Put medical cannabis on the 2020 legislative agenda
Last update: December 5, 2019
During Wyoming’s 2019 legislative session, House Majority Floor Leader Eric Barlow (R) introduced a bill to legalize medical cannabis in the Cowboy State. Unfortunately, the bill did not even receive a committee vote and was not seriously considered. The legislature kicks off its 2020 session on Monday, February 10.
Wyoming trails far behind other states when it comes to sensible marijuana policies. Sadly, Wyoming is one of the remaining 17 states with no effective medical marijuana law.
Additionally, 62% of Wyomingites want the state to stop jailing people for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Click here to let your representatives know you want them to follow the views of their constituents and decriminalize marijuana in Wyoming.
Wyoming Legislature tried to increase marijuana penalties in 2018 session
During the 2018 session, the Senate voted to consider Senate File 23, sponsored by the Joint Judiciary Committee. The bill died in the House after being approved by the Senate, but would have set the threshold for a felony charge — for mere marijuana possession — at three grams of concentrate, three ounces of edibles (the same as the threshold for flower cannabis), or 36 ounces of liquids (such as infused soda). This is extremely low, because the weight includes the other substances in the marijuana product; one tray of marijuana brownies could easily weigh one pound (16 ounces) and contain only 1/8 of an ounce of flower.
The legislature has been debating this threshold for several years. Instead of wasting time trying to give more citizens felony records, which will have a huge negative impact on their ability to get a job, housing, or an education, the legislature should consider more sensible policies.
Ask your state lawmakers to decriminalize simple possession of marijuana. Twenty-six states have decriminalized low-level cannabis possession. Let your lawmakers know a modest fine or community service is a more humane approach than an arrest and possible jail time. Ask them to stop derailing lives with the stigma of a marijuana conviction and to allow law enforcement to spend more time on serious crimes.
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