Alexander Lekhtman

Alexander is an editorial fellow at Filter.

A Record Means Discrimination—But National Expungement Week Is Here

For Mauro Melgar, record expungement is not just an abstract policy, it’s something that has had a profound impact on…

September 18, 2020

As New Jersey Cops Arrest 100 People Daily for Marijuana, Will the State Legalize?

Will New Jersey become next state to fully legalize marijuana? It's one of four that could take the step this…

September 16, 2020

Researchers Confirm the Lifesaving Power of a Safe Supply of Drugs

A team of researchers working at a clinic in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia has added to the evidence behind advocacy…

September 16, 2020

Utah’s Overdose Spike and a Green Substance Known as “Hulk”

Local officials and harm reductionists are reporting increased drug overdoses in Utah this year, concentrated in Salt Lake City, although…

September 10, 2020

The Impact of Family Members’ Incarceration on Black Women’s Mental Health

A new study shows that Black women who have experienced having a family member incarcerated have higher levels of stress…

September 9, 2020

Can LSD Microdosing Be a Potent Weapon Against Pain?

LSD is a famously potent psychedelic. But new research has investigated the drug's potential in a whole new setting, as…

September 3, 2020

Follow the Money: Why Marijuana Research Tells Us the Same Old Story

Scientific research enriches minds but drains wallets. In the US and globally, public and private funders have directed more money…

September 2, 2020

Pennsylvania Now Lets You Get Naloxone by Mail

Pennsylvania's health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, has issued a new standing order to allow residents to receive naloxone (Narcan), the…

August 27, 2020

What Marijuana Legalization Would Mean for Criminal Justice in Arizona

Marijuana legalization is headed to the ballot in Arizona this November. If successful, the state would become the 12th US…

August 24, 2020

Breaking Down a Model Bill to Decriminalize All Drugs

On August 6, the Drug Policy Alliance* released a detailed proposal to decriminalize all drugs at the federal level. The…

August 20, 2020