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.

MO Voted to Impose Police Budget Increase on Kansas City. What Now?

On November 8, voters across Missouri approved Amendment 4, a measure to increase annual police funding for Kansas City. It…

November 30, 2022

Safe Consumption Sites: Congressional Report Outlines Ways to Authorize or Ban, as Key Filing Looms

A new report from the Congressional Research Service explains how Congress and President Biden could authorize safe consumption sites (SCS)…

November 29, 2022

New Center Offers Free Legal Services to People Who Use Drugs in NJ

Rutgers Law Associates (RLA) and Vital Strategies recently announced the launch of a center to provide free legal services for…

November 28, 2022

California Can’t Afford Its Free Narcan Program. Will It Embrace Generic?

A California naloxone delivery program is struggling to meet rising demand in part due to the expense of nasal0spray Narcan.…

November 22, 2022

A Peruvian Shaman Talks Ayahuasca, Healing and Tourism

Isasina is a member of the Shipibo-Conibo, an Indigenous nation centered in Peru’s Ucayali River region. He is also an…

November 18, 2022

A Full Moon in the Amazon: My Ayahuasca Experience

In April 2021, I visited Pucallpa in the Amazon region of Peru. The city of 300,000 sits on the hot…

November 18, 2022

Title 42, Weapon of the Imperialist US Drug War, Is Struck Down. Now What?

On November 15, a federal judge declared a policy commonly known as Title 42 to be unlawful. Implemented by the…

November 17, 2022

What Happens Next After Colorado’s Psychedelics Victory

On November 8, Colorado voters approved Proposition 122 to decriminalize naturally occurring entheogens and create a pathway to legal, licensed…

November 15, 2022

Three States Just Rejected Cannabis Legalization. What Are the Lessons?

Maryland and Missouri approved ballot measures to legalize adult-use cannabis on November 8—making a total of 21 states nationwide that…

November 14, 2022

New York’s Infamous Rikers Island Could Become a Green Energy Hub

After New York City officials voted to permanently close the infamous Rikers Island jail complex, the question came up of…

November 3, 2022