DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado State Senate will take up a sweeping fentanyl bill on Tuesday after it passed out of the House of Representatives on Monday. The bill passed 43-22.
Four Democrats voted against it saying the bill went too far. All but five Republicans voted against it saying it did not go far enough.
The bill makes it a felony to sell any amount of fentanyl. Anyone caught with 10-40 pills which are laced with fentanyl, or one to four grams of powder which has trace amounts of fentanyl, could be charged with a felony if they knew about the presence of fentanyl.
If the person completed drug treatment, the charge would be dropped to a misdemeanor and the record would be sealed.
The bill also requires mandatory prison time for anyone who sells fentanyl resulting in someone’s death.
The bill will be heard in the Senate judiciary committee on Tuesday.