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Auglaize County officials take stance against State Issue 1

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The county prosecutor, sheriff, and the police chiefs in Auglaize County gathered this morning on the steps of the courthouse to urge voters to say no on the November ballot. The county prosecutor, sheriff, and the police chiefs in Auglaize County gathered this morning on the steps of the courthouse to urge voters to say no on the November ballot.
The proposed state issue would change the Ohio Constitution to reduce the severity of drug possession, changing some charges to misdemeanors. The proposed state issue would change the Ohio Constitution to reduce the severity of drug possession, changing some charges to misdemeanors.

Auglaize County officials are taking a stance against State Issue 1.

The county prosecutor, sheriff, and the police chiefs in Auglaize County gathered this morning on the steps of the courthouse to urge voters to say no on the November ballot. The proposed state issue would change the Ohio Constitution to reduce the severity of drug possession, changing some charges to misdemeanors.

It would also require the state to spend savings from not locking up drug offenders on rehabilitation programs.  But the Auglaize County officials say the proposal is poorly drafted and reducing the charge for deadly drugs like Fentanyl could be dangerous for the state. 

"This issue is not a safety issue for Ohioans on the way the proponents say it is, actually it exactly the opposite. Issue 1 doesn’t make Ohio safe. Issue 1 makes our citizens in more danger than we are now,” explained Ed Pierce, Auglaize County Prosecutor.

Pierce says that if the state issue passes, it would severely limit the court's ability to convict individuals who violate their probation on a drug offense.

You can read more about State Issue 1 here.

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