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.

Top NJ Lawmaker’s Spurious Reasons to Keep Cannabis Home Grow Illegal

In New Jersey, where adult-use cannabis is legal, home grow remains criminalized, with penalties of up to five years in…

January 28, 2022

Can CBD Help Reduce Cravings for People With Opioid Use Disorder?

The FDA has approved a Phase 2 clinical trial for a cannabidiol (CDB) pill for opioid use disorder (OUD) patients…

January 27, 2022

Winnipeg Offers Winter Fire Barrels, Not Homes, to Unhoused People

The city of Winnipeg, Manitoba is giving free steel fire barrels to unhoused residents living outdoors. Officials say it’s to…

January 25, 2022

Senate Candidate’s Blunt Ad on Drug-War Targeting of Black Louisianans

In 1992, then-presidential candidate and Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton disclosed that he had experimented with cannabis in his youth. “I…

January 21, 2022

Doubling Down on Fentanyl Myths, West Virginia Bill Would Punish “Exposing” Cops

On January 18, West Virginia legislators advanced a bill that would make “exposing” law enforcement officers to illicit fentanyl punishable…

January 20, 2022

How Port Townsend, Washington, Decriminalized Psychedelics

On December 20, the City Council of Port Townsend, a small city in Jefferson County, Washington, voted unanimously to decriminalize…

January 19, 2022

California to Offer Contingency Management for Stimulant Use on Medicaid

On December 29, 2021, California became the first state to receive federal approval to cover the contingency management approach to drug…

January 13, 2022

Is 2022 the Year California Decriminalizes Psychedelics?

California may pass legislation decriminalizing psychedelics before the year is out. Senate Bill 519 would decriminalize personal possession of small…

January 12, 2022

Cannabis Workers in St. Louis Are Poised to Unionize

On January 6, workers at a medical cannabis company in St. Louis, Missouri, filed a petition for what would reportedly…

January 10, 2022

Federal Prisons Director to Resign Amid Staff Corruption, COVID Failures

Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal is resigning in the wake of highly publicized allegations against BOP staff, including…

January 7, 2022