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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

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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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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 - January 10, 2020

Illinois dispensary supply levels—Can they hold up?

Illinois marijuana dispensary shortages will persist for 60 days to 6 months. Learn why and how long until recreational cannabis sales mature in Illinois.

David Downs - December 26, 2019

California eighths are averaging $34 for the holidays

Leafly's December report on California cannabis prices, markets, and trends.

David Downs - December 23, 2019

Legal vape markets literally 1,000% safer than street

A new analysis compiled by Leafly finds prohibition states had 10% the number of vape injuries per capita as legalization states. Officials have yet to confirm any injuries exclusively associated with a licensed store or product in the US.

David Downs - December 19, 2019

Illinois dispensary tax rates and where that money goes

How much will you be paying in taxes on Jan. 1 when recreational sales start? Leafly breaks it down for you.

David Downs - December 19, 2019

The Emerald Cup 2019 winners and where to buy them

The strain Ice Cream Cake dominates. Also don’t miss Runtz, Alien Labs’ Baklava, and Zendo peanut butter.

David Downs - December 16, 2019

Earth’s hottest cannabis trends for sale at The Emerald Cup

The 16th annual competition is a world’s fair of what’s smoking in cannabis. Let's shop.

David Downs - December 3, 2019

Does CBD show up on a drug test?

You are unlikely to fail a drug test because of CBD consumption. But buildups of trace THC that lingers in some CBD products could skew your results to a false positive.

David Downs - November 21, 2019

How to read a CBD label

CBD oil and other products come in myriad packages—here’s the key to deciphering what you need to know.

David Downs - November 21, 2019