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: Jan 26, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Some giants of science, the arts and industry tripped their brains out—and never looked back.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Four states and DC have already legalized—here's the next crop.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The home of Rastafari and Bob Marley is taking the first step toward freeing the weed.

Posted on: Jan 19, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Big green is getting increasingly mainstream.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Holder finally addresses the abusive police practice of seizing people's assets without charging them with a crime.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Impressive moves by the City Council.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Pot is popular on its own, but some people like to mix things up.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Dr. Stanton Peele weighs in on the approach of Alcoholics Anonymous, 12-step programs, and much more.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2015, Source: Drug War Chronicle

no teaser

Posted on: Jan 5, 2015, Source: AlterNet

It's not California, and it's not Colorado.

Posted on: Dec 31, 2014, Source: AlterNet

2014 saw a huge number of landmark reforms and votes.

Posted on: Dec 30, 2014, Source: AlterNet

PTSD affects tens of thousands of US Iraq and Afghan war veterans, and millions of other Americans, too.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Aggressive enforcement of the drug laws can have terrifying consequences.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Check those drugs!

Posted on: Dec 14, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Congress stopped the feds from going after medical marijuana, but it also moved to block pot legalization in DC.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Senate and House budget negotiators have agreed to language -- but it ain't over yet.

Posted on: Dec 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Federal funds couldn't be used to go after medical marijuana laws in states where it is legal. And hemp, too.

Posted on: Dec 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

70% of the voters in DC voted to legalize, but what do Republicans care?

Posted on: Oct 1, 2014, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The state will vote on legalization this November.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

More cops behaving badly in the ongoing War on Drugs.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Another human casualty of the domestic Drug War.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2013, Source: Stop The Drug War

Powerful Oregon legislators push to legalize marijuana.

Posted on: Aug 2, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Illinois now joins 20 other states and the District of Columbia with legalized medical marijuana.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Uruguay is gearing up to make history as the first country with legal, regulated marijuana markets.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

San Diego student Daniel Chong did not even have to file suit.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Popular measure is sent to the ballot box for November.

Posted on: Jul 4, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

We know a little more about what the industry will look like, but many complicated matters are unresolved.

Posted on: Jun 28, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The US Conference of Mayors unanimously passed a resolution telling the federal government to respect state and other local pot laws.

Posted on: Jun 14, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Voters in the state approved marijuana legalization in November. Now, it's time to establish a system to tax-and-regulate.

Posted on: May 9, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

For patients, that means access to medical marijuana at dispensaries will depend on the political currents in their city or county.

Posted on: May 3, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Marijuana reform legislation is being introduced at state houses across the land at levels never seen before.

Posted on: Apr 24, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

PTSD is an epidemic among vets returning home -- but marijuana could help them cope.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Receiving unemployment and welfare without handing your urine over for analysis is becoming a thing of the past.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Smart regulations will protect the new legal status of cannabis in Colorado.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The court said cops need a warrant to send drug-sniffing dogs looking for evidence.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Snitch is a Hollywood action thriller with a message, and it’s a message that is so far playing well with audiences and theaters across the land.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

As the nation awaits the Obama administration's response to marijuana legalization votes in CO & WA, Tuesday saw a two-pronged attack on the whole notion.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

One European government says it could help reduce overdose rates by shifting a culture of injectors toward a safer method of use.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The bill calls on the Department of Health and Human Services and the DEA to move marijuana out of its Schedule I category.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The bill would require not just one, but three separate drug tests, to legally dive.

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