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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

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

California vape maker Kushy Punch caught making illegal products

State officials suspect legal products were going out the front door, while illegal products slipped out the back.

David Downs - October 4, 2019

The top 9 cannabis strains of the fall 2019 harvest season

It's the Year of the MAC for fall harvest 2019. Plus, Sherbacio, Dosi Punch, OZ Kush, and classics like Durban are coming down from the fields.

David Downs - September 24, 2019

Amid vape pen lung disease deaths: What exactly is vitamin E oil?

After six suspected vape pen deaths, chemists and doctors explain why vitamin E oil is a problematic additive.

David Downs - September 11, 2019

Regulators, Industry React to Vitamin E-Tainted Vape Carts

New York subpoenas chemical makers. Gaps emerge in testing programs in Oregon, California, and Washington.

David Downs - September 9, 2019