Battle Line Issue 10: NO on Issue 1

Issue 1, the constitutional amendment bankrolled by out-of-state billionaires like George Soros, would prove to be a raw deal for Ohioans should it pass this November.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has said that Issue 1’s provisions would leave Ohio with “some of the most lenient drug crime laws in the nation.” It would also hogtie judges and legislators when it comes to handling these issues moving forward.

As Ohio continues to grapple with the tragic effects of lethal drugs like fentanyl and heroin, approval of Issue 1 would be a step backwards in the ongoing effort to help the addicted find the treatment they need.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine has taken a firm stance in opposition, which, as Toledo Blade columnist Tom Troy writes, puts him “on the side of most of the judges, prosecutors, sheriffs, and chiefs of police, and even the Ohio Bar Association.”

State Representative and candidate for State Treasurer Robert Sprague has been on the front lines of curbing drug abuse for the past eight years. Issue 1, he says, “gives up Ohio’s fight against heroin addiction.”

Finally, even if, with further review, some of the provisions contained in the constitutional amendment do possess some merit, they should be addressed separately and comprehensively over time – not rushed through in one gigantic ballot measure. As Governor Kasich’s office rightly said last week, “These complex issues deserve a full discussion in the Ohio General Assembly.”

Ohioans should vote NO on Issue 1.

Click here to see Battle Line Issue 10.