(NN&V Staff) – Nevada’s Democrat Attorney General, Aaron Ford, is facing criticism for his solution to the fentanyl crisis in the state. Ford, who is accused of enabling the increase in fentanyl use by backing soft-on-crime policies, is now pushing for a law that would make possessing up to 2,000 lethal doses of the drug a misdemeanor.
Critics argue that this move is not enough, given that even a small amount of fentanyl can be deadly. In a recent testimony to the Nevada legislature, Ford admitted that four grams of the drug can still kill massive numbers of people. The DEA has stated that just a single gram of fentanyl can kill between 300 and 500 people.
Ford’s proposed law would reduce the felony threshold for fentanyl possession from 100 grams to just four grams, allowing someone to possess enough fentanyl to potentially kill thousands of people without facing felony charges. This has led to calls for stronger measures, such as Governor Lombardo’s bill, which would make any amount of fentanyl possession a felony.
“Ford enabled this problem by backing AB 236, he’s not fooling anyone by pushing this misguided legislation that still leaves Nevadans at risk,” said Better Nevada PAC spokesman John Burke.
The criticism comes after Ford’s involvement in the creation of AB 236, a bill that raised the felony threshold for fentanyl possession to 100 grams. Ford has now flip-flopped on the issue, claiming to support reducing the threshold but facing backlash for not going far enough.
The fentanyl crisis has become a major issue in Nevada, with the state experiencing a surge in overdoses and deaths related to the drug. The Nevada Legislature is now being urged to act and make the possession of any amount of fentanyl a felony.