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: Oct 15, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Maine's governor wanted to sway people to vote against the state's pot legalization initiative, but he may have achieved the opposite.

Posted on: Oct 12, 2016, Source: AlterNet

There's got to be a better way, and Human Rights Watch and the ACLU call for it: drug decriminalization.

Posted on: Oct 8, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Marijuana legalization is on the ballot in five states next month. It could be a clean sweep.

Posted on: Oct 5, 2016, Source: AlterNet

They were getting stoned along the Silk Road before Christ walked the earth.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The list of arguments against raising the minimum wage got a bizarre new addition this week.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Members of Congress are joining the rising chorus of people calling on the DEA to reconsider.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2016, Source: AlterNet

What's really going up an actor's nose or in her arm in the movies?

Posted on: Sep 26, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Another tragic, easily avoidable killing.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2016, Source: AlterNet

It's not anger over the police killing of black men, it's not despair over increasing race and class divisions. No, blame it on drugs.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2016, Source: AlterNet

All they wanted was to catch a buzz.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2016, Source: AlterNet

A broad-based heroin and opioids task force has recommended them. The mayor, the county executive, and the county sheriff are on board.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The findings of a new study have implications for psychedelic therapy.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2016, Source: AlterNet

By 1967, LSD was illegal in California and Jack Webb was more than happy to go after the hippie scourge.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The first week of the month has seen a sudden spike in killings related to domestic drug law enforcement.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Big Pharma has long been accused of trying to block marijuana legalization.

Posted on: Sep 6, 2016, Source: AlterNet

This is an afternoon tea with the ladies like you haven't seen before.

Posted on: Sep 4, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The war on drugs plays out on America's streets and leaves a toll of dead behind. And about one out of 10 are cops.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Trump has created a right-wing trifecta of xenophobia, drug panic and law-and-order posturing, but his toxic politics could leave him trapped.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2016, Source: AlterNet

It's like opium's mild-mannered little sister, with very low overdose potential, and it helps with opioid withdrawal, but now the hammer is coming down.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2016, Source: AlterNet

"License plate profiling" just got a slap-down from the 10th Circuit in Denver.