Monday, October 22, 2018
MARTINS FERRY — Issue 1 is not just a penal code change for Ohio; instead it is a proposed constitutional amendment that will appear on Ohio’s ballot on Nov. 6.
Issue 1, titled “The Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment,” was designed to reduce the number of people in state prisons for low-level, nonviolent crimes, such as drug possession and non-criminal probation violations, according to the Ohio Safe and Healthy Communities Campaign. If passed the initiative would make the possession, obtainment and use of illegal substances to no more than a misdemeanor. Sentences for those crimes could not exceed probation for a first or second offense.