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Colorado Springs Mayor calls for veto on fentanyl bill

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO)-- Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers is calling on Governor Jared Polis to veto the fentanyl bill passed by the state legislature Wednesday night.

The mayor released a statement, saying, "The bill that the Colorado legislature passed is wholly inadequate to address this critical problem that is resulting in the death of far too many Coloradans.” Suthers also said the legislature is "protecting" defendants from felony prosecution for possessing fentanyl.

Suthers concluded the statement by asking the governor to veto the bill, writing, "I hope the governor will attempt to rectify the situation and I hope the voters of Colorado recognize this as the failure of leadership that it is.”

Thursday morning, Suthers joined District Attorney Michael Allen in a press conference discussing the bill.

In a press release, Allen asks Polis to "consider all options before signing this bill, including a veto and a call for a special session."

Watch the press conference below:

Read the full statement from Suthers below:

“The bill that the Colorado legislature passed is wholly inadequate to address this critical problem that is resulting in the death of far too many Coloradans. In placing upon prosecutors the burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knew the substance they possessed was fentanyl, the legislature, in almost every instance, is protecting the defendant from felony prosecution. The stark reality remains that someone in Colorado can possess enough fentanyl to kill hundreds of people and avoid serious consequences by merely asserting they didn’t know it was fentanyl. The Democrat majorities in the legislature have thus far shown themselves wholly incapable of adequately dealing with this public health crisis. I hope the governor will attempt to rectify the situation and I hope the voters of Colorado recognize this as the failure of leadership that it is.”

Mayor John Suthers, Colorado Springs

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  1. The democrats decriminalized fentanyl and this is their way to try to say they are addressing the problem. Yet it does not address the problem, it is still decriminalized.

  2. Suthers concluded the statement by asking the governor to veto the bill, writing, From one failure speaking to another… “I hope the governor will attempt to rectify the situation and I hope the voters of Colorado recognize this as the failure of leadership that it is.”

  3. Yup cuz the war on drugs has gone so well we need to make yet another useless law that targets the users NOT the pushers.

    1. Exactly, But there isn’t as much money to be made by out politicians and their Corporate Financial Sponsors if the government simply legalized everything, regulated everything, and taxed everything.
      How do you affect the pushers?
      Get rid of the reason for a black market to exist in the first place.
      This would only hurt Big Pharma and for-profit prison systems.
      What is worse an enemy supplying our nation with unregulated narcotics or legalizing everything?
      Users will always find a way to obtain a new high no matter what our government does.
      It’s called freedom, or are we not allowed to have freedom within our nation?
      I guess the profit margin is too low on ensuring freedom to our nation’s inhabitants.
      Every regulation created only creates a stronger foothold for the black market to become stronger.

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