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Janet Burns

Janet Burns is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn who finds drugs, tech, labor, and culture extremely interesting, among other things. She also hosts the cannabis news and conversation podcast The Toke.

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Tests of CBD oils reveal three surprise chemicals, one big problem

Lab testing of popular CBD products found synthetic cannabinoids—also known as K2 or Spice—a popular cough syrup chemical, and a whole lot of melatonin.

Janet Burns - December 20, 2018

How a Tiny Island Nation Could Use Cannabis to Disrupt Diabetes Care

After legalizing medical marijuana, the Pacific nation of Vanuatu has become a test case for how cannabis could drive down the cost of diabetes care.

Janet Burns - November 15, 2018

There’s a Mess of Legalization Bills in Congress. Here’s What Really Matters

The influx is a good sign for cannabis reform’s prospects in Congress, but it can also be confusing: Why can’t lawmakers work together on a single bill to address everything?

Janet Burns - March 21, 2019

This dispensary staffed up 3,000% last year—and they’re still hiring

A year ago, Philadelphia's TerraVida dispensary had 3 employees. Now it has nearly 100. The secret? Good pay, benefits, and work environment.

Janet Burns - March 7, 2019

Barr Tells Senate He Won’t ‘Go After’ Cannabis Companies

'Investments have been made' in cannabis, Barr said, which was kind of a weird way to defend state legalization.

Janet Burns - January 15, 2019

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This new drug education program could actually keep teens safer

Moving beyond D.A.R.E., the new "Safety First" program is being tested in NYC and San Francisco.

Janet Burns - October 31, 2019

FBI: Cannabis arrests on the rise for 3rd year running

Law enforcement made an estimated 663,367 cannabis-related arrests in 2018, according to FBI data released this week, up from an estimated 659,700 the previous year. Most were for simple possession.

Janet Burns - October 4, 2019

Why Don’t We Know More About Cannabis and Psychosis?

Some pundits claim cannabis causes psychosis. Scientists aren't so sure. A new study asks why, after years of research, the relationship remains so uncertain.

Janet Burns - July 18, 2019

How Montel Williams Took Back His Stolen CBD Brand

When a fraudster ripped off the TV star's CBD customers, Williams fought back and won. But it came at a price.

Janet Burns - June 4, 2019

There’s a Mess of Legalization Bills in Congress. Here’s What Really Matters

The influx is a good sign for cannabis reform’s prospects in Congress, but it can also be confusing: Why can’t lawmakers work together on a single bill to address everything?

Janet Burns - March 21, 2019

This dispensary staffed up 3,000% last year—and they’re still hiring

A year ago, Philadelphia's TerraVida dispensary had 3 employees. Now it has nearly 100. The secret? Good pay, benefits, and work environment.

Janet Burns - March 7, 2019

Barr Tells Senate He Won’t ‘Go After’ Cannabis Companies

'Investments have been made' in cannabis, Barr said, which was kind of a weird way to defend state legalization.

Janet Burns - January 15, 2019

Could Trump’s Next Attorney General Actually Be Worse Than Jeff Sessions?

William Barr fed America's mass incarceration crisis in the 1990s. Did he learn from that debacle, or will he double down on failure?

Janet Burns - January 14, 2019

Tests of CBD oils reveal three surprise chemicals, one big problem

Lab testing of popular CBD products found synthetic cannabinoids—also known as K2 or Spice—a popular cough syrup chemical, and a whole lot of melatonin.

Janet Burns - December 20, 2018

How a Tiny Island Nation Could Use Cannabis to Disrupt Diabetes Care

After legalizing medical marijuana, the Pacific nation of Vanuatu has become a test case for how cannabis could drive down the cost of diabetes care.

Janet Burns - November 15, 2018