The Hash #18: Dispensary Mythbusting With David Downs

Published on May 21, 2019 · Last updated July 28, 2020
Leafly California Bureau Chief David Downs (Leafly)
Leafly California Bureau Chief David Downs (Leafly)

A record ten US states have legalized adult use of cannabis, but that does not mean voters in those states live with easy access to herb. About 50% of cities and counties in legal states ban cannabis stores. But why?

Over the past few weeks, I dove into this issue with, Bruce Barcott, deputy editor at Leafly, as well as a research team. Last week, we released our findings in a white paper called Debunking Dispensary Myths, which got picked up by outlets including Rolling Stone, Benzinga, and many others.

In this episode, my co-host Max and I detail what’s actually going on in neighborhoods across the country that sell legal cannabis, and which common assumptions are straight up wrong.

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The Hash, Season 4, Episode 18: David Downs, Leafly California Bureau Chief

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David Downs
David Downs
Leafly Senior Editor David Downs is the former Cannabis Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. He's appeared on The Today Show, and written for Scientific American, The New York Times, WIRED, Rolling Stone, The Onion A/V Club, High Times, and many more outlets. He is a 2023 judge for The Emerald Cup, and has covered weed since 2009.
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