Richard Cordray on Drugs
Make low-level drug use a misdemeanor; treatment not prison
Gov. John Kasich said he is leaning toward supporting a ballot issue to prevent many low-level drug use and possession offenders from being sent to state prisons. Kasich signaled his potential support for Issue 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot, a constitutional
amendment that would convert low-level drug use and possession felonies to first-degree misdemeanors that would divert offenders out of prison to addiction treatment. It also could lead to the release of those now imprisoned in state facilities for
minor drug offenses.
"It's important for low-level offenders to not be in the prison system," the second-term Republican governor said,
adding he wants to study the issue further. It is opposed by Attorney General Mike DeWine, the Republican candidate for governor, and supported by his opponent, Democrat Richard Cordray.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race
, Aug 1, 2018
We cannot arrest our way out of opioid crisis: tackle causes
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray faulted Republicans for doing too little to fight the opioid crisis and said he would immediately declare a state emergency and begin to better fund social services to address the problem at
its roots. "As governor, I'll bring urgency and badly-needed resources to this fight, and will partner closely with local leaders to stop this plague from causing even more damage." Cordray said Ohio cannot "arrest our way out" of the problem.
Source: NBC 4i WCMH-TV on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race
, Mar 26, 2018
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