Stories by Phillip Smith

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Posted on: Oct 4, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Court administrators in Mass. are scrambling.

Posted on: Oct 4, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Polls show a growing majority of voters support I-502, but a drugged driving provision is drawing criticism from within the drug reform movement.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Wednesday's UN General Assembly session saw not one, not two, but three Latin American heads of state call on it to promote debate on alternatives to the war on drugs.

Posted on: Sep 19, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Colorado's Amendment 64 marijuana is well-positioned to win on November 6, but its opponents are gearing up for battle.

Posted on: Sep 19, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Obama's singling out of Bolivia and Venezuela as countries that have failed to comply with US drug policy demands has sparked sharp reactions.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Posted on: Sep 13, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Romney and Obama are not too different when it comes to marijuana and drug policy.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Marijuana legalization backers unsurprised by the move were quick to strike back.

Posted on: Sep 7, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Posted on: Sep 5, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Denmark already provides maintenance doses of injectable heroin for addicts, but the pills may be available next year.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Posted on: Aug 30, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The Mexico-based Caravan for Peace and Justice and its American allies are now more than halfway through their 6,000-mile, 27-city journey to focus attention on the drug war's terrible toll in both countries.

Posted on: Aug 29, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Neither the overdose victim nor a person who seeks emergency treatment for him shall be charged with having drugs for personal use.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Arkansas will become the first southern state to vote directly on whether to okay the use of medical marijuana.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The legislation would get around the DEA's refusal to differentiate hemp from marijuana and allow American farmers to grow it.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

An American Olympic judo contender, Nick Delpopolo, was expelled from the London 2012 Olympic Games Monday after he tested positive for marijuana.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Posted on: Jul 27, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The I-502 campaign, the state initiative to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana, racked up big bucks with a handful of contributions and a new poll that suggests victory in November.

Posted on: Jul 20, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

A bipartisan effort has reintroduced the Truth in Trials Act again -- but will unprecedented federal crackdowns help push it through the House?

Posted on: Jul 20, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

These states are not undertaking a radical rethinking of the rote resort to incarceration, but they are nibbling at the edges, particularly when it comes to drug offenders.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The Oregon Marijuana Policy Initiative (OMPI) has filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Kate Brown over her office's invalidation of tens of thousands of signatures.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Here are some good reads about one of our favorite subjects.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Because basement and garage chemists can tweak the formulas to create similar, legal drugs, we may be entering an endless loop of prohibition.

Posted on: Jul 6, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Posted on: Jul 4, 2012, Source: Stop The Drug War

Posted on: Jun 27, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The Global Commission on Drugs has released a report explaining how drug war enforcement raises barriers to HIV treatment -- and what we can do to stop it.

Posted on: Jun 25, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

By selling marijuana to registered users, the Uruguayan government hopes to take profits away from drug dealers and weaken crime in the country.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Groups concerned with the border, immigrant rights, human rights, racial justice, and labor are all coming on board to end the war on drugs.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Cedars-Sinai hospital told medical marijuana users they must test negative for six months to re-qualify for the wait list, and also take drug abuse counseling for the same period.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

With the backing of Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D), Chicago's council will vote later this month on an ordinance that would decriminalize the possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana.

Posted on: Jun 15, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Posted on: Jun 12, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Pot advocates called Holder out for being a liar when he said the Justice Department only busts people or organizations violating state laws.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

If numbers are to be trusted and the will of the legislature is to be respected, Governor Chafee has an easy call of signing Rhode Island's decriminalization bill into law.

Posted on: May 30, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Posted on: May 25, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

2012 could be the year that legalization actually wins, and voters in at least two states -- Colorado and Washington -- will have the chance to make that happen.

Posted on: May 23, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

May 11th, Honduran police and DEA agents engaged in a disastrous series of heavy-handed tactics, mistakenly killing four innocent Hondurans before inspiring a machete-yielding mob.

Posted on: May 22, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Doctors and organizers say it is unfair to give Douglas, who already did five years on a drug charge, additional time instead of a chance at treatment.

Posted on: May 7, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Drivers found with a certain amount of THC in their blood are automatically presumed to be driving under the influence of drugs, even if they can show they were not impaired.

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