Mar 26: Policing in the Cannabis and Opioid Era


Due to recent proactive event restrictions outlined by The Ohio State University in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the center has elected to cancel all events through July 6. We will look to reschedule Policing in the Cannabis and Opioid Era for a later date. Thank you for your understanding.

Policing in the Cannabis and Opioid Era: Challenges and Opportunities

When: Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 12-1 p.m.
Where: Drinko Hall, Room TBA

Join the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center for a panel discussion on law enforcement in an era of increased cannabis decriminalization and growing opioid addiction. Panelists will address the impact, challenges and opportunities the era presents to police departments in Ohio and nationwide.

In the past decade, police departments around the country have increasingly found themselves faced with limitations on the extent to which they should enforce minor drug infractions, especially ones involving cannabis. Such decriminalization efforts have flourished even in states that have not legalized recreational marijuana and have often been enacted at the municipal, rather than the state level. While advocates are hailing these developments, police departments nationwide are trying to address new challenges stemming from the changed landscape. Additionally, police departments are also dealing with the ongoing opioid crisis and the changing role of police officers, who are now often responsible for administering lifesaving remedies such as Naloxone.


Council Member Shayla Favor, City of Columbus 
Sheriff R. L. Martin
, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office
Chief Tom Quinlan, Columbus Division of Police
Lauren Speigel, research director, NYU Policing Project
Mayor Nan Whaley, City of Dayton

Moderator: Andrea M. Headley, assistant professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University

Community Week

This event is part of Ohio State Community Week, a series of events hosted by student organizations and community partners focused on racial equity, safety and civic engagement.

About the Speakers

Council Member Shayla Favor, City of Columbus

Councilmember Shayla D. Favor was appointed to fill the unexpired term of newly elected Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Judge Jaiza Page on January 14, 2019. Councilmember Favor recently helped to pass a marijuana reform package through Council to reduce criminal penalties.

Prior to joining Council, Favor served as an Assistant City Attorney in Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein’s office. As a Zone Attorney, Favor had the opportunity to litigate high-profile environmental lawsuits, advise administrative and local governmental agencies, and draft several pieces of legislation. Favor worked alongside the leaders of our city and community to provide essential city services to improve Columbus’ neighborhoods and facilitate conversations to address criminal activity, vacancies, abandonment, and blight.

Sheriff R. L. Martin, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office

Appointed to the position of Sheriff in June 2012, Sheriff Martin proudly served the City of Delaware for 31 years, the last eight as the Chief of Police.

Martin holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice and is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy. He graduated from the Certified Law Enforcement Executive program and the Police Executive Leadership College. He is a Certified Instructor for the Pointman Leadership Institute, and has taught on principal based leadership – locally and internationally.

Chief Tom Quinlan, Columbus Division of Police

Chief Quinlan joined the Division in 1989 as a member of the 76th recruit class. He has worked a variety of assignments over his 29 year career including Patrol, where he served as a Field Training Officer, Freeway, and Sexual Abuse Squad. He was appointed as Chief of Police at the end of 2019.

He teaches several college courses at state universities as an Adjunct Faculty member.  Chief Quinlan applied for and was accepted by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing as a Subject Matter Expert to the Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center.  Chief Quinlan served 9 years with the Ohio Air National Guard and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. Chief Quinlan most recently has been a liaison to the Mayor’s Community Safety Advisory Commission and a team member on the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

Lauren Speigel, research director, NYU Policing Project

Lauren Speigel is the Research Director at the Policing Project at NYU Law School. She previously served as a senior policy advisor on gun violence prevention to Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago. Prior to her time in the Mayor’s Office, Lauren conducted research on urban anti-violence initiatives at the University of Chicago Crime Lab and on federal and state gun regulations at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. Lauren holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago Harris School and a bachelor’s degree in Government from Bowdoin College.

Mayor Nan Whaley, City of Dayton

Nan Whaley is proud to choose Dayton as her home. Originally from Indiana, Nan attended the University of Dayton where she graduated in 1998 and soon settled in the Five Oaks neighborhood where she and her husband Sam reside today.

Her career is distinguished by her commitment to public service, civic involvement and interest in local government. First elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005, Nan was the youngest women ever chosen for a commission seat. She was proud to be elected as Dayton’s mayor in 2013 by a double-digit majority. As mayor, she has focused on the areas of community development, manufacturing, and women and children.

Nan is a national leader among her peers serving as the Second Vice President for the US Conference of Mayors as well as the Chair of the International Committee for the conference. Nan is also a founding board member for the Ohio’s Mayor Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of Ohio’s 30 largest cities.

Andrea M. Headley, assistant professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University

Andrea M. Headley is a public management and criminal justice scholar whose research investigates the relationship between local government agencies and the community. Her research has focused within the context of policing to understand how organizational, managerial, and individual level factors affect public service delivery and outcomes. Further, her work has explored the causes and consequences of outcome disparities and inequities in policing. Her prior research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and she has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, honors, and fellowships. She has worked with various public service organizations to conduct both applied and engaged research on issues pertaining to police-community relations. She uses these experiences to help inform her teaching and further her scholarship.

Professor Headley teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Glenn College of Public Affairs on public management as well as criminal justice administration and policy. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. from Florida International University and B.S.Ed. from the University of Miami.