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David Downs directs news and lifestyle coverage as the California Bureau Chief for 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

The best 4/20 events of North America 2020

Amid cancelations, the 4/20 spirit can still burn bright.

David Downs - March 23, 2020

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.

David Downs - July 5, 2018

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.

David Downs - June 13, 2018

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.

David Downs - May 31, 2018

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.

David Downs - June 26, 2018

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How to conduct clean cannabis sales in the age of COVID-19

Dispensaries adapt to protect staff and customers. Gloves, curbside pickup, fever checks, and store limitations are the new normal.

David Downs - April 3, 2020

COVID-19: How cannabis companies are helping in the crisis

Some are making hand sanitizer. Others donate farm PPE to hospitals and ramp up food bank donations.

David Downs - March 31, 2020

Legal cannabis delivery services: Here’s what you need to know

Here’s what to expect the first time you use a legal marijuana delivery service.

David Downs - March 27, 2020

Curbside cannabis pickup: Why it’s booming and how it works

Cannabis is essential, but walk-in purchasing isn't. So order online. Bring cash. Drive up. Tip fat.

David Downs - March 25, 2020

The best 4/20 events of North America 2020

Amid cancelations, the 4/20 spirit can still burn bright.

David Downs - March 23, 2020

5 reasons why it’s the perfect time to start growing cannabis

Cannabis gardening can be a good hobby in lonely times. Check out why now's a great time to start growing at home.

David Downs - March 18, 2020

How cannabis experts are stocking up for COVID-19 self-isolation

Edibles. Dabs. Whiskey. Ammo? #coronaviruschallenge accepted!

David Downs - March 16, 2020

Is Weedmaps in hot water with federal prosecutors?

A leaked grand jury subpoena demanded nearly all company documents dating back to 2008. Here's what it could mean.

David Downs - March 15, 2020

Illinois sells $1 million in legal cannabis—per day

Gov. Pritzker reports $39 million in cannabis sales in January.

David Downs - March 10, 2020

Coronavirus drives cannabis sales bump, then slump

CDC advises getting a 30-day supply of medication due to COVID-19 outbreak.

David Downs - March 6, 2020