DENVER (CBS4) – After almost 17 hours of testimony from more than 150 people, a bill aimed at addressing the fentanyl crisis in Colorado cleared its first hurdle at the state legislature. The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill by a vote of 8-3 after adding a contentious amendment.
It makes simple possession of 1 gram or more of a drug mixture that has even trace amounts of fentanyl a felony. Just 2 milligrams of fentanyl – the size of a grain of salt – is deadly.
Because the fentanyl sold in Colorado is mixed with drugs like cocaine, Adderall and Oxycodone and because there’s no way to measure how much fentanyl is in the mixture, felony charges are based on the total weight of the mixture not the amount of fentanyl in it.
While the committee largely…
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