The California State Assembly recently voted on a bill that would alleviate the legal consequences of individuals caught with illicit substances.
Although, there is one caveat, the individual must be a recreational drug user, who is seeking medical intervention regarding an overdose of drugs.
Basically, the primary objective of the bill is to insure that individuals who would otherwise seek medical treatment to prevent an overdose of drugs, actually seek treatment, instead of being reluctant to seek treatment for fear of legal punishment.
The rationalization behind the bill, according to democratic assemblyman Tom Ammiano, is that it should not be a crime to be in possession of a nominal amount of illicit substances or under the influence of illicit substances if the individual is seeking medical treatment.
The bill also addresses underage drinking, stating that it is not a crime, particularly if the teenager or young adult is seeking treatment in similar circumstances mentioned above.
On Monday, August 27, the bill, authored by democratic assemblyman Tom Ammiano, of San Francisco, passed in the California State Assembly, 50 to 20.
In fact, according to the Associated Press, republicans in the state assembly, who otherwise would not condone drug use, stipulated to the bill because they want people seeking help to get the help they need, without fear of punishment, particularly teenagers.
Now that the bill has passed in the state assembly, it is en route to office of California Governor Jerry Brown.
Incidentally, New Mexico and Washington State have passed similar laws.
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