The Colorado Legislature passed House Bill 22-1326 with bi-partisan support just before the 2022 legislative session ended. Governor Polis signed the bill on May 25th, 2022. While the bill is far from perfect, it begins to address the fentanyl crisis in Colorado.
The bill will make it a felony if a person “knowingly” possessed between 1-4 grams of a drug compound containing fentanyl. It will be up to a judge and/or jury to determine if the person knew. Some highlights of the bill are that it provides synthetic opiate detection tests in the community, treatment for people in the criminal justice system, and development of a fentanyl prevention and education campaign.
You can read the full text of the bill by using this link: https://legiscan.com/CO/text/HB1326/2022