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Phillip Smith is editor of the AlterNet Drug Reporter and author of the Drug War Chronicle.
4 Nasty Ways Federal Prohibition Hurts Pots Smokers—Even Where It's Legal
Posted on: Feb 17, 2017, Source: AlterNet
Marijuana may be legal where you live, but it remains illegal under federal law.
Trump Goes Full Nixon on Law-and-Order Executive Orders, Vows 'Ruthless' War on Drugs and Crime
Posted on: Feb 11, 2017, Source: AlterNet
"We have no choice" but to double down on failed crime-fighting strategies, the president claims.
VIDEO: Rare 'Marijuana Sasquatch' Shows Up for Massachusetts Snowstorm
Posted on: Feb 10, 2017, Source: AlterNet
You can't make this up.
Why Republicans in Congress Are Suddenly at the Epicenter of Marijuana Reform
Posted on: Feb 9, 2017, Source: AlterNet
Capitol Hill still has a major role to play in advancing—or retarding—further advances toward legalization.
How the Stroke of a Pen by a Governor Can Completely Change a Prisoner's Life—Just Ask Tony Papa
Posted on: Feb 6, 2017, Source: AlterNet
The power to commute prison sentences is rarely exercised, but can generate powerful results when it is, as Papa shares in his new book.
Will Trump Crush the Modest Progress in Fighting Mass Incarceration?
Posted on: Feb 5, 2017, Source: AlterNet
Now what? An Interview with the Sentencing Project's Marc Mauer.
Is Microdosing Marijuana the Next New Thing?
Posted on: Feb 2, 2017, Source: AlterNet
Is it a new phenomenon or a marketing ploy?
Gorsuch on Grass: Where Does Trump's Supreme Court Pick Come Down on Marijuana?
Posted on: Feb 1, 2017, Source: AlterNet
The record is relatively sparse, but the Denver-based jurist is aware of the contradiction in state and federal pot policy. He also goes easy on police.
Will Jeff Sessions Start a War on Pot Smokers?
Posted on: Jan 23, 2017, Source: AlterNet
Jeff Sessions is cool with asset forfeiture, however.
VIDEO: How Not to Dispose of that Marijuana Crop You Just Busted
Posted on: Jan 21, 2017, Source: AlterNet Staff
Can you say blow back?
North Americans Are Spending Nearly as Much on Weed as They Do on Wine
Posted on: Jan 21, 2017, Source: AlterNet
Would you like a nice, fruity indica to pair with that chardonnay?
This Is the Future of Marijuana
Posted on: Jan 17, 2017, Source: AlterNet
If you need a quick read to get up to speed on weed, John Hudak's book is a great place to start.
Kratom Krazed: One Florida Lawmaker's Lonely, Wacky Crusade to Ban the Herb
Posted on: Jan 14, 2017, Source: AlterNet
She calls kratom a "scourge on society."
5 Ways to Avoid Freaking Out on Pot
Posted on: Jan 7, 2017, Source: AlterNet
Getting too high takes the fun out of getting high. Here are some tips for avoiding "too high" and how to mitigate it if you are.
The Top 10 International Drug Policy Stories of 2016
Posted on: Jan 6, 2017, Source: AlterNet
There was a lot of good drug reform news last year, but also some really ugly stuff.
Marijuana Monster Money: California Makes More from Cannabis Than the Next 5 Largest Crops Combined
Posted on: Jan 3, 2017, Source: AlterNet
$24 billion is no joke.
Dozens of People Died Last Year Directly Because of Our Pointless War on Drugs
Posted on: Jan 2, 2017, Source: AlterNet
A spate of December drug war deaths brought the year's total to 49, in line with recent years that saw people killed at the rate of about one a week.
Hallucinatory Himalayan Honey Creates a Buzz
Posted on: Dec 27, 2016, Source: AlterNet
It'll blow your mind, but first it'll blow your insides out.
Can You Get Stoned in Space? A New Study Says Maybe Not
Posted on: Dec 23, 2016, Source: AlterNet
This is some high science.
The 5 States (and One City) Where You Can Legally Give Weed as a Christmas Present
Posted on: Dec 22, 2016, Source: AlterNet
Hey, what's in your Christmas stocking?
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