Wyoming is consistently ranked as the most conservative US state. Because of this, it will probably come as no surprise to anyone that weed is not legal in Wyoming. Weed in its plant form is illegal, but that doesn’t mean Wyoming has outlawed all forms of medical cannabis.
Despite consistently being ranked as the most conservative state, the residents of Wyoming largely support expanding the current medical marijuana offerings in the cowboy state.
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Wyoming Weed Laws And Penalties
Now Wyoming takes a different approach to most other states in the country. Currently, it remains illegal to be under the influence of cannabis. Not being caught in possession, JUST BEING HIGH while in the state. This can land you with a $750 fine or even up to 6 months in jail. Absolutely crazy stuff.
Possession of flower:
- 3 ounces or less – misdemeanor with up to $1,000 and 12 months
- More than 3 ounces – felony with up to $10,000 and 5 years
Possession of hash and concentrates:
- 0.3g liquid or less – misdemeanor with up to $1,000 and 12 months
- More than 0.3g liquid – felony with up to $10,000 and 5 years
Sale or cultivation:
- Sale/distribution of any amount – felony with up to $10,000 and 10 years
- Cultivation of any amount – misdemeanor with up to $1,000 and 6 months
Medical Marijuana In Wyoming
Despite the hefty potential fines and jail time, legal medical weed is actually a thing in Wyoming. Or more specifically, low THC, high CBD weed. Despite being signed into law back in 2015, currently, the only qualifying condition is intractable epilepsy.
Intractable simply means “hard to control or deal with”, so unfortunately for sufferers of epilepsy, they’ve had to try alternatives before being granted access to the medical marijuana program in Wyoming.
A Push For Increased Weed Penalties
Yeah so, about Wyoming being the most conservative US state, the same is true with Wyoming’s legislature. Back in 2018, when many states were already approving medical and recreational laws, Wyoming’s legislature actually tried to increase the penalties for marijuana penalties.
The bill was approved by the Senate, before being sensibly blocked by the House. The aim of the bill was to decrease the amount of weed required for possession to be considered a felony. These were the proposed new limits:
- 3 ounces of edibles (not three ounces of weed in edibles, but three ounces of edibles with any amount of weed in them). A single typical brownie would normally weigh around an ounce – so three of those and you’re looking at a felony.
- 36 ounces of cannabis infused liquids, or around 3 standard cans
- 3 grams of concentrates
- 3 ounces of flower
Wyoming Residents Want Legal Weed
Support for both legal medical and recreational weed in Wyoming has been growing over the years. From a survey conducted in October 2018, 49% of residents supported recreational weed in the state. This level of support has increased 12% since 2014, which was sitting at 37% in favor of recreational weed. Since October 2018, a number of states have legalized weed in full, so it’s likely that support is now above the 50% mark. Unsurprisingly, the age group most in support was 18 – 24’s, with those 75+ being least supportive.
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For medical marijuana, over 70% of residents in 2018 were supportive. Even more surprising, every age group surveyed was also above 70% in support of medical marijuana for Wyoming. Talk about consistency.
To back these impressive figures up, NORML has cited that around 80% of residents support medical marijuana, while 70% support decriminalization.
Colorado Times Two?
Currently, the only state to border Wyoming with legal recreational weed is Colorado. Utah, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska all remain illegal, but that could soon be changing for one state.
South Dakota residents will have the chance to vote on legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana, during the 2020 elections. Whether it happens or not remains to be seen, but between now and November 2020, support is likely to only increase. Could South Dakota be the catalyst needed to see legal weed in Wyoming?
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