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Phillip Smith is editor of the AlterNet Drug Reporter and author of the Drug War Chronicle.
The Marijuana Legalization Express: 10 States That Could Vote on It Next Year
Posted on: Jul 29, 2015, Source: AlterNet
After they count the ballots on election day next year, a whole lot of Americans could be living in legal marijuana states.
John Oliver Skewers Mandatory Minimums
Posted on: Jul 27, 2015, Source: AlterNet
The host of Last Week Tonight used half his program Sunday going after the sentences that leave non-violent drug offenders behind bars for decades.
LSD: The Opera: Psychedelics Hit the Stage
Posted on: Jul 25, 2015, Source: AlterNet
And you thought you'd seen it all.
How Cruel Is Bill O'Reilly? Pundit Goes on Idiotic Rant Against Obama's Decision to Pardon Drug Offenders
Posted on: Jul 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet
The Bloviator is at it again with a mish-mash of hard feelings, misconceptions and inaccuracies.
Do Entities From Another Universe Inhabit the Brains of Psychedelic DMT Users?
Posted on: Jul 20, 2015, Source: AlterNet
There is something strange, very strange, going on inside the heads of people using the fast-acting psychedelic. Machine elves, anyone?
Annual Fair in Washington DC to Feature 'Best Bud' Marijuana Contest
Posted on: Jul 17, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Forget the biggest pig competition and the most beautiful flower arrangement contest.
Family That Made a Fortune off National Oxycontin Epidemic Has Just Landed on Forbes' Richest List
Posted on: Jul 16, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Some drug dealers go to prison. Some get rich. Others get filthy rich.
Obama Calls for Greater Criminal Justice Reforms
Posted on: Jul 16, 2015, Source: Drug War Chronicle
This week, the president has been put reforming the criminal justice system squarely in the spotlight.
Legal Marijuana Nightmare: How Business Greed Could Ruin a Golden Election Opportunity
Posted on: Jul 14, 2015, Source: AlterNet
What's the matter with Ohio?
Obama Commutes Sentences for 46 Federal Inmates, Mostly Drug Offenders
Posted on: Jul 13, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Part of a broader campaign by Obama to turn around the justice system.
Rush Limbaugh Got Dazed and Confused Trying to Explain 'Wake and Bake' to His Right-Wing Audience
Posted on: Jul 11, 2015, Source: AlterNet
The conservative talker made himself look even sillier than usual.
Marijuana Legalization: The Sky Hasn't Fallen in Washington State
Posted on: Jul 8, 2015, Source: AlterNet
It's been more than two years since Washington state legalized marijuana, and a year this week since legal sales began. And things are looking good.
New Mexico Cops Bummed They Can't Just Steal People's Money Anymore
Posted on: Jul 6, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Asset forfeiture has accounted for more than 20% of police dept. operating budgets—and that's now banned.
The Surprising Thing They're Telling Security Personnel at the Grateful Dead Farewell Shows This Weekend
Posted on: Jul 2, 2015, Source: AlterNet
"DO NOT MAKE CONTACT WITH THESE GUESTS" warns a flyer published by the organization Rock Medicine that has traveled with Dead shows for over 40 years.
Marijuana Is Now Legal in Oregon
Posted on: Jun 30, 2015, Source: AlterNet
As of today, you can possess up to eight ounces and grow up to four plants. Legal sales will come later.
Presidential Candidates Get Graded on Marijuana: Guess Who Passed and Who Failed?
Posted on: Jun 29, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Here are the positions of all the candidates on pot policy.
Drug War Game Changer: Is California Going to Legalize Marijuana?
Posted on: Jun 23, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Momentum is building for 2016 -- and an impressive coalition of reformers, advocates and industry leaders are working together.
5 Reasons to Be Careful When Consuming Marijuana Edibles
Posted on: Jun 22, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Eating edibles isn't the same as smoking cannabis, as some people have found out the hard way.
The Six States Where You're Most Likely to Die of a Drug Overdose
Posted on: Jun 19, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Drug overdoses are a leading cause of accidental death in this country, but how likely you are to die depends in large part on where you live.
Delaware Becomes 20th State to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession
Posted on: Jun 18, 2015, Source: AlterNet
All Democrats voted it, no Republicans did, and the Democratic governor has now signed the bill into law.
VIDEO: That Time the US Army Tried to Drill Its Soldiers While They Tripped Out on LSD
Posted on: Jun 18, 2015, Source: AlterNet
During the Cold War, the US tested various drugs looking for an advantage over the Soviets. Here's why LSD didn't make the cut.
The Govt's Sleazy Excuse for Deporting Immigrants -- Hundreds of Thousands Kicked out for Tiny Drug Offenses
Posted on: Jun 15, 2015, Source: AlterNet
A new report from Human Rights Watch exposes the cruelty and callousness of immigration policies.
Microdosing: A New, Low-Key Way to Use Psychedelics
Posted on: Jun 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Some of the most surprising people are using LSD and other psychedelics in extremely low doses, and the results are most interesting.
Historic Senate Vote Tells DEA to Butt Out of Medical Marijuana States
Posted on: Jun 11, 2015, Source: AlterNet
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted today to rein in the DEA.
The World's Highest (and Lowest) Cocaine Prices
Posted on: Jun 10, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Where do you think Sydney, Australia lands?
Pot Legalization Could Bring A Million Jobs to California
Posted on: Jun 6, 2015, Source: AlterNet
As if justice, elemental fairness, and tax revenues weren't enough reasons to legalize marijuana...
Cannabis Coffee: The Latest Marijuana Craze
Posted on: Jun 5, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Innovative marijuana entrepreneurs are giving a whole new meaning to "wake and bake."
5 Elite Families Who Made Their Fortunes in the Opium Trade
Posted on: Jun 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet
There's dirty money buried in the basement of some of America's wealthiest and most powerful families.
More Drug War History in the Making: The U.S. House Votes to Weaken the DEA and Support Medical Pot
Posted on: Jun 3, 2015, Source: AlterNet
A series of votes on the Justice Department appropriations bill attempt to rein in the rogue agency.
The 6 States With the Most Outrageously High Pot Prices
Posted on: May 26, 2015, Source: AlterNet
You can score weed for about $200 an ounce in Oregon, where it's legal, but is some states, you'll pay nearly twice as much. Is yours one of them?
Home-Brew Heroin Is Coming
Posted on: May 25, 2015, Source: AlterNet
And, most likely, cocaine, too. Scientific advances have the potential to revolutionize and democratize drug production and markets.
3 Ways the Dark Web Makes Drugs Safer
Posted on: May 24, 2015, Source: AlterNet
The founder of the Silk Road is headed to prison this week, but he may have actually made drug use and the drug trade less dangerous.
Pot Legalization Casualties: Oregon Drug Dogs Get the Pink Slip
Posted on: May 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet
With their skill sets made obsolete by marijuana legalization, the state's drug-sniffing canines are out of luck and out of work.
Whoa -- The US Senate Just Took a Step to Allow Doctors in Veterans' Hospitals Recommend Medical Marijuana
Posted on: May 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet
In a historic vote, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment allowing VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana where it is legal.
How the Drug War Killed Mississippi Cops
Posted on: May 13, 2015, Source: AlterNet
When you enforce drug prohibition like we do, in a country awash in guns and riven by racial inequities, sometimes it goes bad. This time two police officers died; mostly, it's civilians.
How Psychedelics You've Never Heard of Could Help Treat Mental Illness
Posted on: May 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Some West African plants with strange powers show promise for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
One Way That Pot Might Not Be Good for Sex
Posted on: May 10, 2015, Source: AlterNet
We've all heard of cotton mouth, but that's not the only orifice with some marijuana-related issues.
Colombia Suspends Use of Aerial Herbicide to Kill Coca Crops
Posted on: May 9, 2015, Source: AlterNet
No more poison from out of the sky for the country's peasant coca farmers.
From Molly to Marijuana Heaven -- How America Likes to Get High at Outdoor Events
Posted on: May 8, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Pick your festival and pick your fun.
Home of Bob Marley Rolls Out Red Carpet for Pot Tourists
Posted on: May 6, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Jamaica is being smart and creative about its approach to drug reform.
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