I'm a Los Angeles/New York-based journalist on the cannabis beat, with a secondary specialty covering Judaism and spirituality. In jest, I'll often say I write about "Jews & Drugs," though it's hardly a joke. I'm passionate and curious about how people transcend their minds to access something greater than themselves — whether they're getting high off acid or God, meditating, making music, doing yoga, or wrapping tefillin, I've set out to explore the various ways people nourish their souls. This is what drives me, and most of my writing, in some way or another, connects back to this theme. Beyond the Jewish cannabis beat(s), I've also written about culture, science, policy, and psychedelics.
I started out with a column on cannabis at the Village Voice, just after I graduated from Columbia Journalism School. Prior to that, I lived in Tel Aviv, working with Israel's African refugee community. In a past life, I also lived at a crazy co-op called Cloyne, while studying rhetoric and linguistics at UC Berkeley.
In addition to print journalism, I've dabbled in copywriting and radio, having written for companies like Eaze, Vitality Biopharma, Herbal Blend, Phivida, and the Buried Alive Project, as well as having appeared on In the Know 420, KPFK's The 420 Files, KNCE's Wake Up Taos, Rogue 420, and other shows. I also co-host Vices & Visions, a podcast with Rabbi Dan Ain about God and spirit, drugs and creativity, launching spring 2018.