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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

5 powerful stories helping to debunk dispensary myths

Former mayors, police officers, current city leaders, and operators speak their truths on the impact of local cannabis retail.

David Downs - May 20, 2019

Legalization Gave Police Time to Fight Real Crime, Study Finds

US police spend five hours per week, per officer—$13.7 billion each year—on marijuana crimes.

David Downs - May 17, 2019

New California Bill Would Override Local Bans on Cannabis Stores

An unprecedented bill would triple the number of retail outlets to over 2,200.

David Downs - May 15, 2019

North Dakota Stops Arresting Folks for a Little Cannabis—Finally

Half of all drug arrests in the Roughrider State in 2016 were for marijuana.

David Downs - May 9, 2019

Illinois’ New Legalization Bill Looks Pretty Rad

Gov. JB Pritzker's Senate Bill 7 would grant broad personal freedoms and learns the lessons of past legalization.

David Downs - May 6, 2019

Expungement Efforts Surge on 4/20 With Ben & Jerry’s, Code for America

A pint of Half-Baked and 4.2% to charity with every order? We'll take two!

David Downs - April 19, 2019

Carl’s Jr.’s First CBD Burger Hits on 4/20 in Denver

The $4.20 cheeseburger includes two beef patties, topped with pickled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, fries, and a CBD-infused “Santa Fe sauce” with 5 milligrams of CBD.

David Downs - April 17, 2019

The Best 4/20 Events in America 2019

Snoop Dogg, the Marley Family, Bone Thugz, and more — Leafly presents 2019's ultimate 4/20 events calendar, and it’s lit.

David Downs - April 9, 2019

This One Chart Captures California’s Cannabis Supply Crunch

April has turned into one nail-biter of a month for California’s legal cannabis industry.

David Downs - April 3, 2019

Portland’s $6 Eighth-Ounces Are the Future of Cannabis

Prohibition jacked the price of cannabis up by a factor of ten. Need proof? Look at what happens when prohibition ends.

David Downs - March 21, 2019