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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

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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

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.

David Downs - July 27, 2018

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Vape pen lung injury: Here’s what you need to know

Throw away any street-purchased vape carts. Pen makers are cutting them with dangerous additives including Vitamin E oil.

David Downs - October 17, 2019

Rudy Giuliani’s Ukraine fixers indicted in US cannabis corruption scheme

Three Soviet Union-born US citizens linked to Rudy Guilani and Ukraine have been indicted for illegal campaign donations in Nevada.

David Downs - October 10, 2019

Massive power outage threatens NorCal cannabis harvest

Countless millions of dollars of crops could spoil over five days.

David Downs - October 9, 2019

Farm to freezer: Why ‘fresh-frozen’ is taking over the cannabis harvest

Freezing a cannabis harvest has gone from bizarre to mandatory. Here’s why.

David Downs - October 9, 2019

Amid vape pen lung disease deaths: What exactly is vitamin E oil?

After six suspected vape pen deaths, chemists and doctors explain why vitamin E oil is a problematic additive.

David Downs - September 11, 2019

Regulators, Industry React to Vitamin E-Tainted Vape Carts

New York subpoenas chemical makers. Gaps emerge in testing programs in Oregon, California, and Washington.

David Downs - September 9, 2019

Vape cart additive makers pull products as others go dark

As officials focus on vape carts tainted with vitamin E oil, the website for Honey Cut, a diluent named by Leafly last week, just vanished.

David Downs - September 6, 2019