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Founded in November 2017 with a gift from the Charles Koch Foundation and housed at the Moritz College of Law, the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center draws on the interdisciplinary strengths of a number of colleges and departments across The Ohio State University, including John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the College of Social Work. By bringing together scholarship from across academia and reaching out to government actors, legal practitioners, public policy advocates and other stakeholders, the center helps shape and enrich public conversations about the intersecting fields of drug policy and enforcement, and their historical and modern impact on society.
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.