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: Oct 8, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Just when we thought we'd see some clarity on the state's legalization initiative landscape, it's getting murkier instead.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Two unarmed men shot and killed by police and two accidental deaths were the drug war's toll last month.

Posted on: Oct 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The long-anticipated measure from the Golden State's broadest marijuana reform campaign is finally out of the gate.

Posted on: Oct 3, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Some business leaders say marijuana should be legalized, some put their money where their mouths are, and some, frankly, just like to get high.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2015, Source: AlterNet

What is arguably the most comprehensive effort yet to tackle mass incarceration at the federal level rolled out with bipartisan support Thursday.

Posted on: Sep 30, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The project could make Santee Sioux up to $2 million profit a month, and the first joints are set to go on sale on New Year’s Eve.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Both chocolate and holly are methylxanthine-based stimulants.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The measure most likely to qualify for the ballot and then win in November 2016 will finally officially get going.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2015, Source: AlterNet

As marijuana goes mainstream, there is a growing demand for research into the various kinds.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Another benefit of decriminalization...

Posted on: Sep 24, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The world's longest-running insurgency may be coming to an end, and the era of aerial eradication of coca crops is definitely coming to an end.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Here are five trends to watch.

Posted on: Sep 19, 2015, Source: AlterNet

It's mentioned in countless rap songs, and was part of the rock star lifestyle, but the history of cocaine in music goes back to the early 20th Century.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Marijuana-themed nuptials and related events are just the latest manifestation of weed's accelerating acceptance in mainstream culture.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Der Fuerhrer had his own personal Dr. Feelgood shooting him up with prescription speed, and Nazi soldiers gobbled down amphetamines by the millions.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet

After consultations with Gov. Brown, the state legislature has passed a package of bills designed to bring order to the billion-dollar medical pot industry.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2015, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Dr. David Casarett was a medical marijuana skeptic when he began researching this book. He isn't anymore, but neither is he an evangelist.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2015, Source: AlterNet

That gram that would cost you $1 in Montevideo goes for more than 20 times as much in Oslo.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The killing of a black St. Louis teen during a police raid highlighted another tragedy-filled month.

Posted on: Aug 29, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A whole new world of online illegal drug commerce is emerging online.

Posted on: Aug 29, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Edibles are an increasing share of the marijuana market, yet we really don't know much about how they work.

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.