Alex Kreit

Alex Kreit
Professor of Law
Co-Director, Criminal Law Fellowship Program
Co-Director, Center for Criminal Law and Policy
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude;
B.A., Hampshire College
Phone: (619) 961-4265

Alex Kreit is a leading expert on illegal drug and marijuana law.  He is author of the casebook Controlled Substances: Crime, Regulation, and Policy, published by Carolina Academic Press, and co-author of the annually updated reference book Drug Abuse and the Law Sourcebook, published by Thomson Reuters (with Gerald F. Uelmen).

Professor Kreit is frequently quoted in the media on drug policy and marijuana law issues, having appeared in news outlets including the Christian Science Monitor, the Fox News Channel, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, VICE News and the Wall Street Journal.

Before coming to Thomas Jefferson, Professor Kreit worked as an associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco and clerked for the Honorable M. Blane Michael on the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Kreit has taught in Hangzhou, China and Nice, France in Thomas Jefferson’s study abroad programs and as a visiting faculty member at Boston College Law School. He continues to practice law as a member of the Appellate Defenders Inc. panel, representing indigent defendants in state criminal appeals.  

Professor Kreit is actively involved in the community.  He is a member of the City of San Diego’s Ethics Commission, which is responsible for monitoring, administering, and enforcing the City’s governmental ethics laws. From 2009 to 2010, he served as Chair of the City of San Diego’s Medical Marijuana Task Force.

Courses include:

Controlled Substances, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, International and Comparative Drug Control, and Marijuana law and Policy.

Books

Criminal Law in Focus (Focus Casebook Series) (Wolters Kluwer, forthcoming 2018)

Marijuana Law and Policy (with Douglas A. Berman) (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2018)

Controlled Substances: Crime, Regulation and Policy (2d ed. Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2018) (1st ed. 2013)

Drug Abuse and the Law Sourcebook (with Gerald F. Uelmen) (Thomson Reuters 2013, updated annually)

Articles, Book Chapters, And Article-Length Works

Marijuana Legalization and Nosey Neighbor States, 58 B.C. L. Rev. 1059 (2017)

Drug Truce, 77 Ohio St. L.J. 1323 (2016)

Marijuana Legalization and Pretextual Stops, 50 UC DAVIS L. REV. 741 (2016)

What Will Federal Marijuana Reform Look Like?, 65 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 689 (2015)

The 2015 Federal Budget’s Medical Marijuana Provision: An "End to the Federal Ban on Marijuana" or Something Less Than That?, 35 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 537 (2015)

Controlled Substances, Uncontrolled Law, 6 Alb. Gov't L. Rev. 101 (2013)

The Federal Response to State Marijuana Legalization: Room for Compromise?, 91 Or. L. Rev. 1029 (2013)

Reflections on Medical Marijuana Prosecutions and the Ethical Duty to Seek Justice, 89 Denv. U. L. Rev. 1027 (2013)

The Decriminalization Option: Should States Consider Moving from a Criminal to a Civil Drug Court Model?, 2010 U. Chi. Legal F. 299 (2010)

Beyond the Prohibition Debate: Thoughts on Federal Drug Laws in an Age of State Reforms, 13 Chap. L. Rev. 555 (2010)

Making Sense of Facial and As-Applied Challenges, 18 Wm. & Mary Bill Of Rts. J. 657 (2010)

Toward a Public Health Approach to Drug Policy, 3 Advance: The Journal Of The American Constitution Society Issue Groups 43 (2009)

Vicarious Criminal Liability and the Constitutional Dimension of Pinkerton, 57 Am. U. L. Rev. 585 (2008)

Rights, Rules, and Raich, 108 W. Va. L. Rev. 705 (2006)

Raich, Health Care, and the Commerce Clause, 31 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 957 (2005) (with Aaron Marcus) (invited symposium contribution)

Why is Congress Still Regulating Noncommercial Activity?, 28 Harv. J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 169 (2004)

Comment, The Future of Medical Marijuana: Should the States Grow Their Own?, 151 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1787 (2003) (cited in Raich v. Ashcroft, 352 F. 3d 1222. 1237 (9th Cir. 2003) Beam, J. dissenting)

Facial Challenges and the Fourth Amendment, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Mexico City, MX (June 23, 2017)

Facial Challenges and the Fourth Amendment, AALS Criminal Justice Section Midyear Meeting, Washington, D.C (June 14, 2017)

The Future of Marijuana Legalization After Trump, Cozen O’Connor Global P&C Claims Think Tank Conference, West Palm Beach, FL (May 18, 2017)

The Future of Marijuana Legalization After Trump, The Business of Cannabis CLE, Los Angeles, CA (April 27, 2017)

The Future of Marijuana Legalization After Trump, Babson College, Wellesley, MA (April 23, 2017)

Drug Policy Reform and Strategic Litigation, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Annual Conference, Portland, OR (March 26, 2017)

Marijuana Legalization: Recommendations for Policymakers, Bridging the Gap: A Conference on Scholarship and Criminal Justice Reform, Phoenix, AZ (February 11, 2017)

The Future of Marijuana Legalization After Trump, Cannabis as a Business in California CLE, Sacramento, CA (February 3, 2017)

The Future of Marijuana Legalization After Trump, University of New Hampshire School of Law, American Constitution Society, Concord, NH (November 15, 2016)

Facial Challenges and the Fourth Amendment, ABA Criminal Justice Section, Annual Fall Institute Roundtable, Washington, D.C (November 3, 2016)

Covering Mass Incarceration in the First Year Criminal Law Course, Society for American Law Teachers 2016 Teaching Conference, Chicago, IL (September 30, 2016)

Facial Challenges and the Fourth Amendment, Boston College Law School, Faculty Colloquium, Newton, MA (September 23, 2016)

Post-Drug War Federal Drug Enforcement, Conference on Criminal Justice Reform, Boise, ID (June 5, 2016)

Post-Drug War Federal Drug Enforcement, Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (June 3, 2016)

Humanizing Homeless in San Diego, San Diego History Center, San Diego, CA (February 25, 2016)

Marijuana Legalization, Probable Cause, and Pretext Stops, UC Davis School of Law, Law Review Symposium, Davis, CA (January 29, 2016)

Marijuana Legalization and Patents: Some Preliminary Thoughts, Texas A&M University School of Law, Property Law Journal Symposium, Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, TX (October 16, 2015)

Drug Truce, University of Utah College of Law, Southwest Criminal Law Workshop, Salt Lake City, UT (September 26, 2015)

2015-16 Supreme Court Preview (Panelist), University of San Diego School of Law, Federalist Society, San Diego, CA (September 17, 2015)

Teaching and Studying Vice (Panelist), Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, FL (August 2, 2015)

Legal Ethics and Marijuana (2015 Mart Vogel Lecture on Professionalism and Legal Ethics), The State Bar Association of North Dakota Annual Meeting, Bismarck, ND (June 19, 2015)

Ohio Marijuana Policy Reform Symposium (panelist), Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Columbus, OH (June 11, 2015)

Drug Truce, Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA (May 31, 2015)

Assessing the 2015 Federal Budget’s Medical Marijuana Appropriations Provision, Northern Illinois University School of Law, Medical Marijuana Symposium, DeKalb, IL (April 17, 2015)

Drug Truce, Vanderbilt Law School, Drug Law and Policy Roundtable, Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville, TN (March 21, 2015)

What Will Federal Marijuana Law Reform Look Like?, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Regional Conference, CSU Fullerton, Fullerton, CA (March 15, 2015)

What Will Federal Marijuana Law Reform Look Like?, University of San Diego School of Law, American Constitution Society, San Diego, CA (February 24, 2015)

What Will Federal Marijuana Law Reform Look Like?, Symposium on Critical Perspectives on the Drug War, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA (February 21, 2015)

Federal Law and Industrial Hemp, Cannabis in Washington State Seminar Group CLE, Seattle, WA (December 5, 2014)

Local Regulation of Medical Marijuana, Medical and Recreational Marijuana Seminar Group CLE, Los Angeles, CA (October 3, 2014)

Drug Policy Lawyering: Opportunities and Conflicts in an Evolving Landscape, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (September 28, 2014)

Facial Challenges and the Fourth Amendment, Southwest Criminal Law Workshop, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA (September 19, 2014)

What Will Federal Marijuana Law Reform Look Like?, Case Western Reserve University Symposium on Marijuana, Federal Power, and the States, Cleveland, OH (September 12, 2014)

Facial Challenges and the Fourth Amendment, CrimFest at Rutgers-Newark Law School, Newark, NJ (July 21, 2014)

The Fourth Amendment at the Border, University of San Diego School of Law, American Constitution Society, San Diego, CA (April 16, 2014)

Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentencing, University of Florida Law School, American Constitution Society, University of Florida Law School, Gainesville, FL (April 14, 2014)

Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentencing, Tulane Law School, American Constitution Society, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA (April 8, 2014)

State Medical Marijuana Laws and the Federal Response, American Constitution Society, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA (March 26, 2014)

Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentencing, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, University of Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, CA (March 1, 2014)

Lessons Learned: Marijuana Legalization Roundtable Discussion, University of Denver School of Law, Denver, Colorado (February 10, 2014)

Overinclusiveness and Drug Possession , The Association of American Law Schools Annual Conference, New York, NY (January 5, 2014)

Overinclusiveness and Drug Possession, The Association of American Law Schools Annual Conference, New York, New York (January 5, 2014)

Drug Truce, American Constitution Society, University of La Verne College of Law, Ontario, California (November 5, 2013)

Debate with former Office of National Drug Control Policy Senior Advisor, Kevin A. Sabet , Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA (September 24, 2013)

A Discussion About the War on Drugs (dialogue with former Office of National Drug Control Policy Senior Advisor, Kevin A. Sabet), Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California (September 24, 2013)

Drug Truce, American Constitution Society, University of Maine School of Law, Portland, Maine (September 6, 2013)

Drug War Deserters, Alcohol and Drugs History Society Conference: Under Control?, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England (June 23, 2013)

Drug War Deserters, Alcohol and Drugs History Society Conference: Under Control?, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, England (June 23, 2013)

Drug Truce, Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts (May 30, 2013)

The Federal Response to State Marijuana Legalization: Room for Compromise? , University of Oregon Law Review Symposium, Eugene, OR (April 19, 2013)

The Federal Response to State Marijuana Legalization: Room for Compromise?, University of Oregon Law Review Symposium, University of Oregon , Eugene, Oregon (April 19, 2013)

American Constitution Society Convening of Scholars on Federalism, Preemption and State Marijuana Legalization, (participant and introductory remarks), Washington, D.C. (April 11, 2013)

Introductory Remarks, American Constitution Society Convening of Scholars on Marijuana Legalization and Federalism, Washington, D.C. (April 11, 2013)

Drug Truce, American Constitution Society , Columbia Law School, New York, New York (April 4, 2013)

What Happens When “Legalize It” Moves From Slogan to State Law? , American Constitution Society, NYU School of Law, New York, New York (April 4, 2013)

Drug War Deserters, San Diego World Affairs Council, San Diego, CA (March 21, 2013)

Foreign Policy and Drug Decriminalization, San Diego World Affairs Council , San Diego (March 21, 2013)

State Medical Marijuana Laws and the Federal Response, Substance Abuse Awareness Week, Alliant University, San Diego, CA (March 5, 2013)

Medical Marijuana: Legal Update CLE Presentation , Americans for Safe Access Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (February 22, 2013)

State Medical Marijuana Laws and the Federal Response, American Constitution Society, George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C (February 22, 2013)

What Happens When “Legalize It” Moves From Slogan to State Law?, The Association of American Law Schools Annual Conference, , New Orleans, Louisiana (January 5, 2013)

Drug War Deserters, International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law Conference, Washington, D.C. (October 25, 2012)

Drug War Deserters, International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law Conference, Washington, D.C. (October 25, 2012)

Why Rescheduling Marijuana Will Not Solve the Conflict Between State and Federal Law, American Constitution Society, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia (October 15, 2012)

State Medical Marijuana Laws and the Federal Response, American Constitution Society, Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA (October 8, 2012)

Drug Truce, American Constitution Society, Drexel University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (October 8, 2012)

Student Drug Testing and the Law: An Overview, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Annual Conference, Denver, CO (March 26, 2012)

State Medical Marijuana Laws and the Federal Response, American Constitution Society, University of Idaho College of Law, Moscow, ID (March 26, 2012)

Medical Marijuana Prosecutions Under the Obama Administration, American Constitution Society, University of Idaho College of Law, Moscow, Idaho (March 25, 2012)

State Medical Marijuana Laws and the Federal Response, Journal of Medicine and Law Symposium, Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, MI (February 24, 2012)

State Medical Marijuana Laws and the Federal Response (keynote address), Journal of Medicine and Law Symposium, Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, MI (February 24, 2012)

Drug Truce, American Constitution Society, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan (February 23, 2012)

Drug Truce, American Constitution Society, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI (February 23, 2012)

A Question of Integrity: Politics, Ethics, and the Supreme Court, California Common Cause, San Diego, CA (February 4, 2012)

Prosecutorial Ethics and Medical Marijuana Law, Denver Law Review Symposium on Marijuana at the Crossroads, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, CO (January 27, 2012)

Administrative Drug Courts, American Bar Association and American Association of Law Schools Reducing Reliance on Incarceration works-in-progress workshop , The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, Washington, D.C. (October 27, 2011)

Federal Drug Enforcement Grants and the “Corrections Free Lunch” , International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law 24th International Conference, Ottawa, Canada (August 11, 2011)

The Rule of Law and Coercive Drug Treatment: Reflections on Three Approaches, International Conference on Chinese Rule of Law, Guanghua Law School of Zhejiang University, China Rule of Law Research Institute, Hangzhou, China (May 27, 2011)

Drug Laws in Transition: Further Thoughts on Federal Drug Laws in an Age of State Reforms, David A. Clarke School of Law Symposium on the War on Drugs, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. (March 24, 2011)

Juggalos to Phish-heads: Managing Fanatical Music Consumers, SXSW 2011, Austin, TX (March 16, 2011)

A Crime Omitted: Why Are Drug Crimes Missing From The Law School Curriculum?, Southwest/West Junior Faculty Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (March 14, 2011)

War of Weeds: A Discussion of California’s Medical Marijuana Laws, War of Weeds: A Discussion of California’s Medical Marijuana Laws, South Asian Bar Association of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (April 13, 2011)

Lessons Learned: Marijuana Legalization Roundtable Discussion, University of Denver School of Law, Denver, CO (February 10, 2010)

A Crime Omitted: Why Are Drug Crimes Missing From The Law School Curriculum?, Society for American Law Teachers conference on Teaching in a Transformative Era , University of Hawaii Richard S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, HI (December 11, 2010)

Should California Legalize Marijuana?, Queen Bees Art and Cultural Center, San Diego, CA (October 25, 2010)

Should California Legalize Marijuana?, Association for Criminal Justice Research Fall Conference, Huntington Beach, CA (October 21, 2010)

Should California Legalize Marijuana?, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA (October 20, 2010)

The Legal Implications of Proposition 19, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA (October 16, 2010)

The Legal Implications of Proposition 19, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA (October 15, 2010)

Should California Legalize Marijuana?, University of San Diego Trans-Border, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA (October 14, 2010)

Should California Legalize Marijuana?, Association for Criminal Justice Research Fall Conference, Rotary Club of Escondido, Escondido, CA (October 12, 2010)

Drug Crimes and Wrongful Convictions, Texas Wesleyan Law Review Exoneration Symposium, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Fort Worth, TX (October 8, 2010)

The Legal Implications of Proposition 19, Voluntary Committee of Lawyers Forum, San Francisco, CA, August 6, 2010

The Controlled Substances Act After Forty Years, Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, May 29, 2010

Why Hasn't the Record Industry Sued Girl Talk, SXSW 2010, Austin, TX, March 18, 2010

The Secret Agenda of the Facial and As-Applied Challenges Doctrine, Southwest/West Junior Faculty Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, March 15, 2010

The Controlled Substances Act After Forty Years, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, February 24, 2010

Federalism Implications of Taxing and Regulating Marijuana in CA, University of CA Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, CA, February 22, 2010

Options for Reforming Federal Drug Laws: Moving Beyond the Legalization Debate, Chapman Law Review symposium on Drug War Madness: Policies, Borders, and Corruption, Orange, CA, January 29, 2010

Drug Policy and the Constitution, University of CA San Diego, San Diego, CA, January 12, 2010

Medical Marijuana: Patients' Rights and Access, 2009 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, Albuquerque, NM, November 12, 2009

The Economics of Addiction: Should States Consider Drug Decriminalization?, University of Chicago Legal Forum symposium on Crime, Criminal Law, and the Recession, Chicago, IL, October 24, 2009

Medical Marijuana Collectives in CA: Where Does the Law Stand?, Loyola Law American Civil Liberties Union, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, October 20, 2009

Regulating Medical Marijuana in San Diego, Rotary Club of San Diego January 27, 2010; American Constitution Society and San Diego Historical Society, San Diego, CA, September 24, 2009

The Nuts and Bolts of CA Medical Marijuana Laws, National Lawyers Guild of San Diego, CA Western School of Law, San Diego, CA, September 17, 2009

From Prohibition to Regulation: Perspectives on Marijuana Policy, American Constitution Society Sacramento Lawyers Chapter Panel Discussion, Sacramento, CA, August 25, 2009

Victims or Villains?: Young People and the War on Drugs in the United States, 5th International Conference on the History of Drugs and Alcohol: The Pathways to Prohibition, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, June 28, 2009

Young People, Race and the Rise of Modern Drug Prohibition, Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, May 28, 2009

Drug Testing, Drug-related Speech, and the Constitution, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Midwest Regional Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, April 5, 2009

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty is highly prolific in the field of legal scholarship and our professors are in demand as speakers and panelists at legal events in the U.S. and abroad.


Thomas Jefferson School of Law Center for Criminal Law and Policy Director Alex Kreit's Published Op-Ed in the San Diego Union Tribune

November 28, 2016

A decade ago, many people saw marijuana legalization as a fringe issue, not a serious policy question. This year, voters in four states passed...

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Center for Criminal Law and Policy Director Alex Kreit interviewed on Ban on Gun Sales to Marijuana Card

September 1, 2016

A federal ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court said Wednesday...

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Center for Criminal Law and Policy Director Alex Kreit interviewed on the DEA, Marijuana and Drug Class Restrictions.

August 18, 2016

The federal government has declined to downgrade marijuana’s classification as a dangerous drug with high potential for abuse and no medicinal...

Professor Alex Kreit interviewed by Cleveland's Sun News on Ohio Medical Marijuana law

June 30, 2016

When Ohio's medical marijuana law takes effect Sept. 8, people can possess and use the drug without going to jail. But the new law doesn't specify...

“Drug Czar” Speaks at TJSL

April 24, 2015

On Wednesday, March 25, TJSL was honored to host founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, Ethan Nadelmann, for a discussion...

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