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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

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

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