Colorado’s fentanyl bill passes House preliminary vote

The bill would make it a crime to possess more than one gram of compound fentanyl, which is fentanyl mixed with other drugs.

DENVER — The Colorado House of Representatives on Friday night approved a bill to address the state’s growing fentanyl crisis following another hours-long debate over whether possession of the substance, regardless of quantity or form, should be a crime.

For now, the rest of the Colorado House members have said no.

After five hours of debate, lawmakers, who worked late into the night, approved House Bill 1326, which in its most recent version toughens criminal penalties for distributing any amount of drugs and for dealers whose pills kill someone and make it a crime to possess more than 1 gram in any form. It is also setting aside millions to pay for drugs to reverse overdoses and test substances for fentanyl, while establishing education programs and advocating for a key prison treatment protocol.

RELATED: Colorado House Committee Passes Fentanyl Bill

The bill, which still requires the final vote of the entire House, is a comprehensive but not definitive approach to combating fentanyl, said House Speaker Alec Garnett of Denver and Rep. Mike Lynch, a Wellington Republican, who co-sponsored the legislation.

> Read the full article in the Denver Gazette.

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