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: Jun 25, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Before LSD was criminalized, it was used in thousands of research experiments. Here's a time-lapse snapshot of its effect on one artist.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Pot farmers in the Emerald Triangle are taking a page from the wine industry.

Posted on: Jun 21, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The avenue of hash and weed sellers in Copenhagen just picks up the pieces and resumes sales before the cops are even gone.

Posted on: Jun 20, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The Supremes green-light more invasions of privacy.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2016, Source: AlterNet

So, you want to get in on the green gold rush. Here's where the opportunities are.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2016, Source: AlterNet

While legal weed has excited all kinds of entrepreneurial interest, the big corporate players have shied away. That just changed.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The phrase fishing trip takes on a whole new meaning.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The legal landscape for medical marijuana in the Golden State remains unsettled, and now cops in Sonoma County have swooped down on a major player.

Posted on: Jun 13, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Some U.S. senators are beginning to come around on marijuana, but there's still a sizable contingent of old-school weed warriors. Here are the worst.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Predatory policing in Tulsa results in one man's demise—and raises questions about how, and for whom, the criminal justice system works.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2016, Source: AlterNet

This would mean a very different kind of grass-fed beef.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The state's political establishment is pulling out the stops in its bid to block it, but the fat lady hasn't sung just yet.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Cannabis capitalism is flexing its economic muscle in California's pot growing heartland, and not everybody is sure that's such a good thing.

Posted on: Jun 3, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Drug prohibition isn't a war on drugs, but on drug users and sellers—and every war has its casualties.

Posted on: May 31, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Purdue Pharma claims the drug is effective for 12 hours. The LA Times just reported that it isn't. Now, Sen. Ed Markey wants the feds to take a look.

Posted on: May 30, 2016, Source: AlterNet

A new administration hostile to marijuana and a new memo from the Justice Department could crash the pot movement.

Posted on: May 25, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Or laugh out loud.

Posted on: May 24, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Baby boomers have discovered (or rediscovered) the bud.

Posted on: May 23, 2016, Source: AlterNet

A Florida environmentalist hopes his hemp car could lead the charge in making carbon neutral vehicles.

Posted on: May 21, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Or, the problem with click-bait headlines.