Make no mistake, illegal fentanyl is illegal in California. Dealers can serve years in prison or jail if convicted of dealing illegal fentanyl. More than that, individuals are being charged and convicted with murder for dealing in illegal fentanyl, leading to someone's death.
Assembly Democrats are not standing idly by. We are tackling the fentanyl crisis with strong public safety protections and robust public health measures. We are mindful of the generational social and economic damage done to Black and Brown communities by relying singularly on the criminal justice system to address a public health crisis while enacting new laws, investing more money and resources, and mobilizing law enforcement efforts to protect Californians from illegal fentanyl.