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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

Most popular articles

The best 4/20 events of North America 2020

Amid cancelations, the 4/20 spirit can still burn bright.

David Downs - March 23, 2020

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

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Celebrate 710 with 12 days of dabs, wax, and hash

Celebrate the 12 most popular cannabis extracts with Leafly this 710.

David Downs - July 9, 2020

America’s most affordable THC wax, oil, and hash of 2020

Celebrate July 4 and Oil Day with the most value-priced extracts of Colorado, Oregon, California, Florida, and beyond.

David Downs - July 2, 2020

Embrace extraction! 710 is way bigger than just oil and dabbing

Concentrates help millions of nanas, kids, and professionals quietly benefit from extracts. This 710, unlock the freedom to use cannabis your way.

David Downs - July 1, 2020

Best cannabis strains of summer 2020

Whether you're sheltering, loving, living, or chilling, pick up some Runtz, Lava Cake, GG4, and more, as they burn up the charts during this crazy year.

David Downs - June 18, 2020

Leafly’s guide to California’s cannabis delivery services

Cannabis couriers are rolling from the Golden Gate to Pacific Beach.

David Downs - June 17, 2020

43 West Coast cannabis dispensaries report looting in weekend rioting

Cannabis dispensaries were targeted in the weekend's looting because they carry cash and an easily sellable product. Professional burglars also exploited slow police response times.

David Downs - June 1, 2020

Los Angeles explosion shows perils of illicit cannabis market

12 firefighters were injured in an explosion at a butane wholesaler serving the illegal market.

David Downs - May 18, 2020

Rest in peace Joesy Whales, co-creator of cannabis strain Original Glue

Original Glue co-creator Joesy "Don" Whales passed away last week, leaving behind a legendary strain in the cannabis world.

David Downs - May 11, 2020

5 ways to thank a cannabis worker on 4/20

America’s 243,000 cannabis workers have your back. Tip well and pay it forward.

David Downs - April 19, 2020