Faculty in the News

Ohio State law professors are sought out for their expertise by a number of news media outlets and blogs with large audiences. Topics range from the death penalty to voter ID laws to artificial insemination – and our faculty members’ quotes and analysis can be found everywhere from small-town and national newspapers to radio broadcasts to cable news programs. The following is a selection of media coverage for Moritz College of Law faculty.

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2018 Media Hits

What does Jeff Sessions' new marijuana policy mean for Ohio?

January 4, 2018

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Doug Berman was quoted in Cleveland.com about the future of legalized marijuana in Ohio following a new federal policy announced by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"One of the numerous reasons I've always thought Ohio and medical marijuana regimes are relatively safe is Congress has included in every spending bill language that says the DOJ can't use any resources to interfere with state medical marijuana programs, and that's been interpreted to mean you can't bring a prosecution," Berman said.
 


Justice Department Rescinds Obama-era Marijuana Guidance

January 4, 2018

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Doug Berman was quoted in Route Fifty about the future of legalized marijuana across the country following a new federal policy announced by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
 
"That still should worry an awful lot of the industry that arguably could be called 'brazen' in their confidence," Berman said. "But I doubt we're going to be seeing even hundreds, let alone thousands, of new prosecutions in federal court for marijuana offenses.”
 


Trump Administration marijuana changes could affect Ohio medical marijuana

January 4, 2018

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Doug Berman was quoted in WSYX ABC 6 about the future of legalized marijuana in Ohio following a new federal policy announced by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
 
"We've always had this uncertain, almost schizophrenic approach where we have literally states authorizing what qualifies as federal drug dealing,” Berman said. “I don't think the medical marijuana states are going to be the first frontier. I definitely think that anybody working in this industry, medical or recreational, has a new set of worries. It's designed to kind of send a shot over the bow to the industry. 'Don't assume we're not going to be keeping an eye on you by continuing to enforce federal prohibition.'"
 


What Federal Changes Mean To Ohio's Medical Marijuana Program

January 4, 2018

Featured Expert: Douglas A. Berman

Professor Doug Berman appeared on Statehouse News Bureau to discuss the future of legalized marijuana following a new federal policy announced by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“It’s my sense there are a number of the Attorney General’s own party, the GOP, that are troubled by the possibility of widespread prosecutions and I think that would be particularly strong and forceful in the context of medical marijuana,” Berman said.