Once again, outside big money is trying to buy Ohio voters with another drug deal. Now these out-of-state crazies want to allow for reducing drug penalties to those who are selling on our streets and in our neighborhoods. Didn’t we tell them a couple of years ago that Ohio doesn’t want to be known as a drug-induced state?
Issue 1 is insane … and here is why:
We in Ohio, especially in our Dayton region, know far too well the ravaging effects of the opioid crisis including and especially the unfettered use of fentanyl. We don’t need more of the same on our streets.
Right now, we have business organizations, like our chamber of commerce, all over the state of Ohio coming out against Issue 1. Not only does the vast majority of our law enforcement leaders around Ohio say no to Issue 1; but now your local and statewide governments are also standing up against Issue 1 and the drug wackos. They understand that the cost of enforcement and the costs associated with reducing the consequences, both intentional and unintentional, will have severe impacts on our services and tax dollars. They, too, are clearly saying “No” to Issue 1.
Our chamber has always stood for good government and we believe that the continued use of our Ohio Constitution as a method of allowing the drug proponents to have an open playground is not in our best interest. At a recent October 2 press conference, we collaborated with area employers and law enforcement to denounce Issue 1. Mat Heck, Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney, said it so well when he said “Issue 1 will handcuff our ability to reduce opioids and fentanyl off our streets.”
You may have also seen where we invited Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor to speak to our community this past Thursday, October 28 and she was clear in her position that Issue 1 would make the possession of powdered fentanyl in amounts less than 20 grams a misdemeanor with only probation as the consequence. This means that drug offenders and dealers, caught with 19 grams of fentanyl … enough to kill 10,000 people … would easily continue their devastation of our communities. She, like me, feels allowing this to happen in and to Ohioans is unconscionable.
This does not belong in our Ohio Constitution, let alone the negative impacts it will have on our citizens, employers and state. I hope you will see how incredibly stupid these outsiders are to try to force this on us. A “no” vote against Issue 1 on November 6 is our most rational and logical vote if we are to protect Ohio.
Thank you for protecting Ohio and your neighbors.
Phillip L. Parker, CAE, CCE
President and CEO
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
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