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Phillip Smith is editor of the AlterNet Drug Reporter and author of the Drug War Chronicle.
Coming to a Pet Store Near You, Cannabis-Enhanced Pet Food—For Their Health, Of Course
Posted on: Aug 26, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Is Fido feeling a bit under the weather? Maybe some marijuana can help.
Illinois Governor Shows His Cruel Side Toward Heroin Addicts
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.
How Tobacco Seems to Block Memory Loss for Pot Smokers
Posted on: Aug 24, 2015, Source: AlterNet
A study of marijuana users who also smoke tobacco finds surprising differences in memory function.
How Eating Mangoes or Drinking a Rum and Coke Can Massively Enhance Your Marijuana High
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.
Watch: Drone Delivers Marijuana Order to San Francisco Park
Posted on: Aug 19, 2015, Source: AlterNet
See the future of the marijuana industry.
Obama's Heroin Initiative: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
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.
How Govt Fear Campaigns and Prohibition of Bath Salts, Flakka, and Other Synthetics Is Only Going to Cost More Lives
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.
Ohio Will Vote on Marijuana Legalization This Year
Posted on: Aug 13, 2015, Source: AlterNet
The ResponsibleOhio initiative has been controversial among activists, but now voters will get their say.
Do You Pay a 'Prohibition Premium' for Marijuana Where You Live?
Posted on: Aug 11, 2015, Source: AlterNet
There are huge variations in pot prices depending on where you live, and what the laws are.
10 Classic Heroin Tunes
Posted on: Aug 8, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Heroin's allure and sometimes fatal embrace is a standard of American songwriting.
Blowing Up the Big Myths About Indica v. Sativa Strains of Marijuana
Posted on: Aug 7, 2015, Source: AlterNet
What you think you know about the differences is probably wrong — or at least incomplete.
What's One of the Best Ways to Treat Heroin Addiction? Heroin
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.
Two of America's Most Powerful Cops Have Managed to Say Two of the Dumbest Things About Marijuana Ever Spoken
Posted on: Aug 5, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Why do we grant police any credibility on the subject of drugs?
The Newest Vaping Craze: Caffeine?
Posted on: Aug 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet
We should have seen this coming.
Memphis Cop Was Killed After Interrupting $20 Pot Deal
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.
Four More Heinous and Unnecessary Drug War Deaths in July
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.
Why Rolling Stones Guitarist Keith Richards Wakes and Bakes Every Morning
Posted on: Jul 30, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Does the septuagenarian rocker know something we don't?
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.
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