Alexander Lekhtman

Alexander is a staff writer for Filter. 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.

Two Years After Oakland’s Psychedelic Decrim, What’s Been the Impact?

Over two years ago, in June 2019, the city of Oakland, California became the first in the US to decriminalize…

August 2, 2021

Brooklyn Dismisses 3,500 Marijuana Cases in Latest Steps Toward Justice

On July 27, a Brooklyn, New York county court agreed to dismiss and seal over 3,500 marijuana cases. With full…

July 29, 2021

Questions Linger Over California’s Record Homelessness Funding

On July 19, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $12 billion funding package to address homelessness—the largest single sum a…

July 26, 2021

Congress Plans Historic Federal Funding for Syringe Programs

A Congressional budget committee released a draft spending bill on July 11 that would finally erase a longstanding ban on…

July 22, 2021

Vancouver Activists Hand Out Drugs, Demand Better Safe Supply Options

On July 14 Jean Swanson, a city councillor of Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), helped to hand out free heroin during…

July 19, 2021

With Rhode Island Safe Consumption Win, Pressure Mounts on New York

New York keeps trailing behind its neighbors on vital drug policy issues. From adult-use marijuana to decriminalization of psychedelics, nearby…

July 12, 2021

Eric Adams as NYC Mayor: What Could It Mean for Harm Reduction?

Eric Adams—the Brooklyn borough president, former state senator and former NYPD captain—is now the Democratic candidate for New York City…

July 8, 2021

Rhode Island on the Brink of Authorizing Safe Consumption Sites

On June 29, the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill to authorize safe consumption sites,…

July 1, 2021

Why Rhode Island Cannabis Activists Want Worker-Owned Co-Ops

This may be the year Rhode Island legalizes marijuana for adult use. But state lawmakers and the governor, having struggled…

June 29, 2021

Biden Vows to End Racist Crack Cocaine Sentencing That He Helped Establish

The Biden administration has again voiced support for ending a law that punishes possession or distribution of crack cocaine far…

June 24, 2021