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NM State Good Samaritan Law (§ 30-31-27.1 - 2007)

January 1, 2007

This is the text of New Mexico's Good Samaritan law.

DC Bill 19-754: Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Amendment Act of 2012

This is the text of the District of Columbia's Good Samaritan law.

Law Atlas map of states with Good Samaritan laws

This in an online interactive resource for visualizing the states with Good Samaritan laws.

Colorado Amendment 64

November 6, 2012

This is the law that was passed by the voters in Colorado legalizing and regulating marijuana.

Washington I-502

November 6, 2012

This is the law that was passed by the voters in Washington State legalizing and regulating marijuana.

Brief of Amici Curiae in support of Appellant, Cameron Douglas

May 21, 2012

Cameron Douglas, the son of famed actor Michael Douglas, was sentenced in 2010 to five years behind bars for participating in drug distribution. Despite his long-time problem with drug addiction, Cameron was not given any drug treatment in prison. While behind bars, Mr. Douglas relapsed on drugs. He was caught with very small amounts of opioids for personal use, and as a result, the judge added another four-and-a-half years to his sentence. This may be the longest-ever federal prison sentence imposed for the simple possession drugs for personal use behind bars.

Brief of Amici Curiae in support of Appellees, Barrett, IV et al.

May 17, 2012

The case Barrett v. Claycomb challenges a Missouri public college’s policy of requiring mandatory, suspicionless drug testing of all newly enrolled students (and those returning after a period of absence) as a condition of continued enrollment in the college at the student’s own expense. The college implemented such a policy despite the fact that it has had no documented drug problems over the course of its 50-year history and no reason to suspect that the students subject to testing have been engaged in the abuse of illegal drugs.

Brief of Amici Curiae in Support of Petition of Amanda Kimbrough

March 13, 2012

Alabama’s 2006 chemical endangerment law was passed to deter people from bringing children to places where controlled substances are manufactured, such as methamphetamine laboratories. The statute makes no mention of pregnancy, pregnant women, or unborn children.  That has not stopped prosecutors in Alabama from arresting and prosecuting over 60 Alabama mothers under this law for continuing their pregnancies to term in spite of a drug problem.

Brief of Amici Curiae in Support of Petition of Hope Ankrom

March 13, 2012

Alabama’s 2006 chemical endangerment law was passed to deter people from bringing children to places where controlled substances are manufactured, such as methamphetamine laboratories. The statute makes no mention of pregnancy, pregnant women, or unborn children.  That has not stopped prosecutors in Alabama from arresting and prosecuting over 60 Alabama mothers under this law for continuing their pregnancies to term in spite of a drug problem.

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