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Election 2018: Views on Issue 1

Issue 1 would change how Ohio punishes drug offenders.
Issue 1 would change how Ohio punishes drug offenders.

In November, Ohioans will decide whether or not to amend the state constitution with a provision that addresses how the state handles drug offenders. Issue 1, which is titled To Reduce Penalties for Crimes of Obtaining, Possessing, and Using Illegal Drugs, would add a new Section 12 to Article XV of the Constitution of the State of Ohio. The official language of the proposal is here:


The League of Women Voters offers a summary of the pros and cons of Issue 1.

Here are links to the stories WKSU has published regarding views on Issue 1:

Issue 1 Supporters and Opponents Make Their Case

Issue 1 supporters prefer treatment over prison time, but opponents say it will weaken prosecutors

Gubernatorial candidates raise the profile of Issue 1

Backers of Ohio Issue 1 are concerned with the wording that will appear on the ballot

Ohio state bar association speaks out against Issue 1

Ohio Supreme Court chief justice worries Issue 1 will take away the power of drug courts

Issue 1 supporter disputes chief justice's drug court concerns

Former Ohio Supreme Court justice: Issue 1 is a horrible idea

Substance abuse surivor opposes Issue 1, says drug court saved her life

Buckeye Institute voices Issue 1 concerns

Ohio Budget Office Says Issue 1 Will Cost Local Communities


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