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: 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.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted today to rein in the DEA.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Where do you think Sydney, Australia lands?

Posted on: Jun 6, 2015, Source: AlterNet

As if justice, elemental fairness, and tax revenues weren't enough reasons to legalize marijuana...

Posted on: Jun 5, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Innovative marijuana entrepreneurs are giving a whole new meaning to "wake and bake."

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.

Posted on: Jun 3, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A series of votes on the Justice Department appropriations bill attempt to rein in the rogue agency.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Posted on: May 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Some West African plants with strange powers show promise for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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.

Posted on: May 9, 2015, Source: AlterNet

No more poison from out of the sky for the country's peasant coca farmers.

Posted on: May 8, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Pick your festival and pick your fun.

Posted on: May 6, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Jamaica is being smart and creative about its approach to drug reform.