Wyoming Medical Society announces opposition to medical marijuana effort

CHEYENNE (WTE) - The Wyoming Medical Society has come out against a proposed ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in Wyoming.

The statewide group, which counts more than 700 physicians and physician assistants as members, announced its opposition in a position paper posted to its website.

The statements says the group "opposes medical marijuana outside of the regulatory process of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration."

A spokesman with the group said its members consulted with several Wyoming medical professionals and the Colorado Medical Society.

The group's opposition comes as Wyoming voters could be asked to decide whether to legalize medical marijuana as early as November of next year.

The Wyoming chapter of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws must collect 25,673 signatures of registered voters by Feb. 8 to get the question on the ballot for the 2016 general election.

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