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David Downs
David Downs directs news and lifestyle coverage as the California Bureau Chief for Leafly.com. He's written for WIRED, Rolling Stone and Billboard, and is the former cannabis editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as the author of several cannabis books including 'Marijuana Harvest' by Ed Rosenthal and David Downs. He co-hosts The Hash podcast. TW: @davidrdowns | IG @daviddowns
Most Popular Articles

Here’s How to Buy and Review Vape Carts

The best disposable cartridges for cannabis extract vaporizers share a few common characteristics. Learn how to buy and review quality marijuana vape carts.

Stock Up Now, California. A Lot of Cannabis Is About to Disappear From Stores

California consumers are encountering steep discounts this June of 30 to 90 percent at recreational cannabis stores in the run-up to a July 1 deadline for non-compliant products to be purged from retail shelves.

What’s Legal With Cannabis on July 1 in Massachusetts and Vermont

We're still waiting for Massachusetts stores to open, but Vermont and Bay State residents can pack super legal bowls starting Sunday.

World’s First Cannabis Bank Advances in California

A bill to create a state-charted bank serving the cannabis industry passes a crucial vote in Sacramento.

Lagunitas Brewing’s Hi-Fi Hops Is a Stoney, Hoppy La Croix

Leafly gets an exclusive hands-on taste-testing with Lagunitas Brewing and AbsolueXtracts’ game-changing THC bevvie.

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Illicit Cannabis Vape Carts Hospitalized 7 in California, Doctors Say

A rare public health warning was issued to avoid illicit market THC e-cigarettes.

How Does Your State Rate for Medical Marijuana in 2019?

Americans for Safe Access finds Oregon and Illinois have the best patient programs. The worst? Texas and the Southeast states.

Legal Cannabis Mellowed Outside Lands Megafestival

Inside the safest, most secure cannabis sales and consumption in Golden Gate Park history.

Outside Lands Nabs Historic Permit to Partake, Sell Cannabis

Do a legal $10 dab before Childish Gambino. This is America.

40% THC Flower?! How Lab Shopping and THC Inflation Cheat Cannabis Consumers

Here's why consumers should come to their senses and move beyond THC.

‘Old Town Road’ Censored Marijuana Lyric Revealed

Billy Ray Cyrus wrote his part in ten minutes. Columbia Record censored one word.

Former Drug Warrior Biden Unveils Cannabis Decriminalization Plan

Automatic expungements and rescheduling included. But no federal adult use legalization.

Banks Are Redlining the 99% Out of the Legal Cannabis Industry

It can cost $2 million to open a licensed cannabis store. And not a bank in the nation will offer a small business loan.

Illinois Just Legalized Cannabis. Here’s What Happens Next

Adult-use sales will start Jan. 1, 2020—a little more than 200 days away. Retailers, start your engines.

Best Cannabis Strains of Summer 2019

Sundae Driver, Banana Punch, GMO Cookies, and White Nectarine bring the heat to summer this year.

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