SACRAMENTO – The California State Sheriffs’ Association addressed a letter to the author of Assembly Bill 186 addressing its concerns while stating that the proposal “sends entirely the wrong message regarding drug use.” AB 186 would create government-sanctioned shooting galleries where addicts could inject their heroin and fentanyl in a controlled environment, even though such activity is a clear violation of federal law.
“AB 186 would exempt specified persons from criminal liability …”
“Controlled substances … pose significant danger to those who consume them and their communities.”
“… this bill effectively permits government-sanctioned drug dens …”
“This sends the wrong message regarding drug use and likely creates civil liability issues for participating governments and officials.”
“While criminal liability might be off the table, it would only be a matter of time before a participating agency is sued when a drug user overdoses or an innocent person is killed …”