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.


The Prohibition Era and Policing: March 4th

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Wes Oliver's recent book, The Prohibition Era and Policing: A Legacy of Misregulation, contends that our regulation of police practices as it developed during the Prohibition era created intensive regulation of search and seizures, but only limited oversight of police force and investigatory methods that risk wrongful conviction.  Professor Oliver will discuss his provocative thesis, followed by Judge Jeff Sutton and other experts in legal history and criminal procedure exploring what his ideas mean for policing today.

Presenter:

Wesley M. Oliver, Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Scholarship, Criminal Justice Program Director, Duquesne University School of Law

Discussants:

The Honorable Maureen O'Connor, Chief Justice, Ohio Supreme Court

The Honorable Jeffery S. Sutton, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Andrea Headley, PhD, The John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University

2019 Cannabiz Innovation Sprint

The Center for Innovation Strategies and the Drug Enforcement & Policy Center are proud to announce the Cannabiz Innovation Sprint. For 6-weeks, teams of students will go through four 1-hour workshops to develop cutting-edge innovative concepts to one of today’s most unique emerging markets.

Each workshop will be attended by industry leaders looking for student talent to employ for future internships and investment opportunities. The sprint will conclude with a closed-door pitch event where each team will have an opportunity to pitch their product, program, or concept to a panel of judges. There will be $1,500 in prizes given away!

If you’re interested in innovation, the emerging cannabis market, or just want a chance to work on a unique project with other creative students, please sign up by using the link below! For more information and details about the sprint visit our website. If you have any questions, please email Christian Lampasso at lampasso.1@osu.edu.

REGISTER FOR CANNABIS INNOVATION SPRINT

Ballot Insights Series - Wrap Up

The 2018 Ohio Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment was a ballot initiative aiming to change Ohio constitution to achieve four goals: (1) change drug possession felonies to misdemeanors, (2) prohibit prison sentences for technical probation violations, (3) expand the ability to earn up to 25% off a prison sentence through rehabilitative programming, and (4) redirect funds saved from reduced incarceration to drug treatment and victims’ services. On November 6, the initiative, also known as Issue 1, was soundly defeated 63.4% to 36.6%.

Our series, Ballot Insights, aimed to unpack the complicated issues and provide a venue for informed discussion of the individual policy proposals included in this proposed constitutional amendment. Thank you to all who helped us make the series a success:

5 panels

  • September 13 - The Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment: Step in the Right Direction?
  • October 4 - Earning Freedom: Working Toward Sentence Reduction
  • October 18 - Devil in the Details: Funding Effective Rehabilitation and Treatment
  • November 1 - Sentencing and Parole Reform in Practice: Insights on Implementation Challenges
  • November 29 - The Passage or Failure of The Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment: What Can We Learn from Ohio's Voting Patterns?

18 speakers
195 unique attendees
355 registrations
5 expert commentaries
Over 4500 page views of the Issue 1 sites
73 news articles collected

Ballot Insights website

2018 DEPC Research Grant Awards

We are excited to announce the award of two research grants as part of our inaugural 2018 Research Grant Program. The Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC) funds an annual research grant program for Ohio State faculty and graduate students focused on supporting academic research on issues related to the reform of criminal and civil laws prohibiting or regulating the use and distribution of traditionally illicit drugs. The Center supports scholarship that examines the impact of modern drug laws, policies and enforcement on personal freedoms and human well-being.

2018 AWARDS

Deterrence or indifference?: Opioid users’ perceptions of anti-drug laws
Eric LaPlant, PhD candidate, Department of Sociology, The Ohio State University

Moral Panics, Race, and the Criminalization of Marijuana in the Early 20th Century
Michael Vuolo, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, The Ohio State University

For more details, please visit our research page.

 

 

Center's Official Launch: Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and CBS Correspondent, Erin Moriarty

Thank you to all who joined the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center for its official launch event on Friday, November 2. We were joined by two distinguished alumni of the Moritz College of Law: the governor of the State of Nevada, the Honorable Brian Sandoval ('89), and CBS Correspondent, Erin Moriarty ('77).

Governor Sandoval and Ms. Moriarty, along with the center's director, professor Douglas Berman, discussed a number of issues including the current opioid crisis, the growing momentum behind marijuana legalization and how to best manage this process, and the importance of evidence-based policy decision making.