WYOMING: A debate over whether Wyoming should legalize marijuana may be about to flare up.
Bordered to the north and south by states that have legalized some uses of marijuana, Wyoming still counts marijuana possession as a crime. Possession of anything over 3 ounces in the “Equality State” is felony territory, enough to put a person in prison for five years.
Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Recluse, said this week that she intends to introduce a bill in the legislative session that starts early next year to decriminalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Independently, the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), is preparing to kick off a petition drive to get an initiative that would allow full legalization of marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes before state voters in 2016. The group has pressed the issue nationwide and worked on the successful decriminalization effort in Colorado.
Wallis, a rancher who started in the House in 2007, in recent sessions has opposed proposals to restrict the right of Wyoming women to seek abortion services. She’s also stood up for granting equal rights to same-sex couples.
Wallis said the death a year ago of her husband, Rod McQueary, brought the issue of legalizing medical marijuana into sharp focus for her. She said he benefited greatly from medical marijuana from Colorado in his last days.