Mayor John Suthers says fentanyl bill does not go far enough

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo--  Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers is joining fellow mayor Michael Hancock of Denver, District Attorney Michael Allen and much of law enforcement in Colorado in asserting that the Fentanyl bill introduced last week in the Colorado legislature does not adequately address the nature and extent of the Fentanyl problem in the state.

Under the bill, possession of up to four grams of fentanyl, an amount sufficient to kill dozens of people, remains a misdemeanor. Also per the bill, a person who sells less than four grams to someone who dies as a result, is eligible for probation.  Finally, a person who sells fentanyl to someone who dies from an overdose can completely avoid prosecution by reporting the incident and cooperating with the investigation. 

“The Colorado Legislature needs to start listening more to law enforcement and others responsible for public safety, and less to organizations whose objective it is to minimize the consequences for criminal behavior,” said Suthers.

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