Wyoming panel has reservations on legalizing marijuana

CHEYENNE - Members of a state panel said Wyoming is not prepared to regulate or handle the potential consequences of legalizing marijuana.

The Governor's Marijuana Impact Council met Friday as the group prepares to submit a report by early next year on how legalizing marijuana would affect the state.

Gov. Matt Mead, who opposes medical and recreational marijuana, formed the group this fall and directed its members to study the health, economic and social impacts of legalizing the drug.

His move comes as the Wyoming chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is trying to collect enough signatures to allow voters to decide next year if medical marijuana should be allowed.

The council, which is made up of several state agency heads, academics and outside experts, has been researching the subject over the past several months.

While presenting their findings during Friday's meeting, several members said...

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