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: Jan 14, 2017, Source: AlterNet

She calls kratom a "scourge on society."

Posted on: Jan 7, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Getting too high takes the fun out of getting high. Here are some tips for avoiding "too high" and how to mitigate it if you are.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2017, Source: AlterNet

There was a lot of good drug reform news last year, but also some really ugly stuff.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2017, Source: AlterNet

$24 billion is no joke.

Posted on: Jan 2, 2017, Source: AlterNet

A spate of December drug war deaths brought the year's total to 49, in line with recent years that saw people killed at the rate of about one a week.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2016, Source: AlterNet

It'll blow your mind, but first it'll blow your insides out.

Posted on: Dec 23, 2016, Source: AlterNet

This is some high science.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Hey, what's in your Christmas stocking?

Posted on: Dec 21, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The overdose death toll keeps rising.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The future for legal pot and drug reform is very much in doubt.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2016, Source: AlterNet

People get killed in wars, and people are getting killed in the war on drugs—at a rate of about one a week. Here are the latest.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Maybe it's time to talk about the public health benefits of marijuana legalization.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2016, Source: AlterNet

You can sip your weed instead of smoking it, at least in states where it's legal.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Duterte has lived up to his vow to kill thousands of drug users and sellers, and Trump is okay with it.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Somebody's got to be the first state to free the weed through the legislature. Here are the most likely prospects.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Barack Obama has already commuted the sentences of more prisoners than the last 11 presidents combined. But there is still a backlog of thousands.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Living with his older brother's addiction to booze turned Trump into a teetotaler. How that will affect his drug policies is anybody's guess.

Posted on: Nov 22, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The report argues that no penalties at all should attach to simple drug possession.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2016, Source: AlterNet

There's a lot of worry that the incoming president will try to reinstate reefer madness in states where pot is already legal.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Just for starters, he thought the Ku Klux Klan was cool until he found out they smoked pot.

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