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.

Psychedelic Reform Wins in DC, Oregon Send a Message to Congress

Marijuana had a runaway night on November 3, but so too did psychedelics. Voters approved two measures in Washington, DC…

November 5, 2020

Voters Approve All Seven Marijuana-Legalization Initiatives Across Five States

In a night without an immediate clear winner for the White House, we are certain of this: Marijuana legalization triumphed…

November 4, 2020

Montana Leads the Nation in Black Marijuana Arrest Rates. Will It Legalize?

Montana's voters have the chance to legalize marijuana for adult use on November 3. If voters approve reforms in the…

November 2, 2020

Most of South Dakota’s Drug Arrests Are for Marijuana. Legalization Beckons.

Marijuana prohibition in South Dakota falls heavily on Black and Native American residents. They are disproportionately targeted for arrests, and…

October 29, 2020

ACLU Sues Minneapolis for Raiding Encampments of Unhoused People

The city of Minneapolis is accused of violating the constitutional rights of people who are homeless in a lawsuit filed…

October 26, 2020

Inside the CDC Data That Confirm the Pandemic Is Driving Up Overdose Deaths

For months, media outlets including Filter have reported on a collage of anecdotal and local alerts from around the country…

October 22, 2020

On the Ballot: Psychedelic Reform Measures in Oregon and DC

As election day looms, voters in Oregon and Washington, DC, are about to weigh in on two ballot initiatives looking…

October 21, 2020

San Francisco’s Cannabis Equity Program Hits Milestone But Still Falling Short

On October 9, San Francisco’s first Latina-owned cannabis dispensary opened in the Union Square neighborhood. The owner, Cindy De La…

October 20, 2020

California May Restore Voting Rights to Over 55,000 People With Felony Records

A ballot measure in California, Proposition 17, would restore voting rights to all residents after they leave prison on parole.…

October 19, 2020

“A Perfect Example of Targeting”—Marijuana Injustice in Southeast Brooklyn

For two years in a row now, political efforts to legalize marijuana in the state of New York have gone…

October 15, 2020