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Watch live: City Club forum on Issue 1, which would reduce penalties for drug possession

October 8, 2018

Watch live: City Club forum on Issue 1, which would reduce penalties for drug possession

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A City Club panel will discuss the pros and cons of Issue 1, a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution that could reduce sentences for some people convicted of drug crimes if they participate in treatment.

Prominent Ohio Republicans oppose it, while many Democrats support it.

Hear all about Issue 1 by coming here for a live-streamed City Club presentation from noon to 1:30 p.m. today. The panelists are Judge David T. Matia of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and Stephen JohnsonGrove, deputy director for policy at the Ohio Justice & Policy Center. 

Rick Jackson, senior host/producer at ideastream, will be the moderator.

According to the City Club of Cleveland website, the statewide measure would:

No longer classify possession of drugs, including fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and LSD, as a felony, but only as a misdemeanor, and allow those convicted of such felonies prior to the change in law to seek a reduction in conviction from the court.

Steer more money to rehabilitation programs and victim’s funds.

Subject those who commit minor, non-criminal probation violations to “a graduated series of responses, such as community service, drug treatment, or jail time.”

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