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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

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

Los Angeles County expunges 66,000 marijuana convictions in a day

Los Angeles County undertook a massive expungement effort.

David Downs - February 13, 2020

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 - January 10, 2020

Illinois dispensary supply levels—Can they hold up?

Illinois marijuana dispensary shortages will persist for 60 days to 6 months. Learn why and how long until recreational cannabis sales mature in Illinois.

David Downs - December 26, 2019

California eighths are averaging $34 for the holidays

Leafly's December report on California cannabis prices, markets, and trends.

David Downs - December 23, 2019

Legal vape markets literally 1,000% safer than street

A new analysis compiled by Leafly finds prohibition states had 10% the number of vape injuries per capita as legalization states. Officials have yet to confirm any injuries exclusively associated with a licensed store or product in the US.

David Downs - December 19, 2019

Illinois dispensary tax rates and where that money goes

How much will you be paying in taxes on Jan. 1 when recreational sales start? Leafly breaks it down for you.

David Downs - December 19, 2019