Image of Drinko Hall with color overlay and text reading Drug Enforcement and Policy Center

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.

Event Spotlight

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

Save the date for our fall 2021 symposium co-hosted by Academy for Justice.


Research Spotlight

Explore our resource page, designed to aid in understanding the complex evolution of criminal justice and drug sentencing reforms in Ohio.

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

Learn more about our latest report.

Ensuring Marijuana Reform is Effective Criminal Justice Reform by Alex Kreit and Douglas A. Berman. Read the paper.

Read this paper from DEPC Executive Director Douglas A. Berman and affiliated faculty member Alex Kreit.


News Spotlight

Ohio Governor's Expedited Pardon Project Leads to Nine Pardons in First Year

Learn more about the project’s first year and explore our program update report.