Stories by Phillip Smith

Phillip Smith is editor of the AlterNet Drug Reporter and author of the Drug War Chronicle. subscribe to Phillip Smith's feed

Posted on: May 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

With their skill sets made obsolete by marijuana legalization, the state's drug-sniffing canines are out of luck and out of work.

Posted on: May 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

In a historic vote, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment allowing VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana where it is legal.

Posted on: May 13, 2015, Source: AlterNet

When you enforce drug prohibition like we do, in a country awash in guns and riven by racial inequities, sometimes it goes bad. This time two police officers died; mostly, it's civilians.

Posted on: May 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Some West African plants with strange powers show promise for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Posted on: May 10, 2015, Source: AlterNet

We've all heard of cotton mouth, but that's not the only orifice with some marijuana-related issues.

Posted on: May 9, 2015, Source: AlterNet

No more poison from out of the sky for the country's peasant coca farmers.

Posted on: May 8, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Pick your festival and pick your fun.

Posted on: May 6, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Jamaica is being smart and creative about its approach to drug reform.

Posted on: May 5, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Another week's worth of drug war-related law enforcement corruption.

Posted on: May 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Puerto Rico becomes the second US territory to legalize medical marijuana, along with 23 states and the District of Columbia.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2015, Source: AlterNet

No, not California nor Nevada, and not one of the New England states.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Bo Dietl: "I'm just hoping that they did toxicology on" Gray because "I really feel ... possibly, he was on drugs."

Posted on: Apr 26, 2015, Source: AlterNet

As people started taking speed recreationally, the musical tributes to it started pouring out.

Posted on: Apr 24, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Cocaine can be a real test of a police officer's character.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

It's been a common practice among highway cops for the past decade, but detaining drivers after the traffic stop is completed violates the Constitution.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Michele Leonhart is being pushed out the door. Her disastrous performance last week in Congress over DEA sex scandals sealed her fate.

Posted on: Apr 18, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The perfect pot playlist

Posted on: Apr 16, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Embattled DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart's dismal performance in Congress could see her departure.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Like a buddy movie gone bad, tarnished tandems of cops were doing dirty deeds from Brooklyn to Lafayette, and there were a pair of singletons, too.

Posted on: Apr 14, 2015, Source: AlterNet

California is weighing a ban on a trio of obscure drugs, but they ignore the biggest date rape drug of all.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2015, Source: AlterNet

We know the end is coming, but pot prohibition is going to have to be undone state by state. Here are the ones least likely to jump on the bandwagon.

Posted on: Apr 10, 2015, Source: AlterNet

After the state legislature unanimously passed a groundbreaking civil asset forfeiture reform bill, the Republican governor signed it into law today.

Posted on: Apr 10, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Did you know that teens are getting high using Burt's Bees? That's the latest silly teen drug panic, but it's not the first and won't be the last.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Week after week, the death toll keeps rising.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Enforcing drug prohibition led them unto temptation.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2015, Source: AlterNet

We've got us a real rogues' gallery: jail guards, FBI agents, deputies, internal affairs officers, a deputy police chief.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2015, Source: AlterNet

In one fell swoop, the president has doubled the number of drug sentence commutations issued during his term of office. It's a start.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2015, Source: AlterNet

An "all-party" effort to legalize marijuana is now underway in the Italian parliament.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The numbers shouldn't be a surprise, but they're still shockingly good.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2015, Source: AlterNet

An FBI agent whose heroin habit got the best of him, and more all make the rogues' gallery.

Posted on: Mar 17, 2015, Source: AlterNet

'Shrooms are powerful and popular hallucinogens. Now you can watch a fun, fast-paced, three-minute video that shows how they work.

Posted on: Mar 17, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Legalization efforts are heating up at statehouses around the country.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Terry Garnett, Jr. was carrying heroin when a Maryland deputy tried to pull him over. He took off in his SUV and ended up dead on a dead-end street.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet

We insist that poor, drug-producing countries save us from ourselves, but at what cost to them?

Posted on: Mar 10, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Another black man is dead, this time at the hands of undercover cops on a "reverse drugs sting." They said he tried to run them over. No witnesses.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Sens. Cory Booker and Rand Paul are joined by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to end federal prohibition.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A 26-year-old Deltona man was shot in the face and killed in a SWAT raid over small-time pot sales. Police said he was a threat; his friends dispute that.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Bernard Noble's case raises hard questions about race, justice, and profit-taking. Now, there's an effort to commute his sentence.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2015, Source: AlterNet

It was cherries on top, but a major pot operation beneath in a historic Brooklyn factory.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The nation's capitol is set to legalize marijuana at midnight.