Updates on the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center

May 23, 2019

DEPC Director featured on BEME News.

Marijuana crimes have led to over 40 million arrests since Richard Nixon launched the war on drugs in the 1970s. The so-called “collateral consequences” of these arrests can prevent offenders from getting certain jobs, certain public benefits, and even student loans. Now that marijuana is being legalized in places across the country, there’s a growing movement to expunge – or wipe away - these arrests.

In this video, Louis Foglia examines the pros and cons.

March 28, 2019

DEPC Director and Panelists featured on Business of Marijuana Roundtable podcast from Columbus Business First.

Columbus, Ohio, March 21, 2019. Is Ohio failing patients by the slow pace of the rollout of medical marijuana in the state? Or is it ultimately protecting them by being deliberate and making sure it gets it right?

That was the crux of the discussion when Columbus Business First convened an expert panel this month to discuss the state's developing marijuana industry.

We also discussed whether full legalization could be coming to Ohio, and how quickly.

March 21, 2019

Ohio's Medical Marijuana Program Has Room To Grow, Panel Says

Columbus, Ohio, March 21, 2019. Ohio's first cannabis products processor opened this month, creating a living laboratory to study cannabis's effects on economic development, job creation, and healthcare.  Mark Hamlin, senior policy adviser at Ohio Department of Commerce address that there are some unique challenges, because a regulatory framework around the industry is still a work in process, while there is also the larger federal status for marijuana.

DEPC Executive Director Douglas Berman, laments that the federal government hasn't been collecting robust data and that this is a real opportunity for Ohio to be leaders in data collection and analysis for Ohio and other states.

Read more about Ohio's cannabis industry from Columbus Business First Cannabis Panel Here

February 19, 2019

Eminent Legal Scholar Joins CNR Board

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, February 19, 2019. The Center for New Revenue today announced that Professor Douglas A. Berman of Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law has joined its Board of Advisors. Professor Berman holds the Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law, and is Executive Director of the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center.  A graduate of Princeton and the Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, he has written widely on drug policy, criminal law, sentencing, and more.  He operates the Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform Blog,

“When the Center for New Revenue began in 2011, the study of cannabis legalization policy was in start-up mode.  Professor Berman brings our Board beyond the friends and family stage,” said Center founder Pat Oglesby.  “Now the stakes are growing.  Doug Berman brings recognized expertise to the expanding discussion of cannabis policy.  It’s an honor to have him join the Center’s Board.”

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