Independent Cannabis News for the Carolinas

Carolina Cannabis News contributors are a team of accomplished, independent media makers taking on cannabis prohibition in North and South Carolina. Led by award-winning journalist Rhiannon Fionn, who is currently serving as both an editor and the publisher, we aim to cover the cannabis issue from as many angles as possible in an effort to offer the people of the Carolinas the most accurate information available.

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Our Team

BY Rhiannon Fionn

BY Rhiannon Fionn

Editor & Publisher

Rhiannon Fionn is an award-winning journalist based in Charlotte, N.C.

Kimberly Lawson

Kimberly Lawson

Editor and Contributor

EditorKimberly Lawson is a former editor of Creative Loafing, Charlotte, North Carolina’s former alt-weekly (RIP). She now lives in Georgia where she continues to practice journalism. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times and VICE Broadly.

Bonnie Cranmer

Bonnie Cranmer

Sales Director

Bonnie Cranmer has worked in media and marketing for most of her career. She is focused on helping Carolina Cannabis News connect with sponsors and advertisers and is also interested in helping Carolina cannabis companies with strategic marketing.

Photos by Grant Baldwin

Photos by Grant Baldwin

Photojournalist

Grant Baldwin is a Charlotte-based photojournalist. View more of his work at GrantBaldwinPhoto.com and on Flickr.

Gary Band

Gary Band

Reporter

Gary Band has worked as a reporter and editor since 1999 at weekly and daily newspapers in Massachusetts, Vermont, northern New Jersey and western New York. He lives with his wife in Cary, N.C.  

Danielle Simone Brand

Danielle Simone Brand

Contributor

Danielle Simone Brand, an independent journalist based in California, writes about cannabis, homesteading and parenting. Her work appears on TheWeek.com, Kveller.com and ChopraCenter.com. She is writing for Carolina Cannabis News as Part of our "Voices from the Green Side" series.

Matt Brunson

Matt Brunson

Film Critic

Longtime Charlotte-based movie critic.

Kelly Helms

Kelly Helms

Health Columnist

Nerdy girl-next-door who excels in everything science and goofball. Kelly is also a healthcare professional, a small business owner and a mother. And she wants to talk to you about your endocannabinoid system.

Rod Kight

Rod Kight

Cannabis Attorney, Contributor

Rod Kight is an attorney who represents lawful cannabis businesses. He speaks at cannabis conferences across the country, drafts and presents cannabis legislation to foreign governments, is regularly quoted on cannabis matters in the media and maintains the Kight on Cannabis legal blog, where he discusses legal issues affecting the cannabis industry. You can contact him here.

His articles are republished on CarolinaCannabisNews.com with permission. They originally appear on his blog Kight on Cannabis.

Kirsten Summa

Kirsten Summa

Contributor, Nutritionist of Earth Goddess Wellness

Kirsten is a Charlotte-based nutritionist, advocate and media maker. And she's determined to educate the masses about cannabidiol (CBD) -- how to use it, how to buy it and how it might affect your health.

Mike Watson

Mike Watson

Social Justice Contributor

Mike Watson has been educating, inspiring, creating and directing for the past 25 years. At the core of his heart-centric philosophy is this purposeful process: the heart speaks, the mind listens and the spirit acts. Mike works with those inclined toward worthy goals, guided by core human values, and in relationship with all stakeholders. He believes in the power of diversity, working collaboratively and the development of insight as a tool for creativity and prosperity.