SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Recreational drug users seeking medical help would get a reprieve from legal repercussions if a bill heading to the governor's desk becomes law.
AB472, by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, stipulates that it is not a crime to be high or in possession of small amounts of illegal drugs when seeking medical assistance for a drug overdose. The bill also carves out a legal exception for underage drinkers.
The bill passed the state Assembly 50-20 Monday. Several Republicans who supported the bill said they condemn drug use but want people in trouble, especially teens, to seek help.
Ammiano, of San Francisco, says he wrote the legislation because he'd rather have his child around to yell at than have to attend his funeral. Washington and New Mexico have similar laws.
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