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Hagan To Support Proposed Drug Initiative

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Tim Hagan, the Democratic candidate for governor, said that he supports a proposal to change Ohio's drug laws to focus more on treatment.

Issue One would require judges to order drug treatment instead of jail for first- and second-time nonviolent offenders who request it.

Hagan (pictured, right) said that treatment is less expensive than incarceration. He also said that the proposal would help expand Ohio's drug courts to all parts of the state.

Incumbent Gov. Bob Taft, a Republican seeking his second four-year term, is opposed to Issue One, saying that it would hamper the state's efforts to fight drug abuse.

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