Phillip Smith

Phillip Smith is a senior writing fellow and the editor and chief correspondent of Drug Reporter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He has been a drug policy journalist for the past two decades. He is the longtime author of the Drug War Chronicle, the online publication of the non-profit, and has been the editor of AlterNet’s Drug Reporter since 2015. He was awarded the Drug Policy Alliance’s Edwin M. Brecher Award for Excellence in Media in 2013.

West of the Mississippi, meth — not fentanyl — is the deadliest drug Phillip Smith
The vaping crisis is real, but the government reaction to it bizarrely misses the point Phillip Smith
Guess which state has the worst drug laws in America Phillip Smith
Will Oregon be the first state to decriminalize all drugs? Phillip Smith
How hemp legalization has made it much harder to prosecute people for marijuana Phillip Smith
Peyote and mescaline aficionados who used drugs to open new doors Phillip Smith
Why are stimulant-related deaths spiking in the U.S.? Phillip Smith
Baby Boomers are taking up marijuana in a big way Phillip Smith
First Step Act got Sonny Mikell out of life in prison. Why are prosecutors trying to send him back? Phillip Smith
Legal marijuana is a job creation machine Phillip Smith
In historic vote, Denver decriminalizes magic mushrooms Phillip Smith
Brother David’s quest to turn the cannabis industry truly green—and support activism Phillip Smith
Is the Trump Justice Department trying to sabotage the First Step Act? Phillip Smith
Joe Biden has a problem with pot Phillip Smith
States that legalized marijuana see dramatic drop in police traffic searches Phillip Smith