About Us

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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. 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 criminal justice and drug policy and enforcement, and their historical and modern impact on society. In November of 2019 the center received an additional significant gift from The Menard Family.


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.


For general inquiries to the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, please email depc@osu.edu. Don’t miss the latest from the DEPC. Subscribe to our email newsletter and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


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