CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Charleston Mayor Danny Jones says that last night’s City Council vote to postpone the decision on whether or not to re-criminalize needles by sixty days “was controlled by guilt ridden white-folks.”

Mayor Jones began his push to eliminate the needle exchange program on Thursday. Marsh 1st, 2018, saying, “We’ve got thousands and thousands of dirty needles. We are inundated with complaints from business owners.”

It all came to a head last night when the City Council voted 16 to 11 to push back making a decision on whether or not to re-criminalize needles to the May 21st, 2018 city council meeting.

Mayor Jones said of the postponement, “Don’t be fooled. A delay is death to an effort to stop this.”

The City Council says they plan to form a task force to listen to what both sides have to say about the needle program in those 60 days.

“I feel the decision is the right decision. I think we have time to look at it, and I think that’s what we need to do to make a decision. We can’t do it in two weeks”, said Charleston City Council member Robert Reischman.

You can read Mayor Jones’s full statement below: