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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 writes a weekly column, The Cali Way. 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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Carl’s Jr.’s First CBD Burger Hits on 4/20 in Denver

The $4.20 cheeseburger includes two beef patties, topped with pickled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, fries, and a CBD-infused “Santa Fe sauce” with 5 milligrams of CBD.

The Best 4/20 Events in America 2019

Snoop Dogg, the Marley Family, Bone Thugz, and more — Leafly presents 2019's ultimate 4/20 events calendar, and it’s lit.

This One Chart Captures California’s Cannabis Supply Crunch

April has turned into one nail-biter of a month for California’s legal cannabis industry.

Portland’s $6 Eighth-Ounces Are the Future of Cannabis

Prohibition jacked the price of cannabis up by a factor of ten. Need proof? Look at what happens when prohibition ends.

‘Costco of Cannabis’ Aims to Cut Prices in Half. Will it Work?

Golden State cannabis prices have doubled post-legalization. We tried saving mad money with Flower Co.— a wholesale buyer's club backed by Y Combinator.

SXSW Cannabis Headliner Draws Crowds and Protest

Former US House Speaker John Boehner appeared on behalf of Acreage Cannabis, prompting a small backlash against "corporate cannabis."

Missouri Police Searched a Hospitalized Cancer Patient for Cannabis. Here’s Why

Medical marijuana laws don’t pair well with the US healthcare system. That’s especially true in Missouri, where medical laws don’t kick in until after Aug. 4. “What would you do, man?”

Uh-Oh, California Could Run Out of Legal Cannabis by Summer

More than 6,000 temporary farm licenses are expiring through July. Only nine permanent licenses have been issued to replace them.

California Made $300 Million on Legal Cannabis in 2018, and It’s Just Getting Started

The new revenue is equivalent to average salaries for an extra 4,000 teachers, or 3,500 additional police officers.

2019 Is the Year California Cracks Down on Illicit Cannabis

The heat is on in California, judging by the recent tempo of arrests and closures across the Golden State.

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