Reports and Studies

The Drug Enforcement and Policy Center works on a range of projects and reports focused on the issues and societal impacts surrounding the reform of criminal and civil laws prohibiting or regulating the use and distribution of traditionally illicit drugs.


Reports and Studies Spotlight

Marijuana legislation and expungement in early 2021. Read the report.
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The Collateral Consequences Resource Center, with support from the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, produced a report and an accompanying infographic that summarize the groundbreaking criminal reforms enacted this year as part of marijuana legalization and situate them in the national context.

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More Reports and Studies


Evaluating the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program: Satisfaction and Perception

Survey | Evaluating the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program: Satisfaction and Perception

For a third year, DEPC surveyed medical marijuana patients and potential patients to evaluate their experiences and satisfaction with the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP) to date. The survey is now closed. Learn more at u.osu.edu/ommcpsurvey.


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“From Medical to Recreational Marijuana: Lessons for States in Transition”

This report documents lessons learned and decision-making behind the transition in four states: Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, and Oregon. The purpose of this research is to provide actionable and concrete advice to states that are transitioning, or are planning for a transition, from a medical marijuana regime to an adult-use or recreational framework.


Teaching Drugs: Incorporating Drug Policy into Law School Curriculum, 2020-21 Curriculum Survey Update

“Teaching Drugs: Incorporating Drug Policy into Law School Curriculum, 2020-21 Curriculum Survey Update”

This follow-up report details law school courses taught in 2020-21 that touch on drugs or the evolving legal structures around cannabis. Both this report, and the original 2020 report, show that the vast majority of accredited U.S. law schools, roughly five out of six, do not teach courses that focus on either basic legal doctrines or broader scholarship in this field.


Special Conference Edition of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. Read the Issue. The Controlled Substances Act at 50 Years.

Special Conference Issue of Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

Volume 18.1 of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law contains articles generated as a result of The Controlled Substance Act at 50 Years conference co-sponsored by the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center and the Academy for Justice.


Ensuring Marijuana Reform is Effective Criminal Justice Reform by Alex Kreit and Douglas A. Berman. Read the paper.

“Ensuring Marijuana Reform is Effective Criminal Justice Reform”

This paper from DEPC Executive Director Douglas A. Berman and affiliated faculty member Alex Kreit discusses how Arizona should best advance #marijuanalegalization so that it can significantly improve Arizona’s #criminaljustice system.


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“Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program at Two Years: Evaluating Satisfaction and Perception”

This report indicates continued dissatisfaction with the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, primarily based on pricing. The report builds on a previous, first-of-its-kind survey conducted in 2019 by DEPC and Harm Reduction Ohio.


Struggling Through the Pandemic: Cannabis Social Equity During COVID-19

“Struggling Through the Pandemic: Cannabis Social Equity During COVID-19”

This report details the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small, minority-owned, and social equity businesses in the cannabis industry. The results indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced tremendous new challenges for the industry and exacerbated long-standing difficulties for businesses in this arena.


Documenting the Challenges (and Documents) as Ohio Courts Respond to COVID-19

“Documenting the Challenges (and Documents) as Ohio Courts Respond to COVID-19”

This report examines Ohio court orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It reveals considerable formal action was made to minimize physical appearances. However, relatively few court orders included provisions aimed at decreasing the number of people entering prisons or authorizing proactive steps to release people from detention.


Teaching Drugs: Incorporating Drug Policy into Law School Curriculum

“Teaching Drugs: Incorporating Drug Policy into Law School Curriculum”

This report details the state of U.S. law school curricula in the era of increased cannabis reforms and the opioid crisis. The results show that the vast majority of U.S. law schools do not teach courses focused on drugs or the evolving legal structures around cannabis. This is true even for law schools located in states with legalized cannabis markets.


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“Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program Online Survey of Customer Satisfaction”

Read the report from the preliminary 2019 online survey conducted by DEPC and Harm Reduction Ohio.