Wyoming’s Marijuana Laws To Be Enforced During Great America Solar Eclipse

WYOMING: Visitors from across the globe expected to travel to Wyoming for the Great American Solar Eclipse on August 21 are being advised by law enforcement officials that the state’s marijuana laws will be strictly enforced.

“Traffic laws will be strictly enforced and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be tolerated on Wyoming’s roadways,” Byron Oedekoven, executive director of the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police (WASCOP). He added that, while other nearby states including Colorado have legalized marijuana, the drug is illegal in Wyoming.

“Medical marijuana is not legal in Wyoming, and even if you have a card from another state it is still illegal to possess marijuana in Wyoming,” he explained. “If you are caught with any controlled substance you will be charged with a misdemeanor or felony drug offense depending upon how much of that substance you have in your possession.”

It is estimated that 250,000 visitors will travel to Wyoming to experience the eclipse, according to Oedekoven. Under the leadership of Governor Matt Mead, federal, state, and local agencies are working together to safely accommodate visitors to the state.

From Jackson to Torrington, more than a dozen cities in Wyoming are in the “path of totality,” the narrow path across the earth’s surface where viewers will experience the total eclipse of the sun when the moon passes in front of its surface. Because of the state’s wide-open spaces, clear skies, and spectacular scenery, it is one of the top destinations in the world for people seeking the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the eclipse.

Through its Traffic Safety Project (TSP) WASCOP is working with the Wyoming Office of Highway Safety and the Governor’s Commission on Impaired Driving to identify strategies to address traffic and other safety issues.

“We hope people will come to Wyoming to experience the incredible beauty and quality of life in our state,” said Oedekoven. “On behalf of the women and men of WASCOP dedicated to serving and protecting residents and visitors in our state, we promise to do everything possible to ensure you will have a safe and enjoyable visit.”

Yellowstone Sees Rise In Marijuana Cases

WYOMING:  An increasing number of visitors to Yellowstone National Park are being prosecuted for possessing small amounts of medical and recreational pot, which remains illegal on federal land.

Park rangers attribute the trend both to ignorance of federal law and the growing prevalence of legal pot in other states, including neighboring Colorado, which has legal medical and recreational marijuana.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cheyenne reports it prosecuted 21 marijuana cases from Yellowstone in 2010 and 52 in 2013. As of Dec. 17, the office had handled 80 cases in 2014.

Those convicted of misdemeanor possession commonly receive a $1,000 fine.

Seeing Green: Most Wyominigites Support Medical Marijuana

WYOMING:  Wyomingites’ long-standing support for medical marijuana may move toward reality, as the Legislature will be alight in cannabis bills next month.

Three bills that would loosen Wyoming’s prohibition on the drug may go before lawmakers.

Meanwhile, a new University of Wyoming poll shows that a majority of Wyoming residents, 72 percent, continue to support adult use of marijuana if the drug is prescribed by a physician.

Twenty-five percent of Wyomingites oppose medical marijuana, according to the October poll, in which 768 residents were interviewed by phone.

 

The 70's — Crazy On You

By Little Sweetwater

I recently watched the induction of Cheech and Chong into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During this, I reminisced about the first time I was introduced to marijuana. I didn’t know it was illegal, because I didn’t know what it was. I came from a Wyoming family that didn’t drink or dance, and since drugs were a part of the “other side of world.”  We’d never had a discussion on drugs.

After college, I got a job in Houston. The “other side of the world” for three years. That first summer in Houston was a revelation into the brilliant lights that were going to always be a part of my life. I discovered Reggae and Marijuana, what a combo, and I played my first game of pool. [Read more…]

Debate Looms Over Legalizing Marijuana In Wyoming

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. [Read more…]

Colorado Marijuana Law Worries Cheyenne Police Chief

WYOMING: The impact on Cheyenne of Colorado’s new law allowing the recreational use of marijuana isn’t known yet because the neighboring state is still working on rules to govern sales, the city’s police chief says. [Read more…]