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.

End of Wisconsin Gerrymander Offers Hope for Drug Policy Reform

Wisconsin politics could be transformed after Governor Tony Evers (D) signed new legislative maps into law on February 19. The…

February 23, 2024

Fears for Drug Users and Many Others After Indonesia’s Presidential Election

Indonesia appears to have chosen an authoritarian-minded former general with a harrowing human rights record as its next president. Preliminary…

February 22, 2024

MDMA Close to Being Legal Medicine, as FDA Grants Priority Review

MDMA is getting ever closer to becoming a legal medicine. The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now expediting…

February 15, 2024

How Reducing Homelessness Would Reduce Drug-Related Deaths

New research has indicated the extent to which cutting rates of homelessness would save lives by preventing drug-related deaths. The…

February 13, 2024

Cops Are Seizing More Mushrooms, as Public Interest in Psychedelics Grows

Police have seized increasing quantities of psilocybin mushrooms in recent years, new research has found. This has happened amid growing…

February 8, 2024

Biden’s Border Security Deal Is Collapsing. What Now?

President Biden's $118 billion anti-immigration deal is collapsing on the eve of its procedural vote in the Senate, abandoned by…

February 7, 2024

With Aptly Named HB 420, KY Would Legalize Cannabis, Expunge Records

Kentucky legislators have introduced a bill to legalize and regulate cannabis for adults over 21, as well allow people to…

February 6, 2024

NYC Defies Mayor Adams to Ban Solitary Confinement, Rein In NYPD

The New York City Council has overwhelmingly approved a package of police and jail reforms, in defiance of Mayor Eric…

February 1, 2024

Nebraska, a State With No Syringe Programs, Looks Set to Allow Them

Nebraska is a state so big that it takes at least six hours to drive across it from east to…

January 30, 2024

EU to Fund Study of Psilocybin for Patients in Palliative Care

The European Union is putting money into a psychedelic study with patients who are receiving palliative care for incurable illnesses.…

January 26, 2024