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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

Articles contributed to Leafly

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

The best California cannabis seed and clone stores of 2020

From Los Angeles and San Diego to the SF Bay and beyond, here's where you can pick up some cannabis seeds in California to start your homegrow.

David Downs - February 19, 2020

The best new cannabis strains to grow in 2020

Check out these trending cannabis cultivars that’ll make your garden pop in 2020.

David Downs - February 18, 2020

Leafly investigation: Vape lung injuries date back to 2007

A review of medical literature and online forums finds that vape-related lung injuries began appearing shortly after the first nicotine devices hit the mass market.

David Downs - February 18, 2020