This bill would institute mandatory minimum sentences for the possession of any mixture containing fentanyl at certain weights. Fentanyl is a potent drug that is commonly associated with the opioid epidemic. While it was originally introduced at 2-4 grams for possession with intent to distribute, which is a class B felony, the bill was amended in the Senate to lower the weights to .5-1 grams for possession with intent to distribute.
This bill would put additional strain on our already overburdened prisons, and not address the underlying problem of substance abuse. Incarceration is not a solution to addiction.
The bill passed the Senate with the amended weights and went to the Health committee. There was a public hearing on this bill on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 with speakers presenting on both sides. The House committee passed the bill on March 1, and passed the full House with additional amendments on March 22. It went back to the Senate, which after some continued debates and changes, was passed.