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 29, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Barack Obama has already commuted the sentences of more prisoners than the last 11 presidents combined. But there is still a backlog of thousands.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Living with his older brother's addiction to booze turned Trump into a teetotaler. How that will affect his drug policies is anybody's guess.

Posted on: Nov 22, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The report argues that no penalties at all should attach to simple drug possession.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2016, Source: AlterNet

There's a lot of worry that the incoming president will try to reinstate reefer madness in states where pot is already legal.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Just for starters, he thought the Ku Klux Klan was cool until he found out they smoked pot.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Some growers will win big. Others fear they will be squeezed out. A new Vice News video talks to both sides.

Posted on: Nov 9, 2016, Source: AlterNet

In the closest thing ever to a national referendum on pot, the people have spoken.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2016, Source: AlterNet

At least three states legalized marijuana Tuesday, and now the Reefer Revolution has spread to the East Coast.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The nation's most populous state has just freed the weed. Now, the pressure mounts on Washington.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The South now has its first state with a full-blown medical marijuana law.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2016, Source: AlterNet

It won't kill you or get you strung out, but it can ease your aches and pains. You know what it is.

Posted on: Nov 2, 2016, Source: AlterNet

A frightening mix of cruel and superficial.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The Donald briefly took up drug policy over the weekend, but his proposals went almost unnoticed in the midst of his bizarre drug test demand.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Examples of pharmaceutical ads from days of yore shed an interesting light on our current attitudes toward speed.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Maine's governor wanted to sway people to vote against the state's pot legalization initiative, but he may have achieved the opposite.

Posted on: Oct 12, 2016, Source: AlterNet

There's got to be a better way, and Human Rights Watch and the ACLU call for it: drug decriminalization.

Posted on: Oct 8, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Marijuana legalization is on the ballot in five states next month. It could be a clean sweep.

Posted on: Oct 5, 2016, Source: AlterNet

They were getting stoned along the Silk Road before Christ walked the earth.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2016, Source: AlterNet

The list of arguments against raising the minimum wage got a bizarre new addition this week.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Members of Congress are joining the rising chorus of people calling on the DEA to reconsider.

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