Bill Summary for H 474 (2019-2020)

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May 6 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 474 (Public) Filed Tuesday, March 26, 2019
AN ACT TO CREATE THE OFFENSES OF DEATH BY DISTRIBUTION OF CERTAIN CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES AND AGGRAVATED DEATH BY DISTRIBUTION OF CERTAIN CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.
Intro. by Arp, D. Hall, C. Smith, Faircloth.

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House amendment #1 makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

Amends proposed GS 14-18.4 as follows. Amends the requirements to be met for a person to be guilty of death by distribution of certain controlled substances to require that the person unlawfully sells or delivers as part of the sale (was, sells or delivers) at least one certain controlled substance to the victim that is ingested by the user and is the actual and proximate cause of the user's death. Makes the same changes to the elements of aggravated death by distribution of certain controlled substances. Specifies that the statute does not apply to (1) issuing a valid prescription for a controlled substance for a legitimate medical purpose by an individual practitioner acting in the usual course of professional practice (previously did not specify individual practitioner) or (2) dispensing, delivering, or administering a controlled substance pursuant to a prescription, by a permitted pharmacist, a pharmacist, or an individual practitioner (previously limited to a pharmacist dispensing and delivering a valid prescription of a controlled substance in the usual course of professional practice).

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