Company: POLITICO Magazine & The Washington Post
Specialization: Cannabis policy, politics, history, and business
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
James Higdon is a native of Marion County, Kentucky. In the late 1980s, when he was an adolescent, more than 70 men from that area were arrested on 30 farms in 10 states with 200 tons of marijuana, all from a group that became known as the “Cornbread Mafia.” Higdon went on to get degrees from Centre College, Brown University, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Then, he returned home to write the story of his hometown in his first book, “The Cornbread Mafia,” which was published in 2012. Since then, he has become a nationally recognized journalist covering the cannabis industry and marijuana policy for POLITICO Magazine. Most recently, Higdon has co-founded Cornbread CBD, a CBD products company organized as a public benefit corporation.