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Bill would give break to 'Good Samaritan' drug offenders

  1. RoboCodeine7610
    A person posessing or under the influence of illicit drugs, but who helps ensure an individual suffering from a drug overdose gets medical help, wouldn't face any prosecution under a legislative bill.

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    A person possessing or under the influence of illicit drugs, but who helps ensure an individual suffering from a drug overdose gets medical help, wouldn't face any prosecution under a legislative measure.

    The "Mississippi Medical Emergency Good Samaritan Act" has passed the Senate and has been passed in the House Judiciary B Committee. It is awaiting full House action.

    State Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, who authored the bill, said the Mississippi Prosecution Association supports it.

    Senate Bill 2780 says any person who in good faith seeks medical assistance for someone who is experiencing a drug overdose shall not be arrested, charged, or prosecuted for a drug violation if there is evidence the person is under the influence of a controlled substance or in possession of a controlled substance.

    It also says the person who is experiencing a drug overdose and, in good faith, seeks medical assistance or is the subject of a request for medical assistance shall not be arrested, charged, or prosecuted for a drug violation if there is evidence the person is under the influence of a controlled substance or in possession of a controlled substance.

    The person also wouldn't be subject to penalties for a violation of a permanent or temporary protective order or restraining order; sanctions for a violation of a condition of pretrial release, condition of probation, or condition of parole based on a drug violation; or forfeiture of property for a drug violation, with the exception of illegal drug.

    "This would allow someone to take you to the hospital or seek emergency assistance without fear of prosecution," said House Judiciary B Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton. "I think it's a good bill."

    But some senators have raised concerns about the bill, including Rep. Kenny Wayne Jones, D-Canton, who wondered what would happen if authorities were called and found a pound of cocaine.

    A person with a pound of cocaine would be considered a drug trafficker and the proposed law wouldn't be applicable, bill supporters said. The bill would apply to those with four grams or less of cocaine or 30 grams or less of marijuana.

    If the bill passes, it would take effect July 1.

    Jimmie E. Gates, The Clarion-Ledger
    March 7, 2015

    http://www.clarionledger.com/story/...break-good-samaritan-drug-offenders/24592111/

Comments

  1. DZLWZL88
    Once upon a time, I was at my apartment with my ex and a mutual friend of ours.
    We had been up many days, and we had quite a bit of grit on the table, and multiple pipes and discarded rigs in various places around the small 1 bedroom apartment. (This was a particularly dirty/uncaring phase of my life, I'm really careful with my used sharps these days.)

    Anyways, the ex and I had decided to have a little nap, before the dope ran out so waking up wouldn't be as painful.

    Our friend stayed awake and got really spun repeatedly texting/calling his ex who had just ended her relationship with him. He was getting really emotional I guess and made numerous threats to hurt/kill himself, his sad attempt at trying to get her attention etc. All of this was completely unbeknownst to us at the time.

    Anways, I wake up to loud banging and shouting on the apartment door. At first I was still reallllllyy out of it and confused but my ex was a little more alert than me and woke up a bit earlier too, anyways shes telling me its clearly cops outside n they're demanding to get in to ensure this fellows safety. Of course buddys ex called them, and she also told them that my place was more or less a shooting gallery.. So they're outside n when I tell them the guy is alive and tell them i'm apprehensive to let them in due to fears of incriminating myself and my ex, they were really polite and gave me their word that they didn't care what else we had in the place and had zero interest in giving us any hassle. . So I let them in, they talked real calmly to the guy, got him to go with them, talked to us a bit in plain view of our drugs/paraphenalia, and just asked us about our friends mental state etc.. eventually left without incident and urged us to be safe etc..

    When someone elses welfare is in jeopardy, I think that should take priority over hassling some low-level users.. I'm sure if I had firearms laying out in the open or something else that could be viewed as a 'threat to public safety' it would have been a different story however. . .

    I'm in Canada so things are more relaxed here but I think this is a step a healthy direction..

    I personally wouldn't believe the thing about not getting charged for a breach of parole conditions if I called 911 and told them I was going into a psychosis or an over-amp state and requested medical assistance.. i'd be wearin bracelets for sure
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