Political Notes: Whelan Seeks to Regulate Carfentanil

A Cape Cod Times article written on May 23rd discusses legislation to add carfentanil to the state’s controlled substances and drug trafficking laws.

Political Notes: Whelan Seeks to Regulate Carfentanil

Cape Cod Times

Geoff Spillane

May 23, 2017

BOSTON — State Reps. Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster, and Paul Tucker, D-Salem, have filed legislation to add carfentanil to the state’s controlled substances and drug trafficking laws.

Carfentanil, which is used to tranquilize large animals such as elephants, is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than morphine. It already has been found on the streets of New Hampshire and Rhode Island, according to a statement from Whelan’s office.

The proposed act, which has yet to be assigned to a committee, would classify carfentanil and its derivatives as a class A controlled substance, with 5 or more grams being subject to the criminal drug trafficking statute and punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Whelan and Tucker also teamed in 2015 to co-sponsor legislation to add fentanyl, another potent synthetic opioid, to the list of class B drugs subject to prosecution under the state’s narcotics trafficking laws.

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Although voters in eight Cape towns went to the polls last week, there still remains one town that has yet to cast ballots for local elected offices this year, and it’s a biggie.

Barnstable, the Cape’s largest municipality, holds its elections in the fall. This year, six Town Council seats in even numbered precincts will be up for grabs. Representatives on the 13-member town council serve four-year terms.

In addition, Barnstable voters will be electing a town clerk, two School Committee members and two Housing Authority representatives — all for four-year terms.

Nomination papers for all offices will be available from June 13 to July 18 and must be submitted to the registrar of voters for certification by July 25.

Preliminary elections in any precinct where more than two candidates are running for councilor, or townwide if there are more than two candidate competing for other offices, will be held Sept. 19.

The general election will be held Nov. 7.

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Former Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh will offer a “master class” tonight in Centerville on grass-roots activism and campaigning at the local level.

The free “Let’s Get Local” program is sponsored by Cape & Islands Stronger Together and will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Centerville Recreation Building. On-site assistance is available for those interested in learning which open committee and board seats in towns where they live could be a good match with their skills and experience.

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As the Cape and Islands gear up for the summer season, here’s what some local elected officials were tweeting about last week.

State Rep. Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster (@TRWhelan), on May 20:

“Today is Armed Forces Day. Please offer thanks & respect to the brave women and men serving in our nation’s defense.”

State Rep. Dylan Fernandes, D-Woods Hole (@RepDylan), on May 17:

“Joining advocates from the C&I in the fight for women’s rights. Every woman should have access to safe & affordable reproductive health care.”

State Rep. William Crocker, R-Centerville (@WillCrockerJr), on May 17:

“Meeting with the Barnstable Youth Commission and discussing the #opioidepidemic in Ma & how we can work together to make substantial change.”


Read the article here.