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 11, 2017, Source: AlterNet

There are a lot of PTSD sufferers--and not just veterans--out there. The good news is that access to medical marijuana to treat it is spreading.

Posted on: Mar 9, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Yet another ominous sound-bite from the nation's leading law enforcement officer.

Posted on: Mar 9, 2017, Source: AlterNet

The skies are surprisingly friendly for marijuana users who want to fly with their stashes.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2017, Source: AlterNet

This handy graphic covers just a few of the reasons we need to free the weed.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Thousands have been deported whose most serious criminal offense was smoking pot. We can change that.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2017, Source: AlterNet

There have been hints of a looming crackdown, but there are a lot of potential costs—political and otherwise.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2017, Source: AlterNet

It kind of feels like 1972 again.

Posted on: Feb 26, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Leading drug policy wonk Mark Kleiman speaks out on achieving a smarter stance toward hallucinogens.

Posted on: Feb 23, 2017, Source: AlterNet

And the obstacles that might stop him.

Posted on: Feb 23, 2017, Source: AlterNet

There were ominous words spoken in the press briefing room Thursday.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2017, Source: AlterNet

And it wasn't even Louie Gohmert or Steve King.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Marijuana may be legal where you live, but it remains illegal under federal law.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2017, Source: AlterNet

The multi-billion dollar border boondoggle can be defeated with medieval siege technology.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2017, Source: AlterNet

"We have no choice" but to double down on failed crime-fighting strategies, the president claims.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2017, Source: AlterNet

You can't make this up.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Capitol Hill still has a major role to play in advancing—or retarding—further advances toward legalization.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2017, Source: AlterNet

The power to commute prison sentences is rarely exercised, but can generate powerful results when it is, as Papa shares in his new book.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Now what? An Interview with the Sentencing Project's Marc Mauer.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Is it a new phenomenon or a marketing ploy?

Posted on: Feb 1, 2017, Source: AlterNet

The record is relatively sparse, but the Denver-based jurist is aware of the contradiction in state and federal pot policy. He also goes easy on police.