Stories by David Downs

David Downs is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Wired, Rolling Stone, the Onion, and the New York Times. He writes the syndicated weekly column "Legalization Nation" and edits pot blog Smell the Truth on SFGate.com. subscribe to David Downs's feed

Posted on: Jul 8, 2014, Source: East Bay Express

The federal farm bill coupled with state legislation means the agricultural mecca could get a new cash crop.

Posted on: May 23, 2014, Source: AlterNet

It's the first time in economic history that a growing, multi-billion market has no big, multinational players.

Posted on: May 8, 2014, Source: East Bay Express

Bans on dispensaries and home cultivation are sweeping the Golden State.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2014, Source: East Bay Express

CBS yanked WeedMaps' Times Square billboard and Google, Facebook, Yahoo are still banning dispensary listings.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

It's a new era of pot-infused goodies like soda, candy, and baked goods. Here's how to consume carefully.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2014, Source: East Bay Express

California’s police chiefs continue to block any legislation to regulate the state’s multibillion-dollar medical marijuana industry.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Colorado, where you can buy legal cannabis in America for the first time in 77 years.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The surprising political and business evolution of Steve Katz.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The trend toward marijuana legalization collides with the decades-old road safety push.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2013, Source: East Bay Express

Law enforcement is now pointing to the environmental harms caused by illegal pot farms to justify the ongoing Drug War. But they've got it backwards.

Posted on: Dec 29, 2012, Source: East Bay Express

Now that Colorado and Washington have done it, California reformers are eyeing 2014 or 2016 for another ballot initiative -- but their optimism is laced with caution.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2009, Source: East Bay Express

If pot is truly medicine, shouldn't it be standardized? A lab has big plans to test the potency of Cali cannabis sold in dispensaries.