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: Feb 17, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Marijuana may be legal where you live, but it remains illegal under federal law.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2017, Source: AlterNet

"We have no choice" but to double down on failed crime-fighting strategies, the president claims.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2017, Source: AlterNet

You can't make this up.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Capitol Hill still has a major role to play in advancing—or retarding—further advances toward legalization.

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.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Now what? An Interview with the Sentencing Project's Marc Mauer.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Is it a new phenomenon or a marketing ploy?

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.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Jeff Sessions is cool with asset forfeiture, however.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2017, Source: AlterNet Staff

Can you say blow back?

Posted on: Jan 21, 2017, Source: AlterNet

Would you like a nice, fruity indica to pair with that chardonnay?

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.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2017, Source: AlterNet

She calls kratom a "scourge on society."

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.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2017, Source: AlterNet

There was a lot of good drug reform news last year, but also some really ugly stuff.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2017, Source: AlterNet

$24 billion is no joke.

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.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2016, Source: AlterNet

It'll blow your mind, but first it'll blow your insides out.

Posted on: Dec 23, 2016, Source: AlterNet

This is some high science.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2016, Source: AlterNet

Hey, what's in your Christmas stocking?