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Drug Enforcement and Policy Center receives $5M gift from the Menard family

November 8, 2019 | College

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law announced today that it has received a $5 million gift to support its Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC) from the family of John Menard Jr., founder, and owner of Menards, a successful chain of home improvement stores located throughout the Midwest. The transformational gift will support the center’s activities in the areas of research, engagement, and student enrichment. In addition, the generosity of the Menard family will be instrumental in the center establishing an inaugural lecture in spring 2020 and its first national conference in 2021.

Established in 2017, DEPC focuses on promoting and supporting interdisciplinary, evidence-based research, scholarship, education, community outreach, and public engagement on the myriad issues and societal impacts surrounding the reform of criminal and civil laws prohibiting or regulating the use and distribution of traditionally illicit drugs. The center examines the impact of modern drug laws, policies, and enforcement on personal freedoms and human well-being, giving particularized and sustained attention to analyzing the rapid evolution of marijuana laws and the impacts of state-level reform efforts. Additionally, the center serves as an independent source for researchers, policymakers, and others interested in objective information about drug enforcement and reform.