Colorado's top prosecuting attorney is vocalizing his opposition to a new law that would charge someone caught with fentanyl with a misdemeanor.

Earlier this year, lawmakers passed a law that made possession of 4 grams or less of most drugs a misdemeanor. The plan was put in place to decrease incarceration for those making their own choices with their own bodies.

U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn says the law does not work with opioids. In some cases, the amount of fentanyl that's currently categorized as a misdemeanor could be equal to 13,000 doses.

Attorney Jason Dunn said this to The Denver Sun:

“We’re sending mixed messages at a time when we’re trying to raise the public’s awareness about the damage that fentanyl can do and the risk of overdose."


Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine.

The legislation is slated to take effect March 1st, 2020.

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