Not seeing this great catch by “a public defender” blog happening in the US. (Sorry, Gideon, but it was even confusing me not to put you in quotation marks.)
Here’s a reason for the legalization folks: lawsuits! A woman in Canada successfully sued her drug dealer for giving her bad crystal meth that landed her in a coma.
“It was frustrating not having anything done through the criminal system,” said Sandy Bergen, 23, who has been drug- and alcohol-free since the 2004 incident. “Financially, I’m not really going to gain from it. But it’s a way of holding him responsible.”
Bergen and her parents launched the negligence suit against Clinton Davey in 2005, asking for more than $50,000 in medical costs and other damages. Bergen had a heart attack during the overdose and spent 11 days in a coma.
A Court of Queen’s Bench judge agreed to strike Davey’s statement of defence in the case, which essentially finds him legally responsible.
[While you’re there, catch the wonderfully snarky critique of the latest corr sent policy proposals in CT.]