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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

Articles contributed to Leafly

Arizona Just Made Cannabis Safer and Saved Every Patient $150

The state's first medical marijuana law update in nine years cuts fees, adds testing, and expands rural access.

David Downs - June 10, 2019

Trump’s China Tariffs Leading to Shoddier, Pricier Vape Carts

President Trump’s trade war with China inflicts pain on the cannabis industry, and consumers too.

David Downs - June 7, 2019

Oakland City Council Decriminalizes Mushrooms, DMT, Ibogaine

Mushroom trips—which alter one’s sense of self, time, and space—have medical use in treating depression and PTSD, among other uses.

David Downs - June 6, 2019

The Best New Cannabis Strains to Grow in 2019

Start gardening new types of Gelato, Purple Punch, and Original Glue this week to have a pound of buds by fall.

David Downs - June 3, 2019

Surprise! Illinois Becomes the 11th Cannabis Legalization State

Residents can carry 30 grams of cannabis; tourists, 15. Legal stores could yield $500 million in annual taxes.

David Downs - May 31, 2019

Flying With CBD? TSA Says It’s Cool

TSA clarifies its policy: CBD is A-OK. There are rules, though. Here's what you need to know.

David Downs - May 28, 2019

Kern County Just Became California’s Worst Cannabis Desert

Kern officials tell law-abiding cancer patients to kick rocks. Meanwhile, the illicit market booms.

David Downs - May 24, 2019

5 Tips for Hunting Your Favorite Strain or Product

How the pros use technology and tips to bag rare, exotic cannabis releases.

David Downs - May 23, 2019

The Hash #18: Dispensary Mythbusting With David Downs

Here's how Leafly pushed back against the myths powering local dispensary bans.

David Downs - May 21, 2019

Grateful Dead Drummer Mickey Hart Talks New Chemdog Mini Pre-Rolls

Hart's brand, Mind Your Head, is long overdue, given the band's importance to cannabis culture.

David Downs - May 21, 2019