Wyoming activists are kicking it into high gear to collect signatures for a couple of 2022 ballot initiatives, one that would legalize medical marijuana and another that would decriminalize cannabis possession in a state that has never been receptive to changes in marijuana laws.
The campaign, which is backed by the national Libertarian Party and Wyoming NORML, had turned in the requisite 100 initial sponsorship signatures for each measure to the secretary of state last month before being formally cleared by the attorney general’s office.
The ballot efforts launched after state lawmakers advanced but failed to pass bills to legalize recreational marijuana and create a state medical marijuana program in the latest legislative session. Both made it through various committees, but were never taken up by the full body.
The decriminalization measure would impose small fines on people possessing up to four ounces of marijuana, and no threat of jail time.The author writes
For the medical proposal, patients would be able to purchase and possess up to four ounces of flower marijuana and 20 grams of “medical marijuana-derived products” in a 30-day period. Those with any of more than a dozen qualifying conditions, including cancer, glaucoma, HIV, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and dementia, would also be able to cultivate up to eight mature plants for personal use.
The Department of Revenue’s Liquor Division would be responsible for licensing marijuana businesses and required to create rules by July 1, 2023.
The decriminalization measure would impose small fines on people possessing up to four ounces of marijuana, and no threat of jail time. A first and second offense would be considered a misdemeanor punishable by a $50 fine, while a third and any subsequent offenses would be penalized by a $75 fine. Cultivating marijuana would be punishable by a maximum $200 fine.
A poll released in December found that 54 percent of state residents support allowing “adults in Wyoming to legally possess marijuana for personal use.”
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