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.

Supreme Court Setback in Safehouse Fight for SCS: Will Biden Break His Silence?

On October 12, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) chose not to hear a lawsuit over Philadelphia nonprofit…

October 14, 2021

Why Is California Failing Thousands of People With Cannabis Records?

Nearly five years after California voters legalized marijuana, potentially hundreds of thousands of residents still have publicly available cannabis-related criminal…

October 14, 2021

NY Gov. Hochul Signs Bills to Decriminalize Syringes, Guarantee OUD Meds in Prisons

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, appointed in August, has already done more for harm reduction than her disgraced predecessor Andrew…

October 8, 2021

In Win for CA Syringe Programs, Bad-Faith Environmental Lawsuits Banned

On October 5, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) signed Assembly Bill 1344. The bill will prevent opponents of syringe service…

October 7, 2021

California Can Now Ban Police for Misconduct—But Will It Matter?

California can now permanently ban police officers from the profession if they commit serious misconduct. Governor Gavin Newsom (D) approved…

October 5, 2021

Is Denver’s Psilocybin Decriminalization Having an Impact?

In May 2019, by popular vote, Denver became the first US city to decriminalize psilocybin. A naturally occurring psychedelic found…

October 4, 2021

House Votes to Equalize Sentencing for Crack and Powder Cocaine

On September 28, the US House of Representatives approved a bill to make punishments for federal crack cocaine charges the…

September 30, 2021

National Expungement Week: Learn How to Clear Your Record (For Free)

September 26 through October 3 is National Expungement Week of Action and Awareness (NEW), and a series of in-person and…

September 28, 2021

Drug Users Testify as MA Lawmakers Weigh Safe Consumption Sites

On September 27, Massachusetts lawmakers invited members of the public to speak about safe consumption sites (SCS). The state legislature…

September 28, 2021

WV Harm Reduction Workers Form Coalition Amid HIV, Syringe Crises

West Virginia harm reduction workers are launching a new statewide coalition. "Mountain State Harm Reduction" will provide overdose prevention and…

September 23, 2021