Thanks to the progressive influence in Colorado, Democrat leaders in the state legislature don’t want to charge dealers with a Level 1 felony for selling illegal drugs that are triggering overdoses at an alarming rate and killing people.
A bipartisan bill to punish those deadly dealers has passed a state Senate committee, but opposition from key Democrat leaders indicates the measure is reportedly dead-on-arrival.
Pun absolutely intended.
Colorado Politics reports the bill squeaked past the Senate panel last week only after Democrat state Sen. Dylan Roberts of Eagle — whose day job is the assistant district attorney — sided with Republicans.
The bill’s supporters say under current laws, drug dealers are getting off on a technicality because prosecutors are in a bind over how to prosecute cases when fentanyl and another substance are found in the blood of a person who had died of an overdose.
The measure still faces stiff opposition from Senate President Steve Fenberg and Senate Majority Leader Dominick Moreno, and other critics who say the bill would just punish rather than solve the problem. That’s not fair, they cry.
Also not fair is killing people by selling them illegal drugs without any consequences whatsoever.
Doing his part to divert attention from the debate, Democrat Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser released a report Wednesday, shifting the blame from wide open borders for drug cartels, to internet sales of illegal drugs by (checks notes) drug cartels.
Illegal drug transactions are easily obscured and conducted through internet platforms — and it’s a problem that’s aided the rise of fentanyl-related deaths over the last three decades, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office shared in a report released Wednesday.
Youth in Colorado appear to be especially susceptible to fentanyl poisoning, as unsuspecting teens are vulnerable to taking what turns out to be counterfeit prescription pills containing lethal doses of fentanyl, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said in the report.
“Where once a teen might have had to seek out a street dealer, hassle friends, or learn to navigate the dark web to access illicit drugs, young people can now locate drug dealers using their smartphones — with the relative ease of ordering food delivery or calling a ride-share service,” Weiser said.
Yes, that’s very troubling and it should also be addressed through some other means than Weiser’s suggestion we somehow censor the Internet.
But pay attention class!
This bill already moving through the legislature seeks to address problems faced by prosecutors when the drug dealer in custody has profited from crippling the minds and bodies of its customers and sells them a product that killed them.
If society gets caught up in the progressive idea that criminals are victims and shouldn’t be punished with jail, but instead get free housing and food while undergoing psychiatric treatment and agreeing to say “I’m sorry,” then everyone truly will become a victim of one form or another.