Another voice for Ohio families has come out against the “Issue 1” ballot initiative that would set in motion a long-held goal of the left, that of decriminalizing the drug culture.
Citizens for Community Values said in a statement it “strongly opposes Issue 1,” the proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution that would “mandate that criminal offenses of obtaining, possessing, or using [certain amounts of] any drug such as fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, and other controlled substances cannot be classified as a felony, but only a misdemeanor.”
Ohio families have been devastated by the opioid epidemic. Only West Virginia has had more opioid-related deaths.
In a statement, CCV said.
Enacting Issue 1 would be like pouring gasoline on a fire ripping across our state. By making the penalties for possessing large amounts of lethal drugs the same as a traffic violation, Ohio is setting itself up for more lost lives and more broken homes.”
“After researching the many facets of Issue 1, and working with Christian-based drug addiction centers throughout Ohio, it is clear that this constitutional amendment would do more harm than good.”
It is also clear, the group believes, that Ohio does need to re-examine sentencing reform.
“Many in the African-American community especially feel underserved and ignored on this topic.”
“CCV looks forward to being a part of a robust discussion on how Ohio public policy can do more to keep families intact, break cycles of addiction, and keep our communities safe. What must be clear, however, is that this discussion cannot happen if Issue 1 is enacted. As a Constitutional Amendment, Issue 1 ends all discussion on the topic in favor of allowing more drugs on our streets.
“We encourage all Ohioans to vote NO on Issue 1, and join us in working together to end the opioid crisis.”
Democrat candidate for governor Richard Cordray supports Issue 1. Republican for governor Mike DeWine opposes it.
Read the ballot language for Issue 1 here.
See The Ohio Star’s list of legal experts, including Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, who have warned that if Issue 1 is passed the state will become a mecca for the drug cartel.
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Anthony Accardi is a writer and reporter for The Ohio Star.