Ohio Issue 1, Marijuana Treatment in Lieu of Incarceration (2002)
|Ohio Issue 1 (2002)|
Text of measure
The language appeared on the ballot as:
(Proposed by Initiative Petition)
To adopt Section 24 of Article IV of the Constitution of the State of Ohio
In order to provide for persons charged with or convicted of illegal possession or use of a drug, in certain circumstances, to choose treatment instead of incarceration, to require the state to spend two hundred forty-seven million dollars ($247,000,000) over seven (7) fiscal years to pay for the drug treatment programs, to allow the applicable records of offenders who complete treatment instead of incarceration for illegal drug use and possession to be sealed and kept confidential for most purposes, and to limit the maximum sentence to ninety (90) days incarceration that eligible first-time, second-time, and certain repeat illegal drug possession or use offenders could serve, this amendment would:
If adopted, provisions of this amendment related to funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2003 will be effective immediately; otherwise this amendment will be effective July 1, 2003, and will apply to all qualifying charges, convictions and criminal sentences pending before the court from that day forward.
SHALL THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT BE ADOPTED? 
The following reasons were given in support of Issue 1 by the Ohio Campaign for New Drug Policies:
Issue 1 requires drug treatment, not jail time, for first- and second-time, nonviolent drug users. It excludes offenders caught dealing drugs or with a violent criminal history.
The war on drugs has failed. We need new drug laws that focus on curting addiction while cracking down on drug dealers.
Under Issue 1, treatment is not a free ride:
Too many young people have had their lives ruined by drug convictions, when what they really needed was help. Today in Ohio, THREE OUT OF FOUR people caught with small amounts of drugs end up in prison or jail. In jail, their addictions just get worse. Besides treatment, Issue 1 allows judges to order job training, literacy training and family counseling to give people the chance to become productive, taxpaying citizens again.
Opponents claim Issue 1 legalizes drug use. That’s wrong. Under Issue 1, drug possession is still a felony. Treatment begins after arrest, and failure means jail time.
Opponents also say we can’t afford Issue 1. But that’s silly. Issue 1 will save Ohio taxpayers millions each year!
The annual cost of treatment averages $3,500, while a prison inmate costs $23,000. Issue 1 requires the state to invest $38 million annually in treatment for six years. Ohio will save between $300 million and $450 million overall.
Don’t believe the prosecutors, politicians and judges who are trying to cover up their own failure to fix the war on drugs. We have tried their way and it just doesn’t work. It’s time for a new way.
The Ohio Drug Treatment Initiative will save lives and save money.
Vote YES on Issue 1. 
The following reasons were given in opposition of Issue 1 by the Committee to Prepare Argument Against Issue 1:
State Issue 1 is unsafe and full of loopholes. It ignores Ohio’s current system of treatment and justice for drug offenders.
Vote No on State Issue 1 because:
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- Ohio ballot measures and election results
- A History of Statewide Issue Votes in Ohio
- Ohio 2002 ballot measure voter's guide
- Ohio Secretary of State, "2002 Official Election Results," accessed July 29, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "A History of Statewide Issue Votes in Ohio," accessed July 29, 2013
- Ohio Issues Report, "State Issues Ballot Information for the November 5, 2002 General Election," accessed July 29, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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