Alexander Lekhtman

Alexander’s journalism covers the policy, science and culture of drugs. His journey began as an activist with Students for Sensible Drug Policy at New York University, where he served as president, helping organize marijuana legalization and “Ban the Box” campaigns. He was also an organizer for the 2017 New York City Cannabis Parade. His drug journalism career began in 2016, and his work has been published in High Times, Leafly, Merry Jane, AlterNet, Psymposia and Psychedelic Times. Alexander was previously Filter‘s editorial fellow.

North Carolina Bill Poised to Drastically Restrict Syringe Service Programs

A bill filed in the North Carolina state Senate may threaten the existence of syringe service programs (SSP) statewide. Titled…

April 21, 2021

Drug Users Welcome: An Oklahoma City Shelter’s Encouraging Approach

On April 6, Oklahoma City opened its only low-threshold night shelter for people experiencing homelessness. With 140 beds, including some…

April 14, 2021

World Executions for Drug Charges Fell Sharply Amid COVID. It’s Likely Temporary.

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world last year, governments executed far fewer people for drug convictions than they did…

April 7, 2021

The Student Movement to End the Drug War Has a New Leader

Young people throughout the world drive the movement to end the War on Drugs. They also remain a demographic highly…

March 29, 2021

NYC Mayoral Forum Grills Candidates on Decriminalization and Overdose

Even before COVID-19 hit the city hard, New York’s elected officials failed for years to slow rising homelessness amid a…

March 19, 2021

How Will Oregon Implement Legal Psilocybin Therapy?

Oregon has begun a two-year process to implement its Psilocybin Services Act, making the state the first in the nation…

March 17, 2021

Will Connecticut Be the First State to Make Prison Phone Calls Free?

Connecticut holds the dismal distinction of being the state with the most expensive prison phone calls in the country. But…

March 15, 2021

As HIV Outbreak Grips WV, Electeds Move to Cripple Syringe Programs

At the same moment HIV cases linked to injection drug use are spiking dangerously in West Virginia, state lawmakers have…

March 8, 2021

Will Oregon Do the Right Thing for People With Marijuana Convictions?

An important political initiative aims to right some of the wrongs of the War on Drugs in Oregon. Though the…

March 2, 2021

Syringe Programs Key to Connecting Women With PrEP, Research Shows

What is the best way to protect more women who use drugs from HIV treatment? Researchers examined one aspect this…

February 25, 2021