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Ohio voters to decide on possibility of reducing penalties for non-violent drug offenders


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

by abc22now.com

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT)

Issue 1 will be one on the November ballot. That means Ohioans will vote on whether to reduce penalties for non-violent drug offenders.

Addiction is hard to overcome, but some parents say full recovery can be just as difficult.

“It’s hard for him to move forward and start a new life,” said a Dayton area mother who wished to remain anonymous. "I have a son who has been through that and he has to deal with the rhetoric of his past."

The past is the focus of Issue 1. The law would reduce penalties for non-violent drug offenders.

The proposal would make possessing or using drugs, such as cocaine or heroin, a misdemeanor offense.

Right now possession of illegal drugs is considered a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the type and amount of the drug.

“To reduce the felonies to a misdemeanor would be a huge deal,” said Families of Addicts Founder, Lorie Erion.

She said felonies can be a roadblock on the path to recovery.