Bill Summary for S 375 (2019-2020)

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Apr 11 2019

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
Senate Bill 375 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 27, 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 Brown, Bishop.

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Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.

Modifies and adds to proposed GS 14-18.4. Modifies the elements of the crime created for death by distribution of certain controlled substances to require that the person unlawfully sells and delivers, rather than distributes, at least one certain controlled substance to the victim which was a proximate cause of the victim's death. Makes identical changes to the elements of the crime created for aggravated death by distribution of certain controlled substances. Makes further technical changes. Adds that the statute does not restrict or interfere with the rights and immunities provided under GS 90-96.2 (concerning drug-overdose victims and samaritans). Also now specifies that 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 is not unlawful distribution. 

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