Denver Mayor Michael Hancock significantly rolled back his support for supervised drug injection sites in a Wednesday interview on the 9News program Next with Kyle Clark.
Hancock previously said he “fully support(s)” the supervised injection site plan passed by Denver City Council in November.
But in an interview prior to the kick-off of his re-election campaign Wednesday evening, Hancock said he does not necessarily support giving drug users a place in Denver to legally inject under medical supervision.
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“We’re going to be hard-pressed to place them anywhere,” Hancock said. “It’s going to be a very uphill battle for anyone who tries to open up this type of center.”
Hancock’s initial pledge in November to support and sign the supervised injection site legislation acknowledged upcoming legal hurdles.
The state legislature, which is controlled by Hancock’s fellow Democrats, must vote to allow Denver to get around a nuisance law.
Federal law enforcement has also sounded a warning about supervised injection sites but it is not clear if and when the feds would intervene.