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: 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.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The residents of the District voted for it. Congressional Republicans couldn't stop it. And DC becomes the next locality to free the weed.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Change is coming through the ballot box on marijuana reform.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

An Alabama man was shot and killed during a pre-dawn SWAT raid Friday morning. There are unanswered questions.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Marijuana is already legal in four states and DC, and 23 states have medical marijuana. Now, a pair of federal legalization bills are in the hopper.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A sentence handed down this week in Dothan, Alabama, raises questions about fairness and justice. And race.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The stoner comedy celebrates everybody's favorite herb, and the best are comedic gems.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2015, Source: AlterNet

An amber fossil found in Burma offers tantalizing insights into dino-tripping.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Some ultramarathon runners use marijuana, and they say it helps them compete. Scientists aren't so sure, but that isn't stopping the racers.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The scent of criminal justice reform is in the air on Capitol Hill this year. Now, a broad coalition is calling for reforms to be deep and serious.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The techniques of fear and manipulation are nothing new. Here's how they've been applied with great success in crafting our harsh drug policies.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2015, Source: AlterNet

US domestic drug law enforcement operations left a deadly toll this week.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2015, Source: AlterNet

They may not want to legalize it, but some of them have certainly enjoyed it.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The war on drugs takes a corrosive toll on law enforcement. Here's this week's rogue's gallery of cops (and jail guards) gone rotten.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A new report predicts that 14 more states will have joined the four that already legalized it by 2020. And there could be even more.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The president's Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal is out, and when it comes to the war on drugs, Obama is pretty much staying the course.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Some giants of science, the arts and industry tripped their brains out—and never looked back.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Four states and DC have already legalized—here's the next crop.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The home of Rastafari and Bob Marley is taking the first step toward freeing the weed.

Posted on: Jan 19, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Big green is getting increasingly mainstream.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Holder finally addresses the abusive police practice of seizing people's assets without charging them with a crime.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Impressive moves by the City Council.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Pot is popular on its own, but some people like to mix things up.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Dr. Stanton Peele weighs in on the approach of Alcoholics Anonymous, 12-step programs, and much more.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2015, Source: Drug War Chronicle

no teaser

Posted on: Jan 5, 2015, Source: AlterNet

It's not California, and it's not Colorado.

Posted on: Dec 31, 2014, Source: AlterNet

2014 saw a huge number of landmark reforms and votes.

Posted on: Dec 30, 2014, Source: AlterNet

PTSD affects tens of thousands of US Iraq and Afghan war veterans, and millions of other Americans, too.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Aggressive enforcement of the drug laws can have terrifying consequences.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Check those drugs!