Denver Injection Site Legislation Faces Challenges

As bill sponsors prepare for hearing, passage for facility looks unlikely

Senate Bill 40
Senate Bill 40 proposes the creation of a supervised injection facility in Denver, but the prognosis for the legislation doesn’t look good.

Senate Bill 40, introduced at the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, proposes the creation of a supervised injection facility in Denver, but the prognosis for the legislation doesn’t look good.

The bill is scheduled for a hearing next week. It would create a pilot program in Denver that would create a site where intravenous drug users could go to inject illegal drugs and be immune from legal repercussions. Bill sponsor Sen. Cheri Jahn anticipates a challenge passing the injection site portion of the bill.

“I really think that piece of the bill is in trouble,” she said. “It’s going to be really tough to get that piece through.” The bill does have a Republican co-sponsor, Sen. Kent Lambert, but Jahn said at present she’s aware of two Republican senators who will not support the injection facility portion of the bill.

Jahn said she initially approached the concept with a good deal of skepticism.

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