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The center aims to bridge the gap between academic research and policy realities by providing a space where academics, government leaders and other stakeholders can engage and collaborate on examining issues of interest and concern. To do so, the center will host conferences and symposia to educate and bring awareness to drug policy and enforcement issues. The center aspires to provide stakeholders with programming and materials that can aid them in their day-to-day work and create a forum to discuss the challenges presented by this field.
Join the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center and the Center for Innovation Strategies for From Reefer Madness to Hemp Utopia: CBD, Hemp and the Evolving Regulation of Commoditized Cannabis. The latest Cannabiz Roundtable discussion will feature a panel of experts as they discuss the challenges of regulating the unusual agricultural commodity that is hemp and the myriad products infused with one of its derivatives, CBD.
Learn more on the full event page.
Light breakfast will be served.
The Drug Enforcement and Policy Center is partnering with the Arizona State University's Academy for Justice on a conference to look back on how the Controlled Substances Act has helped shape modern American drug laws and policies and to look forward toward the direction these laws could and should take in the next 50 years.
The conference, “The Controlled Substances Act at 50 Years,” will take place on February 20-22, 2020, at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in Phoenix, Arizona.
For more information about the conference and how you can participate, please visit the conference website.
The Drug Enforcement and Policy Center hosted a special lunch event with former Ohio State football player Maurice Clarett. Clarett discussed his new autobiography, One and Done: How My Life Started When My Football Career Ended, touching on identity, mental health, incarceration, the criminal justice system and his work to improve the lives of struggling student athletes.
Learn more on the full event page.
The Drug Enforcement and Policy Center hosted a lunch conversation with Mr. Zachary Bolitho, an Assistant Professor at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University. Bolitho discussed his work as the Chief of Staff and Associate Deputy Attorney General for former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and his experience of serving as the Department of Justice’s ex officio member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Prior to Campbell Law, Bolitho served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee and was a litigation associate with the law firm Jones Day and a law clerk to Judge David W. McKeague of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law.
The second annual Ohio State Cannabiz Innovation Sprint will concluded with a Final Pitch featuring the top five proposals for innovative ideas for the cannabis industry. Proposals resulted from an 8-week workshop co-hosted by the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC) and the Center for Innovation Strategies (CIS).
The Cannabiz Innovation Sprint guides multidisciplinary student teams through a comprehensive process to develop disruptive solutions to one of today’s most unique emerging markets: cannabis. Throughout the workshops and into the Final Pitch, students gain access to cannabis industry leaders looking for student talent for both employment and investment opportunities. To find out more, please visit the u.osu.edu/cannabizsprint.
When: Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Mason Hall, 2nd Floor Rotunda, 250 W Woodruff Ave, Columbus, Ohio
One year after Ohio voters soundly rejected a criminal justice reform ballot initiative known as Issue 1, legislative leaders and experts looked at the past and future of drug and criminal justice reforms in the State of Ohio and beyond. The event was co-hosted by the Buckeye Institute, the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center and the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission.
After Ohio voters in November 2018 soundly rejected Issue 1, both proponents and opponents of the initiative proclaimed their commitment to enacting at least some of its elements through the legislative process. Public officials, including many who opposed Issue 1, expressed interest in various reform proposals that would soften punitive approaches to drug addiction and non-violent drug crimes and would increase treatment options for those suffering from substance use disorder.
Now, one year later, the story of reform is still in development, with the Ohio General Assembly considering a number of criminal justice reform proposals but no changes enacted into law as of now. Meanwhile, significant sentencing and prison reforms were enacted at the federal level, which has helped propel state level reforms in other states. This forum closely examined the past and future outlook of criminal justice reforms in the State of Ohio and explore the state of criminal justice reform at the national level.
Learn more and watch video of the event at u.osu.edu/cjreform.
Jonathan Wroblewski serves as the Director of the Office of Policy and Legislation in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and he has also directed Harvard Law School's Semester in Washington Program for a decade. He will speak generally about the history of sentencing and corrections in the U.S., and specifically about how best to understand the landmark new FIRST STEP Act, its place in US criminal justice history, and where we might go next. Please register below to join the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center for lunch and a lively discussion (lunch will be served).
WHEN: October 18, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Drinko Hall 246
Professor, History Department
In her latest book, The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State, Lisa McGirr revises our understanding of the Prohibition years. The 1920s were not just about gin joints and Jazz; McGirr emphasizes, instead, the serious and long-lasting legacies of the ban on alcohol. McGirr charts how the ban built the edifice of the federal penal state, fueled the Ku Klux Klan’s power, reshaped politics, and served as a dress rehearsal for the much larger and longer lasting war on drugs.
When: Friday, October 4, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Barrister Club
Lisa McGirr is a professor in the History Department at Harvard University. She specializes in the history of the 20th century United States. Her research and teaching interests bridge the fields of social and political history and focus, in particular, on collective action, state building, reform movements, and politics. She has researched on the American penal state, transnational social movements, and the intersection of religion and politics in the twentieth-century United States. Her most recent book The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State (W.W. Norton, 2016) has won wide acclaim for excavating the significant but neglected state-building legacies of national Prohibition. Her award winning first book, Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right investigates the social and regional basis of grass-roots conservative politics in the post-World War II United States. She teaches a wide variety of courses on the history of the United States in the 20th century.
Executive Director, Ohio Justice and Policy Center
Please join the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center for a discussion with Mr. David Singleton, Executive Director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, about their new initiative Beyond Guilt. The initiative, featured recently in a New York Times article, addresses the plight of individuals who are often forgotten by criminal justice reform groups, those that have admitted guilt and were convicted of more serious offenses, including violent crimes.
When: Wednesday, October 2, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Drinko Hall 245
The Drug Enforcement & Policy Center is partnering with the Center for Innovation Strategies for the second annual Cannabiz Innovation Sprint. For 5-weeks, teams of students from a number of disciplines will go through five 1-hour workshops to develop cutting-edge innovative concepts to one of today's most unique emerging markets.
The sprint will conclude with a final pitch event on November 14, 2019, attended by the cannabis industry leaders looking for student talent to employ for future internships and investment opportunities. Additionally, there will be up to $3,000 in prizes given away! To find out more, please visit the Sprint website.
Pizza will be served.
To register for the kick off event, please click here.
When: September 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Drinko Hall 244
The cannabis industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, projected to reach over 200,000 full-time employees in 2019 and expected to grow to $47.3 billion in sales by 2027. Yet, the birth of this new multi-billion industry is being accompanied by a lot of unusual challenges, risks, and opportunities mainly driven by the murky legal status of its product.
On September 6 the center organized a lunch discussion with legal professionals who practice in the cannabis space to enable students to learn about what it takes to serve this industry.
- Luis Alcalde , Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter
- Benton Bodamer, Dickinson Wright
- Eliott Frank, Sadis & Goldberg LLP
- Tod Friedman, Schottenstein Property Group
- Jennifer Nelson-Carney, Bricker & Eckler
- David Patton, Patton Law Firm LLC