In 2018, a man was fined for possession of drugs after he called the emergency services when his friend died of an overdose. The case was later dropped, newspaper VG writes.
“When the police showed up, I said that there were some pills in the pocket of my jacket,” the man told the newspaper.
The fine amounted to NOK 2,000. The case was dropped after lawyer Dagfinn Hessen Paust contacted the police.
The police now say that no fines will be issued in such cases.
“It could have undesirable effects. People could avoid notifying the emergency services of more serious matters,” Beate Brinch Sand, head of the joint unit for prosecution in the Oslo Police District, said.
The Norwegian parliament (Storting) will eventually decide whether the government’s proposal for drug reform will be adopted.
The proposal was presented on February 19 and is largely based on the Drug Reform Committee’s proposal that drugs should continue to be illegal but that small quantities for personal use should no longer be punishable.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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