Mike DeWine on Drugs
Former Republican Sr Senator (OH, 1995-2007)
Keep low-level drug use a felony instead of a misdemeanor
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
Age-appropriate discussions in Kindergarten thru 12th grade
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine outlined proposals to restrict opioid abuse statewide. DeWine spoke with area law enforcement officials during a meeting of the Metro Toledo Criminal Justice Administrators in Oregon.
He reiterated his support for their agencies and encouraged ideas for curtailing heroin use.
Accidental overdoses killed an average of eight people each day last year in Ohio.
That total appears to still be climbing, he said. "I don't know that we've hit the bottom yet," he said.
It is encouraging, he added, that many now acknowledge this problem and are working toward a solution.
DeWine suggested expanding the school curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade with age-appropriate discussions on drugs. Reaching so many youth from an early stage is common sense, he said.
Source: Toledo Blade on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race
, Jan 28, 2017
Voted YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses.
Vote to increase penalties on certain drug-related crimes. The amendment would specifically target the manufacturing or trafficking of amphetamines & methamphetamines and possession of powder cocaine, and set stronger penalties for dealing drugs
; vote number 1999-360
on Nov 10, 1999
Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control.
Vote to add an additional $53 million (raising the total to $213 million) to international narcotics control funding, and pay for it by taking $25 million from international operations funding and $28 million from development assistance.
Bill HR 3540
; vote number 1996-244
on Jul 25, 1996
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