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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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Illicit cannabis vape carts hospitalized 7 in California, doctors say

A rare public health warning was issued to avoid illicit market THC e-cigarettes.

David Downs - August 16, 2019

How does your state rate for medical marijuana in 2019?

Americans for Safe Access finds Oregon and Illinois have the best patient programs. The worst? Texas and the Southeast states.

David Downs - August 14, 2019

Legal Cannabis Mellowed Outside Lands Megafestival

Inside the safest, most secure cannabis sales and consumption in Golden Gate Park history.

David Downs - August 12, 2019

Outside Lands Nabs Historic Permit to Partake, Sell Cannabis

Do a legal $10 dab before Childish Gambino. This is America.

David Downs - August 8, 2019

40% THC Flower?! How Lab Shopping and THC Inflation Cheat Cannabis Consumers

Here's why consumers should come to their senses and move beyond THC.

David Downs - August 8, 2019

‘Old Town Road’ Censored Marijuana Lyric Revealed

Billy Ray Cyrus wrote his part in ten minutes. Columbia Record censored one word.

David Downs - August 7, 2019

Former Drug Warrior Biden Unveils Cannabis Decriminalization Plan

Automatic expungements and rescheduling included. But no federal adult use legalization.

David Downs - July 23, 2019

Banks Are Redlining the 99% Out of the Legal Cannabis Industry

It can cost $2 million to open a licensed cannabis store. And not a bank in the nation will offer a small business loan.

David Downs - July 21, 2019

In California’s Cannabis War, Civil Is the New Criminal

In Humboldt County, civil codes and $10k-a-day fines are working where SWAT raids failed. The strategy is about to go statewide.

David Downs - July 16, 2019

Americans Bought $400M in Cannabis for July Fourth

Step aside, 4/20. America's birthday is making cannabis cash registers ring.

David Downs - July 8, 2019