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 is now in the Health committee. There was a public hearing on this bill on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 with speakers presenting on both sides.
Alabama bill on fentanyl trafficking sparks opposing views (Montgomery Advertiser)