As of Election Day 2020, 1 in 3 Americans live in a state where adults can legally buy cannabis. Here’s what we know about the drug.

Bob Leeds, co-owner of Sea of Green Farms, shows some of the marijuana he produces during at his facility in Seattle.
Bob Leeds, co-owner of Sea of Green Farms, shows some of the marijuana he produces during at his facility in Seattle.
Bob Leeds, co-owner of Sea of Green Farms, shows some of the marijuana he produces during at his facility in Seattle.
Bob Leeds, co-owner of Sea of Green Farms, shows some of the marijuana he produces during a tour of his company’s facility in Seattle, Washington June 30, 2014. Photo: Jason Redmond/Reuters

By Erin Brodwin and Julia Naftulin

Marijuana’s official designation in the US as a Schedule 1 drug — something with “no currently accepted medical use” — means it has been pretty tough to study.

That remains the case, despite the fact that, at a state level, the drug is increasingly accessible for the general public.

As of Election Day 2020, when Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota gave the green light to marijuana…


Experts agree: This virus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But it’s possible that in the months ahead we’ll devise bright new ways to fight back.

A vaccine syringe.
A vaccine syringe.
A vaccine syringe.
Experts agree: The novel coronavirus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Photo: Samantha Lee/Insider

By Andrew Dunn, Aria Bendix, and Hilary Brueck

As the pandemic approaches its second year, the coronavirus has morphed into a tougher foe.

Several mutations that scientists have identified in rapidly spreading variants are particularly worrisome. They raise concerns that these strains will be more contagious or be able to at least partly evade protection provided by vaccines and by prior infections.

Let’s be clear: No one knows how the next phase of the pandemic…


Rudy Giuliani’s pathetic press conference underscored how little President Trump has to back his claims of election fraud. It was also hilarious.

Former New York City Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Former New York City Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Former New York City Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Former New York City Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Image

By Linette Lopez

On Thursday former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani — representing the President of the United States — took to television to decry the outcome of the 2020 election, spout conspiracy theories, and echo disproven lies.

One of his equally glassy-eyed fellows claimed that former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez — a man who died in 2013 — helped rig the 2020 election.

Giuliani sweat so profusely that his hair dye ran down his face. He…


After watching her friends buy homes this year, writer Jen Glantz wondered if she should do the same.

The author asked financial advisors if she should buy a home and they recommended it, but she decided to keep renting. Photo: Yellow Dog Productions/Getty Images

By Jen Glantz

Over the past year, many of my friends decided to ditch renting and buy homes. As I watched them go through the process of finding a realtor, getting a mortgage, and closing on their very first homes, I couldn’t help but think about how much I don’t want to follow in their footsteps, at least not right now.

I enjoy renting at this stage in my life because I like having the flexibility to pack up and move to…


The highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus now makes up the majority of US COVID-19 cases. It sent markets plunging last week.

A person holds a “Vaccine” sign.
A person holds a “Vaccine” sign.
A person holds a “Vaccine” sign.
The Delta variant of the coronavirus is putting the unvaccinated at risk. Photo: Irfan Khan/Getty Images

By Hillary Hoffower and Andy Kiersz

Just when Americans are getting into the throes of a hot vaxx summer, the Delta variant of the coronavirus is trying to stop the fun.

The far more contagious variant currently accounts for 83% of all new sequenced COVID-19 cases in the US, the CDC announced on Monday. …


“The forbearance has given me room to breathe. I’ve always wanted an emergency fund, and thanks to the CARES Act I’ve been able to start one.”

From left to right: Camryn Hicks, Glenda Johnson, and Dylan Cawley.
From left to right: Camryn Hicks, Glenda Johnson, and Dylan Cawley.
From left to right: Camryn Hicks, Glenda Johnson, and Dylan Cawley.
From left to right: Camryn Hicks, Glenda Johnson, and Dylan Cawley. Photo: Courtesy of Insider

By Meira Gebel

Millions of Americans are still recovering from the financial turmoil of the pandemic.

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, some student loan borrowers were granted forbearance — a pause on monthly payments.

The relief, however, is coming to an end soon: Borrowers must restart making payments after September 30.

Insider spoke with three people about how the end of COVID-19 student-loan forbearance will affect their…


The incentives around college rankings forced universities to take actions during the pandemic that made student experiences worse and more expensive.

A graphic featuring figures holding up a U.S. News & World Report banner.
A graphic featuring figures holding up a U.S. News & World Report banner.
A graphic featuring figures holding up a U.S. News & World Report banner.
The incentives around college rankings forced universities to take actions during the pandemic that made student experiences worse and more expensive. Photo: U.S. News & World Report; Samantha Lee/Insider

By Walt Hickey

Early September is a blisteringly busy time for colleges and universities, with the start of the new semester and a whole new class of students kicking off the year of studies. …


Walmart is a global retail powerhouse with nearly 1.6 million employees in the US alone. Insider spoke to six former and current workers.

A few Walmart employees.
A few Walmart employees.
A few Walmart employees.
Employees spoke about stress, teamwork, and shoppers “grazing” in the produce section. Photo: Jeff Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

By Allana Akhtar and Áine Cain

Anyone working a public-facing job might expect to encounter some shocking moments, especially in the retail industry. That’s especially true for Walmart’s legion of nearly 1.6 million US store employees, who work at the largest retail chain in the world.

Insider spoke to six workers — four currently employed by Walmart and two who recently worked there — about the most shocking aspects of their jobs. We confirmed the employment status…


You can learn more about a company’s trustworthiness from its Better Business Bureau rating, but you should do additional research too.

Two people using a laptop.
Two people using a laptop.
Two people using a laptop.
The Better Business Bureau ranks companies on how well they interact with customers. Photo: fizkes/Shutterstock

By Rickie Houston, CEPF

Earlier in May, Robinhood faced user retaliation due to a cryptocurrency trading outage that occurred while dogecoin prices skyrocketed. While the investment app fully restored crypto trading, its server issues prevented many users from placing dogecoin orders.

In addition, when Gamestop (GME) and several other Reddit-hyped stocks soared earlier in 2021, investment apps including Robinhood came under fire for temporarily halting stock purchases. …


Truck drivers reveal their reactions to a new federal law on drug testing, from lending support to calling it “completely ridiculous.”

Marijuana.
Marijuana.
Marijuana.
This plant is causing a lot of controversy. Photo: Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

By Rachel Premack

A federal rule that went into effect in 2020 is taking commercial drivers off our highways if they test positive for illegal drugs.

While the idea to crack down on drivers taking dangerous substances is commendable, the majority of those who have lost their licenses thanks to the new law tested positive for marijuana — a drug that is legal for medical use in 37 states and recreationally legal in 18 states plus Washington D.C.

In…

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