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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

Articles contributed to Leafly

Nationwide cannabis legalization bill advances on Capitol Hill

Marijuana legalization advocates are making historic advances in Congress. Read the details.

David Downs - November 20, 2019

Surprise! Michigan adult-use cannabis sales begin Dec. 1

Just in time for Christmas: Michigan officials will allow 12 stores to open within weeks. (Sorry, not you, Detroit.)

David Downs - November 13, 2019

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

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