Stories by Phillip Smith

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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.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Impairment is not necessary for pot-related DUI prosecutions, an Arizona court decided.

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

Colombian Minister for Justice and Law said Wednesday the government will propose decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of synthetic drugs.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The NCAA is changing marijuana tests so that more students are likely to be caught, but face less extreme penalties.

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

Victory in D.C. would be a symbolic statement, and weed activists have been successful with the initiative process there before.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

The measure, House Bill 150, would allow people 21 and over to possess up to an ounce and grow an unspecified number of plants in a secure location.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Speaking at Georgetown University, Senator Pat Leahy condemned mandatory minimum sentencing and federal intervention in state pot programs.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

A Utah man is furious at how police treated him just moments after his wife passed.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2013, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) has among its "leadership team" admitted addict Patrick Kennedy and conservative commentator David Frum.

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

In 2012, 63 people died in the course of US domestic drug law enforcement operations, or one about every six days.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2012, Source: StoptheDrugWar.org

This year has seen a dramatic change in drug policy, though it is still business as usual in the drug war.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Carter told CNN host Suzanne Malvaux that he was "in favor" of states taking steps to free the weed.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

On Monday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order certifying last month's Amendment 64 victory and legalizing the use, possession, and limited cultivation of marijuana by adults 21 and over.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

In less than a week, three polls on marijuana policy reported a majority favoring legalization.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Chris Williams is the poster boy for the Federal government's aggressive assault on Montana's marijuana providers.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

A Uruguayan bill that would create a system of state-licensed marijuana sales and commercial cultivation was presented to Congress Wednesday.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

With Election Day just around the corner, it's starting to look like at least one state will vote to legalize marijuana, possibly two.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

IR-124 is a "thumbs down" approach to anti-pot legislation that could benefit from uncertain voters' tendency to vote "no."

Posted on: Oct 15, 2012, Source: StoptheDrugWar.org

The number of annual, state level torture prosecutions can be counted in the single digits.

Posted on: Oct 11, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle

Pot policy activists say legalization initiatives on the ballot this November "The Final Days of Prohibition."

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