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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

Articles contributed to Leafly

40% THC Flower?! How Lab Shopping and THC Inflation Cheat Cannabis Consumers

Here's why consumers should come to their senses and move beyond THC.

David Downs - August 8, 2019

‘Old Town Road’ Censored Marijuana Lyric Revealed

Billy Ray Cyrus wrote his part in ten minutes. Columbia Record censored one word.

David Downs - August 7, 2019

Former Drug Warrior Biden Unveils Cannabis Decriminalization Plan

Automatic expungements and rescheduling included. But no federal adult use legalization.

David Downs - July 23, 2019

Banks Are Redlining the 99% Out of the Legal Cannabis Industry

It can cost $2 million to open a licensed cannabis store. And not a bank in the nation will offer a small business loan.

David Downs - July 21, 2019

Illinois Just Legalized Cannabis. Here’s What Happens Next

Adult-use sales will start Jan. 1, 2020—a little more than 200 days away. Retailers, start your engines.

David Downs - June 25, 2019

Best cannabis strains of summer 2019

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

David Downs - June 24, 2019