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: Aug 26, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Is Fido feeling a bit under the weather? Maybe some marijuana can help.

Posted on: Aug 25, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has sent a heroin bill back to the legislature with instructions to delete the Medicaid language.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A study of marijuana users who also smoke tobacco finds surprising differences in memory function.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Pot contains a terpene called myrcene. So do some common food items. Putting them together may have a happily synergistic effect.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2015, Source: AlterNet

See the future of the marijuana industry.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Touting its public health aspects, the White House rolled out a new plan to fight heroin, but much of the money is going to cops.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Not only is banning drugs ineffective, it arguably increases the harms associated with the use of these drugs.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The ResponsibleOhio initiative has been controversial among activists, but now voters will get their say.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2015, Source: AlterNet

There are huge variations in pot prices depending on where you live, and what the laws are.

Posted on: Aug 8, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Heroin's allure and sometimes fatal embrace is a standard of American songwriting.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2015, Source: AlterNet

What you think you know about the differences is probably wrong — or at least incomplete.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Other countries have embarked on heroin maintenance programs and trials, but here in the U.S., ignorance and prejudice still trump science.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Why do we grant police any credibility on the subject of drugs?

Posted on: Aug 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet

We should have seen this coming.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A person on parole could go back to prison if caught with even a little weed. The Memphis shooter was determined not to do that.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Month in, month out, people get killed in the name of drug prohibition. Some particularly heinous cases get noticed, most do not.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Does the septuagenarian rocker know something we don't?

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.

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.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2015, Source: AlterNet

And you thought you'd seen it all.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The Bloviator is at it again with a mish-mash of hard feelings, misconceptions and inaccuracies.

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?

Posted on: Jul 17, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Forget the biggest pig competition and the most beautiful flower arrangement contest.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Some drug dealers go to prison. Some get rich. Others get filthy rich.

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.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2015, Source: AlterNet

What's the matter with Ohio?

Posted on: Jul 13, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Part of a broader campaign by Obama to turn around the justice system.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The conservative talker made himself look even sillier than usual.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Here are the positions of all the candidates on pot policy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Posted on: Jun 15, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A new report from Human Rights Watch exposes the cruelty and callousness of immigration policies.

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.