Why Does Issue 1 — the Statewide Ballot Measure to Reduce Drug Penalties — Have to be a Constitutional Amendment?

Much of the swollen consternation over Issue 1, the statewide ballot measure that would reduce penalties for drug offenses, concerns the fact that it's a proposed constitutional amendment."Amending the Ohio Constitution to recast this state's drug laws is like using a chainsaw for surgery," wrote the Plain Dealer editorial board in its proudly anti-democratic opposition editorial last month. "It's anything but precise.…

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