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The Drug Enforcement and Policy Center 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.

Upcoming Events

Understanding Drug Sentencing and its Contributions to Mass Punishment. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Join DEPC and the Academy for Justice on October 7-8, 2021 for a symposium to explore the myriad issues surrounding drug sentencing and its contribution to mass incarceration and mass punishment.


Recent News

Evaluating the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program: Satisfaction and Perception

Learn more about our annual survey of medical marijuana patients and potential patients in Ohio. The goal of this research is to evaluate their experiences and satisfaction with the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP) to date.


Recent Research

Five Decades of Marijuana Decriminalization

Explore five decades of state and local marijuana decriminalization in our latest resource page.

Marijuana legislation and expungement in early 2021. Read the report.

The Collateral Consequences Resource Center, with support from DEPC, has produced a report summarizing the groundbreaking criminal reforms enacted this year as part of marijuana legalization.

From Medical to Recreational Marijuana: Lessons for States in Transition. Read the report.

Learn more our report that documents lessons learned and decision-making behind the transition from medical to recreational marijuana in four states.