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Upcoming David Downs Events

Find upcoming David Downs events and appearances below:

Office Hours — Monday, May 21, 6 p.m.; Harvest Off Mission

Got a burning cannabis question, story pitch, or story idea? Come say high at my first "Office Hours" event, held Monday, May 21 at 6 p.m. in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood at the dispensary Harvest Off Mission — 33 29th St, San Francisco, CA 94110. I'll sign and sell some "Harvest" books, as well as give away a few. Plus, you can sample some of the elite strains and products I'm reviewing and mingle with members of your cannabis community! Eventbrite RSVP here.

Pledge Drive — Thursday, May 24, 9 a.m., KZYX Radio

Cannabis gurus Ed Rosenthal and David Downs, authors of Marijuana Harvest, will be Jane Futcher’s guests on the special Pledge Drive edition of The Cannabis Hour, at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 24 on KZYX. They’ll talk about how to maximize quality and yield of your cannabis crop while reducing expenses and will have copies of their book to give away to lucky pledge-drive donors.

Yelp Panel — Monday,  June 11, 7 p.m.; Lolo | 974 Valencia St, San Francisco

The burnign issues around integrating cannabis and dining out. Panel Moderator David Downs (Award-winning Journalist & Author, Founder of GreenState for The SF Chronicle faciliates a lively audience interaction with: Yannick Crespo (Co-founder & CEO of Pot d'Huile Cannabis Infused Olive Oil); Chef Robin Song (Executive Chef of Gibson); and Kyndra Miller (ESQ, CEO & Principal Lawyer at CannaBusiness Law).

Appearance — Thursday, August 2; 2nd Annual North Coast Wine + Weed Symposium, Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, Santa Rosa, CA

Details to be announced.

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Some awards, some news ...

First: The awards. The Chronicle took a Scripps Howard award for Breaking News for its ‘Wine Country Fires’, to which GreenStatecontributedseveral stories.

Also, GreenState reporter Spencer Silva is a finalist for a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence award for In-Depth Reporting (Large) and Interactive. Winners will be announced and finalists honored at this year's Region 11 Spring Conference April 27-28, 2018 in Universal City, California.

Next up: I’m wrapping things up with GreenState this week and handing the baton to The Chronicle. In the last 18 months, we accomplished our goals of creating a future-forward cannabis media brand. I'll miss working next to so many talented people in one room. But it’s time to move on to new challenges.

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The Medical Marijuana Guidebook By David Downs Is Selling Briskly

Hi, guys. Long time no chat, but it's because I've been pretty busy. As of today, you can be the first to get a signed copy of my new book The Medical Marijuana Guidebook, which is for sale direct at as well as through Amazon and my publisher Whitman. Here's what some key folks are saying about the book:

"The medical marijuana landscape in the US can be extremely difficult to navigate. The Medical Marijuana Guidebook is essential for those who want to maximize the benefits of the marijuana plant. David Downs provides a comprehensive look at the plant, its use and the laws that surround it." —Amanda Reiman PhD MSW | Manager, Marijuana Law and Policy, Drug Policy Alliance
"David Downs does a great job of summarizing the most useful things to know about medical cannabis, both for the cannabis-experienced, as well as cannabis-naive patient."—Frank H. Lucido MD, Berkeley, California
"An excellent introductory manual for those seeking to n…

Marijuana, Luxury, and a New Column for 7X7

I'm starting to track the intersection of cannabis and Bay Area luxury/power/money in a new column for 7X7 Magazine.

We're still working on the name for it. First it was "High Society". Currently it's "Cannabis Insider". I'm not in love with either. But we're definitely keeping the pseudonym: Herb Caine.

Read: "Cannabis Insider: Pitching Pot in the Twitter Building", in 7X7.