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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

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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.

David Downs - July 5, 2018

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.

David Downs - June 13, 2018

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.

David Downs - May 31, 2018

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.

David Downs - June 26, 2018

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.

David Downs - July 27, 2018

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Code Blue! California’s medical cannabis ID card system has collapsed

In a state with 40 million people, only 4,551 patients obtained the official patient card last fiscal year.

David Downs - November 11, 2019

Vape injury update: CDC confirms vitamin E acetate as ‘very strong culprit’

The CDC identified vitamin E acetate, a cutting agent used in illicit market THC vape cartridges, present in 29 of 29 lung fluid samples from patients in 10 states.

David Downs - November 8, 2019

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 - November 8, 2019

Here’s why there are so few legal cannabis stores in Los Angeles

The city of 4 million has no target dates for more licensed, operational stores in the next two years.

David Downs - October 31, 2019

Gifting cannabis to the terminally ill becomes tax-exempt in California

Under Prop. 64 it actually cost money to give away medicine to patients in need. But how much can growers afford to give?

David Downs - October 29, 2019

Farmers rejoice: Harvest season flips to seller’s market

Prices are up for outdoor cannabis in the legal states, buoying farmers, but frustrating deal-hunters.

David Downs - October 15, 2019

Rudy Giuliani’s Ukraine fixers indicted in US cannabis corruption scheme

Three Soviet Union-born US citizens linked to Rudy Guilani and Ukraine have been indicted for illegal campaign donations in Nevada.

David Downs - October 10, 2019

Massive power outage threatens NorCal cannabis harvest

Countless millions of dollars of crops could spoil over five days.

David Downs - October 9, 2019

Farm to freezer: Why ‘fresh-frozen’ is taking over the cannabis harvest

Freezing a cannabis harvest has gone from bizarre to mandatory. Here’s why.

David Downs - October 9, 2019

California vape maker Kushy Punch caught making illegal products

State officials suspect legal products were going out the front door, while illegal products slipped out the back.

David Downs - October 4, 2019