A proposal on the ballot in November is asking voters about illegal drug policy enforcement in Ohio.
State voters will decide whether to reduce drug possession crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.
This controversial ballot initiative is gaining major opposition from law enforcement, judges, and other leaders in Jefferson County. They, like leaders in Belmont County, want residents to know the impact Issue 1 could have on the community.
Supporters say Issue 1 would start directing resources to help rehabilitate addicts and low-level offenders instead of keeping them in jail.
But these officials in Jefferson County say a ‘yes’ vote would make things worse in the opioid epidemic — and that the current laws are fine as is.
If it passes, those convicted of low-level drug possession could appeal to expunge those crimes from their records.
Opponents say this has the potential to produce more repeat offenders.