Major expansion & daily reporting

Business journalist Alex Halperin started writing the WeedWeek newsletter in 2015. It now has more than 8,000 subscribers including many of the most influential figures in the cannabis world. They appreciate our incisive writing, aggressive reporting and that we are editorially independent. Advertisers have no influence on our editorial content. In 2020, we launched a major expansion and we now publish original reporting and analysis daily.

Cannabis is North America’s most interesting industry, and arguably its fastest growing. We think WeedWeek is the best way to follow it and hope you’ll take the time to explore our offerings.

Quartz recently called us one of the best cannabis news resources.

The Team
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Alex
Halperin
Founder and CEO
Alex Halperin is a freelance business reporter in L. A. where he covers the marijuana industry, writes the newsletter WeedWeek and co-hosts the WeedWeek Podcast. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Fast Company and many other publications.
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Donnell
Alexander
California newsletter producer
Donnell Alexander has been consuming cannabis and the culture around it since 1978. His 2003 memoir Ghetto celebrity is among the century’s better-known literary weed anthems. And Dock Ellis told Alexander the story of his LSD No-No.
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Dan
Mitchell
Business columnist
Dan Mitchell is a veteran journalist based in Oakland, Calif. He has written for The New York Times, Fortune, Wired, National Public Radio, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, Leafly, and many other publications.
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Willis
Jacobson
Reporter
Willis Jacobson is an award-winning journalist whose career has spanned both coasts. Now based on the Central Coast of California, he has covered cannabis news and issues since 2015.
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Ngaio
Bealum
Culture columnist
Ngaio Bealum is a writer, comedian, cannabis enthusiast, a decent juggler and a really good cribbage player. Follow him on the social medias(@ngaio420) and find him at your favorite weed fests when this pandemic is over.
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Lisa Marie
Dudenhoeffer
Director of Revenue & Happiness
Lisa Marie is a veteran revenue, marketing and media sponsorship executive combined. Who brings not only expertise in driving
revenue, but extensive professional experience in lifestyle marketing and social media.

One of my favorite things to do on Monday morning is read the weekly WeedWeek newsletter. It’s hard-hitting, and full of important updates / happenings throughout the industry.

Max Simon, CEO, Green Flower Media