Jan 142014
 January 14, 2014

wyoming marijuana legalizationThere are few states in America that need marijuana reform as bad as Wyoming. Simply being under the influence of marijuana is a crime in Wyoming, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine. If you get caught possessing marijuana in Wyoming (under three ounces), you are looking a possible year in jail. Distribution of marijuana (any amount) could result in 10 years in prison and a hefty fine.

I have driven East with marijuana before, and I made sure to avoid Wyoming at all costs due to the enormous penalties that would result if I had been caught there. According to media reports from Wyoming, a marijuana legalization initiative was filed last week by NORML. The initiative is for the 2016 ballot, not the 2014 ballot. According to Wyoming’s News Source Trib:

People with debilitating medical conditions would be allowed to grow 12 pot plants and all Wyomingites over age 21 could have marijuana for recreational use, according to a proposed initiative before the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office.

The 13-page proposed initiative was submitted last week by the Wyoming chapter of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws, members of which have been working on the initiative since the fall. Wyoming NORML hopes to have an initiative before voters in the 2016 election, but the group must first clear hurdles with the state.

I absolutely hope that the initiative passes. In other states I always cringe when I see campaigns waiting until 2016, but Wyoming is one of those states that would undeniably benefit from waiting until a presidential year. Other states will legalize by then, and more years will go by without the sky falling which will no doubt help chances in Wyoming.

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  • Johnny Bloomington

    There? But not Missouri?

    • Brian Miller

      I think they have already filed many initiatives in Missouri…don’t know if it’ll be on the ballot for 2014 or 2016 though. I wish they would do it next year though.

      • Johnny Bloomington

        Initiatives are different from bills submited through the legislative process. Missouri only has token bills that don’t have a chance in hell of passing.

  • Johnny Bloomington

    There? But not Missouri?

  • chris

    Yesss!!!

  • Siege

    It’s about time. Marijuana has been an accepted form of currency in much of Wyomings’ private sector for over 20 years. Those penalties are ridiculous, tyrannical and out of touch with it’s constituents.

  • Siege

    It’s about time. Marijuana has been an accepted form of currency in much of Wyomings’ private sector for over 20 years. Those penalties are ridiculous, tyrannical and out of touch with it’s constituents.

  • painkills2

    “Power is not alluring to pure minds.” Thomas Jefferson, brainyquote.com

  • Random Guy

    I was born and raised in Wyoming and I can almost say with absolute certainty that this will never pass. Wyoming is a very bigoted state and anything even semi-liberal sounding is on the same level as satanism.