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Phillip Smith is editor of the AlterNet Drug Reporter and author of the Drug War Chronicle.
Kratom Krazed: One Florida Lawmaker's Lonely, Wacky Crusade to Ban the Herb
Posted on: Jan 14, 2017, Source: AlterNet
She calls kratom a "scourge on society."
5 Ways to Avoid Freaking Out on Pot
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.
The Top 10 International Drug Policy Stories of 2016
Posted on: Jan 6, 2017, Source: AlterNet
There was a lot of good drug reform news last year, but also some really ugly stuff.
Marijuana Monster Money: California Makes More from Cannabis Than the Next 5 Largest Crops Combined
Posted on: Jan 3, 2017, Source: AlterNet
$24 billion is no joke.
Dozens of People Died Last Year Directly Because of Our Pointless War on Drugs
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.
Hallucinatory Himalayan Honey Creates a Buzz
Posted on: Dec 27, 2016, Source: AlterNet
It'll blow your mind, but first it'll blow your insides out.
Can You Get Stoned in Space? A New Study Says Maybe Not
Posted on: Dec 23, 2016, Source: AlterNet
This is some high science.
The 5 States (and One City) Where You Can Legally Give Weed as a Christmas Present
Posted on: Dec 22, 2016, Source: AlterNet
Hey, what's in your Christmas stocking?
The Top 10 Drugs People Are Overdosing and Dying On in the U.S.
Posted on: Dec 21, 2016, Source: AlterNet
The overdose death toll keeps rising.
The Six Biggest Drug Stories of 2016 ... Some Very Good News and Some Very Bad News
Posted on: Dec 18, 2016, Source: AlterNet
The future for legal pot and drug reform is very much in doubt.
There Were 7 More Totally Preventable Deaths Over the Last 3 Months, Thanks to Our Disastrous War on Drugs
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.
In Legal Pot States, People Are Turning to Buds over Beer
Posted on: Dec 8, 2016, Source: AlterNet
Maybe it's time to talk about the public health benefits of marijuana legalization.
Weed-Infused Coffee Pods, Anyone?
Posted on: Dec 6, 2016, Source: AlterNet
You can sip your weed instead of smoking it, at least in states where it's legal.
Trump Gets Behind Philippines Drug War Mass Murderer
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.
The Next 5 States to Legalize Marijuana
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.
As Clock Ticks Down, Pressure Mounts on Obama to Free More Drug War Prisoners
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.
How Trump's Experience with His Brother's Fatal Struggle with Alcohol Could Set the Country Back Decades on Drug Reform
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.
Global Commission on Drugs Calls for Worldwide Drug Decriminalization
Posted on: Nov 22, 2016, Source: AlterNet
The report argues that no penalties at all should attach to simple drug possession.
3 Reasons Why Trump Might Hesitate to Go After Legal Pot
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.
4 of the Most Dangerous Things Trump's Pick for Attorney General Has Said About Marijuana
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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