Stories by Steven Wishnia

Steven Wishnia is a New York-based journalist and musician. He is the author of the novel "When the Drumming Stops" (Manic D Press), "Exit 25 Utopia," and "The Cannabis Companion." subscribe to Steven Wishnia's feed

Posted on: Sep 9, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Sen. Patrick Leahy will head up an 'unprecedented' hearing on the Feds' new approach to prosecuting marijuana-related issues -- here's the ground he should cover.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2013, Source: AlterNet

With economic inequality in the U.S. at its worst in more than 80 years, why do polls show limited support of labor unions?

Posted on: Jun 27, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A contest between political factions produced disaster where progress should have happened.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Right-to-work measures appeal to freedom and choice, but they're all about busting unions.

Posted on: Mar 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Efforts to crack down on pills threaten privacy and may cause addicts to turn to heroin.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Powerful politicians across the country are pushing to bring hemp back.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The U.S. Court of Appeals sided with the DEA's classification of marijuana as a medically invalid Schedule I drug.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2012, Source: AlterNet

There's a reason some of New York's public housing communities were forced to wait so long for basic services to be restored after the storm.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Massachusetts joins the drug reform current sweeping the nation.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2012, Source: AlterNet

From President Obama to NYC Mayor Bloomberg, the authorities are still bent on keeping pot illegal.

Posted on: Oct 11, 2012, Source: AlterNet

For the first time in two decades federal courts will consider the science behind medical marijuana -- and today there is more evidence than ever.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Writers and warehouse workers, janitors and business consultants, truck drivers and graphic designers -- none have a social safety net.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The racial ratios of reefer roundups are as bad as New York's—if not worse—in scores of other U.S. cities.

Posted on: May 21, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Oregon AG candidate Ellen Rosenblum promises to make marijuana enforcement a low priority, but will it affect medical marijuana policy on a national level?

Posted on: Apr 4, 2012, Source: AlterNet

After Lawrence v. Texas, the mere mention of “morality” was no longer enough to deny basic constitutional privacy rights.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The law has many problems, including Constitutionality. And while proponents say tax money should not fund drug use, opponents see more sinister stereotyping at work.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2012, Source: AlterNet

A battle raging in Vermont over an aging plant may be an important indicator of whether nuclear has had its day.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2012, Source: AlterNet

While Americans are becoming increasingly aware of prohibition's consequences, the legalization movement still has many obstacles to overcome.

Posted on: Dec 30, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Since the police commissioner told the NYPD to follow the books on marijuana arrests, all that's changed are the court proceedings that unfairly criminalize thousands.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Obama pardoned three marijuana offenders and commuted the sentence of one crack offender, but the implications of his actions are not as optimistic as they may sound.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Decisions about whether to allow fracking in NY, PA, NJ and DE may be decided in just a few weeks.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Wind and solar sources make up almost half of all new electricity generation in Europe, but we're far behind in the U.S. -- so what gives?

Posted on: Aug 11, 2011, Source: AlterNet

There's a lot of science on the books on the question of marijuana's addictive properties, but is the issue too politicized to get any clear answers?

Posted on: May 4, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The previous ten presidents were staunch prohibitionists. Meanwhile, Obama has taken the federal hand off the scale quite a bit.

Posted on: Apr 20, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Author Trish Regan shares her insights on the clean-cut MBAs pursuing the "American Dream" through cannabis entrepreneurship.

Posted on: Apr 10, 2011, Source: AlterNet

From Michigan to Kentucky the spade work of progressive reformers is paying off.

Posted on: Dec 15, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The political landscape for pot in the Northeast is changing dramatically, with bright prospects in many states.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2010, Source: AlterNet

California's pot-legalization initiative went down to defeat last night, but 46 percent of the vote tells advocates like Richard Lee that the future is bright.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Progressives scored big victories in key races, congressional and statewide, in the primaries.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Independent craft brewers have established a significant niche over the last generation in the beer market, in an industry where six companies make 90 percent of the beer.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Combining grassroots organizing, legal action, pressure on the banks and eviction-day sit-ins, activists in East Boston are winning the fight to keep people in their homes.

Posted on: Oct 28, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Obama's drug czar has said "legalization" isn't in his vocabulary. Here's why it should be.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Drug researchers are trying to replicate marijuana's therapeutic effects, but without the "side effect" of getting people high.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Let's hope the changes mark the beginning of the end of New York's Rockefeller drug laws.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Enraged by the prospect of $700 billion of their taxes going to speculators, hundreds of protesters hit Wall Street on Thursday.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The "Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics" conference in New York presented an older and wiser psychedelic movement.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Economists estimate tens of billions for governments if we taxed pot like tobacco and stopped wasting money on the drug war.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2008, Source: AlterNet

My grandfathers, like many other illegal immigrants, helped usher in the world's greatest period of working class prosperity.

Posted on: May 8, 2008, Source: AlterNet

New study says New York's cannabis crackdown is both racist and fraudulent -- and that more have been arrested under Bloomberg than Giuliani.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Five signs that pot might become legal soon -- and five reasons why it probably won't.