Alexander Lekhtman

Alexander is an editorial fellow at Filter.

Pandemic Puts the Brakes on the Psychedelic Decriminalization Movement

As 2020 began, psychedelics advocates throughout the US looked eagerly towards the election cycle and other opportunities. Major cities like…

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COVID-19 Is Especially Devastating for Black and Brown Americans

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its accompanying economic downturn is disproportionately affecting Black and Brown people in the US…

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“Ticking Time Bombs”—Congressmembers Urge Releases From Federal Prisons

Members of Congress are joining criminal justice reform advocates to demand that some people currently in prisons be released to…

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When Methadone Clinics Support Patients Who Use Marijuana

Methadone patients face many harsh restrictions. Among them, clinics frequently test for and punish cannabis use, including by withdrawing services—even when…

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San Francisco Cannabis Shops Can Stay Open Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

As people across the US see their lives disrupted by the pandemic, many can at least still get their medical…

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Why Midwestern Farmers Are Facing a Suicide Crisis

Farm workers are increasingly dying of suicide, according to new research. Farmers are suffering the combined burdens of falling commodity…

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The Incarcerated Population Is Especially Vulnerable to Coronavirus

People held in jails and prisons throughout the US are at heightened risk of contracting COVID-19, thanks to crowded conditions,…

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San Diego County Lawmaker Pushes to End Syringe Exchange Ban

A lawmaker in San Diego County, California is urging his colleagues to rethink a 20-year-old ban on syringe exchanges. By…

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UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs Once Again Postpones Key Cannabis Vote

The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has decided to delay until December a vote due to take place…

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How Former Soviet Countries Are Suppressing Harm Reduction “Propaganda”

Lawmakers in the former Soviet Union are seeking to impose harsher criminal penalties for drug-related “propaganda,” especially online. Their efforts…

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