Please call Governor Northam today and ask him to veto HB2528!
HB2528 will send a person to jail for felony homicide if the person manufactures, sells, gifts, or distributes a controlled substance and the recipient dies as a result.
Drug dealers who manufacture and sell drugs for profit at the detriment of others should go to jail for causing deaths. The problem with HB2528 are the words “gifts and distributes.” The way this bill is worded, if two buddies, both addicted to drugs, are out and about and one hands the other drugs and he or she dies, the friend who passed the drugs could go to jail for felony manslaughter even though there was no intent to kill! This further punishes the person who has an addiction! HB2528 treats the disease of addiction as a crime opposed to a treatable medical disorder. Call Governor Northam today and ask him to veto HB2528, the felony homicide for certain drug offenses bill.
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