More Wyoming residents support legalizing marijuana now than two years ago, according to a survey released earlier this week.
Wyoming Marijuana News and Politics
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Small steps for marijuana policy reform in the Cowboy State
The 2015 session started off on a hopeful note when Rep. James Byrd introduced a bill that would have replaced criminal penalties for marijuana possession with a civil fine similar to a speeding ticket. The bill was unfortunately defeated on the House floor, but it started an important conversation about appropriate penalties for possessing a substance that is safer than alcohol.
Meanwhile, the legislature passed two helpful bills that became law in July. First, a penalty-reduction bill sponsored by Sen. Cale Case and Rep. Kendell Kroeker gives judges the option not to prosecute first time offenders under the influence of controlled substances such as marijuana, an option that previously existed only for the crime of possession. Also, a bill sponsored by Rep. Robert McKim allows the use of CBD oil to treat seizures.
This type of reform is especially important considering the racial disparity found in marijuana possession arrests. According to the ACLU, African Americans in Wyoming are 3.2 times more likely to be arrested for simple possession than their white neighbors, despite similar rates of marijuana use.
Wyoming Cannabis News
CHEYENNE, WY — A panel of Wyoming lawmakers is backing a bill that would make it a felony to possess a pound or more of marijuana-infused edibles as the state grapples with the legalization of recreational pot for adults by neighboring Colorado.
The draft bill that passed the Wyoming legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee on Wednesday in a 7-6 vote would also make it a misdemeanor to possess such items as marijuana-infused brownies, candy and other goodies weighing less than a pound.
The proposal, to be introduced in the Wyoming legislature at a budget session in February, was crafted in response to the dismissal by at least two state judges of cases tied to pot edibles, said state Senator Michael Von Flatern (R-Gillette), a committee member.
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