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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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Best Cannabis Strains of Summer 2019

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

Oakland City Council Decriminalizes Mushrooms, DMT, Ibogaine

Mushroom trips—which alter one’s sense of self, time, and space—have medical use in treating depression and PTSD, among other uses.

The Best New Cannabis Strains to Grow in 2019

Start gardening new types of Gelato, Purple Punch, and Original Glue this week to have a pound of buds by fall.

Surprise! Illinois Becomes the 11th Cannabis Legalization State

Residents can carry 30 grams of cannabis; tourists, 15. Legal stores could yield $500 million in annual taxes.

Flying With CBD? TSA Says It’s Cool

TSA clarifies its policy: CBD is A-OK. There are rules, though. Here's what you need to know.

5 Tips for Hunting Your Favorite Strain or Product

How the pros use technology and tips to bag rare, exotic cannabis releases.

The Hash #18: Dispensary Mythbusting With David Downs

Here's how Leafly pushed back against the myths powering local dispensary bans.

New California Bill Would Override Local Bans on Cannabis Stores

An unprecedented bill would triple the number of retail outlets to over 2,200.

North Dakota Stops Arresting Folks for a Little Cannabis—Finally

Half of all drug arrests in the Roughrider State in 2016 were for marijuana.

Expungement Efforts Surge on 4/20 With Ben & Jerry’s, Code for America

A pint of Half-Baked and 4.2% to charity with every order? We'll take two!

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