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 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.

Posted on: May 5, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Another week's worth of drug war-related law enforcement corruption.

Posted on: May 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Puerto Rico becomes the second US territory to legalize medical marijuana, along with 23 states and the District of Columbia.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2015, Source: AlterNet

No, not California nor Nevada, and not one of the New England states.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Bo Dietl: "I'm just hoping that they did toxicology on" Gray because "I really feel ... possibly, he was on drugs."

Posted on: Apr 26, 2015, Source: AlterNet

As people started taking speed recreationally, the musical tributes to it started pouring out.

Posted on: Apr 24, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Cocaine can be a real test of a police officer's character.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

It's been a common practice among highway cops for the past decade, but detaining drivers after the traffic stop is completed violates the Constitution.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Michele Leonhart is being pushed out the door. Her disastrous performance last week in Congress over DEA sex scandals sealed her fate.

Posted on: Apr 18, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The perfect pot playlist

Posted on: Apr 16, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Embattled DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart's dismal performance in Congress could see her departure.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Like a buddy movie gone bad, tarnished tandems of cops were doing dirty deeds from Brooklyn to Lafayette, and there were a pair of singletons, too.

Posted on: Apr 14, 2015, Source: AlterNet

California is weighing a ban on a trio of obscure drugs, but they ignore the biggest date rape drug of all.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2015, Source: AlterNet

We know the end is coming, but pot prohibition is going to have to be undone state by state. Here are the ones least likely to jump on the bandwagon.