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: Nov 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

What causes drug addiction? Ben Carson has one theory, Tom Cotton has another, and it's tough to say which one is loonier.

Posted on: Nov 20, 2015, Source: AlterNet

DEA head Chuck Rosenberg called medical marijuana "a joke." Today, petitions with 100,000 signatures calling for his head were delivered to the DEA.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Shona Banda's drug-war nightmare comes from using cannabis oil to treat her Crohn's disease.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Expert suggests it could help with anxiety.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2015, Source: AlterNet

2016 looks like a big year for marijuana legalization.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Feel the need for speed? Here's the best tweaker theater to get your motor running.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The West Coast hip-hop hero and marijuana maven's select strains of bud went on sale in Colorado this week.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The world's premier drug policy reform confab is coming to Crystal City. You should be there.

Posted on: Nov 9, 2015, Source: AlterNet

In South Dakota, it can be a crime to smoke pot in another state.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2015, Source: AlterNet

In an exchange last week, the Bloviator tip-toed around endorsing the notion.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The Buckeye State legalization initiative got trounced Tuesday, and there are lessons to be learned.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The measure would have created a commercial pot cultivation "monopoly," but Ohioans weren't buying.

Posted on: Oct 31, 2015, Source: AlterNet

That stoner kid who hacked the CIA director's personal email is the latest to give the lie to the stupid pot smoker stereotype.

Posted on: Oct 30, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Even though some Republicans are seeing the light on medical marijuana and even legalization, old Reefer Madness tropes die hard.

Posted on: Oct 29, 2015, Source: AlterNet

That brings unabated drug war tally to three this month.

Posted on: Oct 28, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The Vermont senator and Democratic presidential contender will go where no other presidential candidate has dared.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The legal pot states are creating massive marijuana industries without significant federal interference, but it's a different story on the rez.

Posted on: Oct 26, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Every year, fears of poisoned Halloween candy emerge, and once again, there's no evidence of anything to worry about.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Medical cannabis can help transplant patients, but they are demonized.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2015, Source: AlterNet

By avoiding mixing heroin with other drugs, users can substantially reduce their risk of fatal overdoses.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The Vermont senators remarks on pot were a big hit with the studio audience.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A 180 degree turnaround from the previous right-wing govt, and a seismic shift for North America.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Really? We needed science to tell us this?

Posted on: Oct 15, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A controversial marijuana legalization initiative doesn't have a lot of endorsements, but it does have a lot of money--and some favorable polling.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Bitcoin has been the standard cryptocurrency for a while, but now there's a new competitor aimed at the marijuana industry.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The mind-blowing connection between runner's high and smoking marijuana.

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.