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I'm Steve Elliott ~alapoet~, a 56-year-old writer, editor, ex-musician, dreamer, reality catcher, ex-con, husband and father.
I write the national news section of The Northwest Leaf, a print magazine for the medical marijuana industry here in Washington state, and The Oregon Leaf, which does the same in Oregon.
As well, I'm former editor of Hemp News (2013-2016), the internet's longest running compilation of international news stories about hemp and cannabis.
I have three kids, seven tattoos, a criminal record, a terminal disease, and an attitude.
I was born in Alabama and spent the first 38 years of my life there and in Mississippi. In the 1970s and 1980s, I was a drummer in various hard rock bar bands in Alabama and Mississippi.
Since 1985, I've worked for newspapers, ad agencies and magazines. I've also taken inventory, indulged in independent entrepreneurship, run a newspaper route and served time. I've been on the West Coast, L.A. or Seattle, since 1999.
- University of North Alabama1978 - 1982
- Toke SignalsBig Pork Daddy, 2013 - present
- Seattle WeeklyMarijuana Reviewer, 2011 - 2014
- Toke of the TownEditor, 2009 - 2013
- Hemp NewsEditor / Reporter, 2013 - 2016
- NW Leaf / Oregon Leaf / Alaska LeafNational News columnist, 2013 - present
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