Solomon Israel is the full-time cannabis reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press and its national cannabis news website, TheLeafNews.com. He covers the social, legal, medical and scientific aspects of marijuana legalization in Manitoba and the rest of Canada.
Solomon grew up in Boston, the son of two native Winnipeggers. He came to Canada in 2003 to attend the University of Toronto, and completed his masters of journalism at Carleton University in 2011.
After being anointed as a journalist, Solomon went straight to CBC News in Toronto, where he worked as a TV news producer on The Lang and O'Leary Exchange and other business news programming for CBC News Network.
After shifting to digital news reporting for CBC.ca, Solomon decided to stand out from the crowd by specializing in a timely topic: cannabis. He drove out to Colorado in the summer of 2016 to report firsthand on how legalized marijuana had affected the state, and came back to Canada determined to learn everything he could about the subject.
Solomon reported on Canada's nascent legal cannabis industry for the business news section of CBC.ca, until the Winnipeg Free Press lured him to the prairies with the opportunity to be the first dedicated cannabis reporter for a Canadian daily newspaper.
When Solomon isn't deep in the weeds searching for a story, he enjoys playing drums and meeting every dog in Winnipeg.
You can share your marijuana-related story tips with Solomon by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.