Wyoming

Tue
03
Dec

Wyoming Tribe Wants To Improve Reservation’s Economy With Hemp and Medical Marijuana

A Wyoming Native American tribe is considering hemp and medical marijuana as potential avenues of economic development and has authorized a committee to study the opportunities for the reservation. The group will also investigate the medical applications of cannabis and its potential to treat members of the Eastern Shoshone tribe’s Wind River Reservation.

Thu
07
Nov

Wyoming should move quickly to let farmers begin hemp production

Last year, Wyoming lawmakers wisely legalized industrial hemp growing. Since then, state leaders have encouraged the creation of a hemp industry here, and in April, a Casper summit attracted hundreds of potential growers.

There was just one problem. The federal government needed to craft rules for hemp production. That process wasn’t complete in time for farmers to plant hemp for the 2019 growing season.

Thankfully, that bureaucratic obstacle was eliminated last week when the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved interim rules for hemp growers. Now, the ball is back in the state’s court. Once the state has finished developing its own regulatory apparatus, farmers can begin planting hemp. And that can’t happen soon enough.

Wed
10
Apr

Interest in hemp grows in Wyoming

State lawmakers voted earlier this year to legalize industrial hemp in Wyoming. But many details must be sorted out before hemp becomes the newest cash crop in the state’s $2 billion agricultural sector.

Mon
24
Dec

Legal pot changes the work of some drug detection dogs

Marijuana is now legal in much of our region. The new industry is generating billions of dollars and creating thousands of jobs, but it's also creating instability, restructuring and some layoffs for one group of workers - drug detection dogs. 

Pueblo Police Department's K9 Detective Widget is always ready for work and play. The pot-sniffing 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, has helped make millions of dollars in drug busts during her four years on the force, but now she has a new partner.

Sage is a 2-year-old golden lab. The two dogs' human handler, Detective Vince Petkosek says like Widget, Sage is trained to find heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, Ecstasy and psilocybin mushrooms, but she is not trained on marijuana.

Mon
14
Aug

Police Remind Visitors Medical Marijuana Is Illegal in Wyoming

If you have visitors coming for the eclipse who might use medical marijuana, you might want to remind them it’s not legal in Wyoming.

The Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police raised the issue in an eclipse-related press release last week.

“Even if you have a card from another state, it is still illegal to possess marijuana in Wyoming,” Natrona County Sheriff Gus Holbrook said in the release. “If you are caught with any controlled substance you will be charged with a misdemeanor or felony drug offense.”

There’s precedent for people bringing medical marijuana into a state while on vacation, only to get in trouble after they arrive.

Thu
23
Feb

Wyoming: Senate committee narrows scope of marijuana bill

A Senate committee on Wednesday tightened a bill that deals with penalties for possession of marijuana-infused products.

House Bill 197 originally created a tiered penalty system for possession of small amounts of marijuana or marijuana-infused products.

The penalty system applied to possession of marijuana in plant form of less than 3 ounces and marijuana-infused products less than 8 ounces.

However, the Senate Judiciary Committee last week amended the bill to only apply to marijuana-infused products. It further amended the bill Wednesday to set the misdemeanor cutoff for possession of marijuana-derived products like extracts to 3 grams of such a substance. This is consistent with existing law for liquid forms of drugs.

Tue
21
Feb

Wyoming Medical Marijuana Initiative Doesn't Make 2018 Ballot

A medical marijuana initiative that had been in the works since 2015 won’t be on the ballot in 2018 after the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office did not receive petitions by last Tuesday’s deadline.

Nonetheless, medical marijuana supporters said they will continue to push for legalization of medical marijuana in Wyoming.

The deadline for the petition was 18 months after the petition began in 2015.

While the Wyoming chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) helped with the signature drive, the organization was not the official sponsor of the petition.

Wed
11
Jan

Wyoming: Lots of Older Conservative Folks Favor Medical Marijuana

One of the most conservative members of the Wyoming State Senate is Cale Case (R-Lander). He favors approval of a medical marijuana bill and says there is a surprising amount of support for such an effort among older, conservative Wyomingites.

I happened to be with Case during his recent talk to the Lander Rotary Club. He asked the crowd of 50, how many would favor such a measure? Some 35 hands were raised – 70 percent!

Earlier, Cale had joined our Fox News All-Stars coffee group (average age 69) and took a similar poll. All of the nine people there favored it.

Thu
27
Oct

Survey: 81 Percent of Wyomingites Support Medical Marijuana

More Wyoming residents support legalizing marijuana now than two years ago, according to a survey released earlier this week.

Further, most survey respondents also favor nixing jail time for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Support for medical marijuana (with a doctor’s prescription) increased from 74 percent in 2014 to 81 percent in 2016.

Marijuana for personal use also saw increased support, from 37 percent in 2014 to 41 percent in 2016, though the majority of respondents are still against doing so.

Additionally, 72 percent of Wyoming residents say possession of small amounts of marijuana should not result in jail time, compared with 66 percent in 2014.

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