Stories by Phillip S. Smith

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Posted on: Apr 29, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The decision is now Gov. Schweitzer's, and the clock is ticking.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

All California has done is shift the burden of the state's corrections overcrowding to the counties, fails to fund crime prevention services like drug treatment, and more.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The Committee for the Positive Insistence on a Sane Society (PISS) said it was sending the urine sample to Scott to peacefully protest against his drug testing policy.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Whether it's medical marijuana, decriminalization, or legalization, New Englanders are keeping the pressure on.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Patients, providers, advocates, and family members have lined up to unleash volleys of criticism at NJ's proposed medical marijuana rules.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Medical marijuana had the support of a whopping 79% of respondents. Support was above 70% in every demographic, with even 72% of Republicans favoring it.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

See-saw battle over medical pot emerges.

Posted on: Feb 3, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle

As states' budgets bleed, some of them are shifting from "tough on crime" to "smart on crime."

Posted on: Nov 19, 2010, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The newly elected rightist Dutch government said it wants to bar foreigners from the country's famous cannabis coffee shops.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2010, Source: Drug War Chronicle

DEA chief nominee Leonhart is opposed by the drug reform, medical marijuana, and hemp movements, but insiders say it is all but a done deal.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2010, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The conservative Heritage Foundation has issued a backgrounder report urging for hundreds of millions in cuts to the nation's funding of the failed drug war.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2010, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The campaign to pass California's Proposition 19, the tax and regulate marijuana legalization initiative, is seeing some good-sized late donations

Posted on: Oct 10, 2010, Source: StoptheDrugWar.org

Prop. 19 would make California the first state to legalize marijuana.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2010, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Michigan could become the first state in the nation to drug test drivers if a Republican lawmaker has his way, even though research shows tests generate false positives.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2010, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Panel of marijuana criminal defense attorneys on the opening day of NORML's 39th Annual National Conference in Portland unanimously suggest: exercise your right to remain silent.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2010, Source: Drug Reform Coordination Network

The drug war has become an issue in the Kentucky Senate race after Republican Rand Paul attacked federal funding of drug task forces.

Posted on: Aug 15, 2010, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Support for legalization correlates with support for liberal positions on other social issues.

Posted on: Aug 8, 2010, Source: Drug War Chronicle

For nearly 30 years, the Campaign Against Planting has waged a quixotic battle to eradicate California's outdoor marijuana industry. It's at it again this year.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2010, Source: Drug War Chronicle

With $7.3 billion spent and 21,000 fighters from all sides and an estimated 14,000 civilians killed, Plan Colombia's positive effects aren't easy to distinguish.

Posted on: Jul 5, 2010, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Arizona activists have qualified an initiative for the ballot and look to be sitting pretty -- at least for now.

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