Alexander Lekhtman

Alexander is Filter’s staff writer. He writes about the movement to end the War on Drugs. He grew up in New Jersey and swears it’s actually alright. He’s also a musician hoping to change the world through the power of ledger lines and legislation. Alexander was previously Filter‘s editorial fellow.

Hemp and Weed Are Often Mixed Up. The Hemp Reference Guide Can Help.

In 2018 when the Agriculture Improvement Act legalized hemp, it set the THC threshold at 0.3 percent. Hemp comes from…

July 12, 2024

Purdue Backs Fraud Claim Against Sacklers, Amid Scramble for Immunity

In bankruptcy court on July 9, OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma secured an injunction to temporarily stave off lawsuits while it…

July 11, 2024

Lawmakers Reintroduce Federal Bill to Expunge Marijuana Misdemeanors

Two years after it failed to advance through Congress, a proposal to allow expungement of federal misdemeanors related to marijuana…

July 9, 2024

Reactions to the Supreme Court Ruling Against People Who Sleep Outside

On July 28, the United States Supreme Court ruled that it’s not illegal for a city to arrest people for…

July 2, 2024

Rescheduling Marijuana Is Not Enough, Most Public Comments Assert

How do people feel about the Biden administration's move to reschedule marijuana? Public comments to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)…

June 26, 2024

Saskatchewan’s “Pipe Prohibition” Sees Rise in Riskier Drug Use

Against the advice of health experts, the province of Saskatchewan, Canada, decided in early 2024 to stop distribution of safer…

June 25, 2024

Few Medicare Recipients Getting Effective Care After Nonfatal Overdose

People who have already suffered a nonfatal overdose should be prioritized in receiving evidence-based care to reduce subsequent risk, but…

June 20, 2024

MD Cannabis Mass Pardon Is First to Include “Paraphernalia” Convictions

On June 17, Maryland Governor Wes Moore (D) signed an executive order pardoning 175,000 marijuana-related misdemeanor convictions. Over 150,000 were…

June 18, 2024

CA Pushes for Psilocybin Centers—Again—for Veterans, First Responders

After years of unsuccessful efforts to authorize psychedelic treatment programs in California, a current proposal focuses on veterans and first…

June 17, 2024

As Waupun Correctional Staff Arrested for Abuse, Lockdown Drags On

After Dean Hoffman was transferred to Waupun Correctional Institution in April 2023, his daughter noticed a difference right away. Somehow…

June 14, 2024