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Alex Kreit

Alex Kreit
Director, Center on Addiction Law & Policy
Assistant Professor of Law




Professor Alex Kreit is director of the Chase Center on Addiction Law and Policy and a leading expert in the field of illegal drug and cannabis law. He is author of the casebooks Criminal Law in Focus (Aspen, 2021) and Illegal Drug and Marijuana Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2019), and co-author of the casebook Marijuana Law and Policy (Carolina Academic Press, 2020, with Douglas A. Berman) and the annually updated reference book Drug Abuse and the Law Sourcebook (Thomson Reuters, with Gerald F. Uelmen). He has written more than twenty law review articles and essays, published in journals including the Arizona State Law Journal, the Boston University Law Review, and the Ohio State Law Journal.

Professor Kreit is frequently quoted in the media on drug policy and marijuana law issues, having appeared in news outlets including CNN Headline News, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, NPR, Wall Street Journal and WIRED. In 2019, the National Law Journal selected him for its list of Trailblazers in Cannabis Law.

Before entering academia, Professor Kreit clerked for Judge M. Blane Michael of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, at Richmond, Virginia, and worked as an associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. He then joined the faculty of Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. He has taught in law school study-abroad programs in Hangzhou, China, and Nice, France, and as a visiting faculty member at Boston College Law School and the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, in affiliation with the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center. He joined the Chase faculty in 2020. He continues to practice law as a member of the Appellate Defenders Inc. panel, representing indigent defendants in California state criminal appeals by court appointment.  

Professor Kreit is actively involved in the community. He is a volunteer coach for his son’s youth soccer team, and served as a member of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Kentucky Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee in 2022. While living in San Diego, he was a member of the City of San Diego Ethics Commission and chair of the City of San Diego Medical Marijuana Task Force.

Professor Kreit holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College.