House Democrats Vote Against Bill To Classify Fentanyl As Schedule I Drug

  • The text of the legislation lays out certain exceptions for research purposes and the process in which fentanyl-related substances could be exempted from the list, which include by action of the U.S. Attorney General or if the substance is expressly listed under another schedule classification.
  • It is unclear how the legislation would impact current legitimate medical uses of FRS, although the text of the bill can still be easily modified.
  • Democrats’ primary opposition to the bill appears to be centered around increasing the mandatory minimum sentencing because Democrats see the issue as being more of a mental health issue than a criminal issue.
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