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: 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.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2016, Source: AlterNet

"The interconnectedness of man and nature, self-actualization, self-awareness. Build it. Swedish."

Posted on: Aug 20, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Medical marijuana could be the law in the majority of states by the time Election Day is over.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Fortunately, it was a very unusual Schedule I drug.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Phelps was infamously busted doing a bong hit, and Bolt has been known to pass the dutchie.

Posted on: Aug 16, 2016, Source: AlterNet

They said it couldn't be done.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2016, Source: AlterNet

With California in the lead, 2016 stands to be the biggest year yet for ending pot prohibition.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Pot smokers, patients and the marijuana industry alike are waiting with bated breath for the DEA to decide. Maybe they should just exhale.

Posted on: Aug 8, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Young people are the most likely to say they are regular users; church goers the least likely.