Why teach drugs?

Black and white photograph of two professors teaching a large class in an auditorium

Increased cannabis reforms and the opioid crisis have set the stage for a new demand for relevant law courses covering these topics. A report from the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC) shows that the vast majority of accredited U.S. law schools, roughly five out of six, do not teach courses focused on drugs or the evolving legal structures around cannabis. This gap in law school curricula is especially problematic for law schools located in states with legalized cannabis markets. Students would undoubtedly benefit from drug policy courses given the range of legal and policy issues arising from legalization in those states.

About this Site

This site is intended to provide a variety of resources–from existing courses to casebooks–for legal educators who wish to fill this gap. We invite you to explore the site and to reach out with questions, share additional resources, and notify us of any new courses offered.


Teaching Drugs Blog

As a part of this effort, DEPC will share resources through a blog. Posts are categorized by topic and type. Do you have teaching or primary resources to share? Do you have suggestions for other helpful content for instructors? Reach out and share by clicking the submit button in the sidebar.


Teaching Drugs Instructor Survey

Do you teach a course on marijuana law or drug policy? Tell us about yourself, provide feedback, and share your interest in future programing.