By Elinor Smith
UM Legislative News Service UM School of Journalism 

Bill would raise penalties for fentanyl distribution


A bill introduced to the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday would raise the penalties for fentanyl distribution in Montana to anywhere from two to 40 years in prison, and a $50,000 fine or both.

Rep. Courtenay Sprunger, R-Kalispell, is the sponsor of the House Bill 791 and said it is designed to punish those distributing fentanyl across the state, not those struggling with substance abuse issues.

“I think it's pretty safe to say that we have an issue and it's not just affecting those who choose to use fentanyl. The magnitude of this drug hit me last spring when I learned that our law enfo...

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