Gov. Taft Blasts Drug Initiative

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Monday, July 8, 2002 - 11:49 AM
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Governor Taft says a proposed drug initiative will hurt the state's war on drugs. Taft says the proposal to send first-time, nonviolent drug offenders to treatment instead of prison is flawed, full of loopholes and dangerous. He says it will create a revolving door of treatment where addicts can escape their responsibilities. Taft, his wife, Hope, Toledo mayor Jack Ford and other opponents of the initiative plan began their official campaign today to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment expected on the November ballot. Billionaires John Sperling, founder of the University of Phoenix; New York philanthropist George Soros and Ohio Insurance executive Peter Lewis have spent millions the last four years backing similar ballot initiatives.

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