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Wyoming: Marijuana regulation bill heads to House floor

Members of the House Judiciary Committee want the entire Wyoming House to debate a bill that would legalize marijuana for adult personal use and establish a regulated retail market, voting 6-3 Friday to send the measure to the floor.

The committee advanced House Bill 209 – Regulation of marijuana after about four hours of testimony from a spectrum of witnesses ranging from the state’s leading libertarian to the former governor of Rhode Island. Depending on the speaker, marijuana is either an addictive substance packaged for and marketed to children whose brains it re-wires, or an adult product less harmful than a beer consumed in leisure times to relax.


Bill proposes regulation of marijuana in Wyoming, $30.7 million per year to school fund

Teton County Representative Mike Yin along with 13 other Wyoming lawmakers are sponsoring a bill outlining the regulation of marijuana in the state of Wyoming. The bill number, HB0209 was assigned yesterday, March 2.

The bill will allow for the sale, purchase, possession, and cultivation of marijuana, regulated by the state of Wyoming. If the bill passes, a person in Wyoming over the age of 21 may possess up to three ounces of retail marijuana, 16 ounces of solid marijuana retail product, 72 ounces of retail liquid product, and 30 grams of retail marijuana concentrate.


Wyoming Introduces Legislation to Regulate Cannabis

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Wyoming just introduced legislation that could bring a legal cannabis industry to the predominantly conservative state. 


Wyoming Looks At Examples of Legal Cannabis In Neighboring States

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Wyoming is now one of the last holdout states that hasn’t accepted legal cannabis, surrounded on all sides by legal states. It’s not clear exactly when they will join their neighbors, but they are already looking around to their legal counterparts for information on legalization. 


Wyoming holding out as other states legalize marijuana

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In the eight years since Colorado legalized marijuana, it's been an open question whether Wyoming would someday follow the lead of its southerly neighbor.

So far, that hasn't happened.

Lawmakers did legalize hemp and CBD products in 2019. Both lack marijuana's psychoactive properties, but remain taboo among some state lawmakers. And Wyoming's criminal penalties for marijuana possession remain among the nation's harshest.


State lawmakers consider tightening restrictions on hemp products

A panel of state lawmakers is considering a bill that could significantly restrict the use and sale of certain products derived from hemp — including making it illegal to smoke the substance.

Wyoming law currently says that, as long as certain licensing requirements are followed in the growing and processing of the crop, “the possession, purchase, sale, transportation and use of hemp and hemp products by any person is allowable without restriction.”

As Powell Police Chief Roy Eckerdt sees it, that means hemp “can be used by anybody in any way.”


Federal government OKs Wyoming's industrial hemp plan

After much anxiety from producers worried they could miss another growing season, the United States Department of Agriculture has approved Wyoming’s industrial hemp growing regulations.

“This is a brand new crop with inherent risks and a challenging regulatory structure so we encourage producers and processors to look closely at the rules and regulations if they choose to attempt growing or processing hemp in 2020,” Doug Miyamoto, director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, said in a news release. “With that said, we are excited to get this program off the ground and to start a hemp industry in Wyoming.”


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.


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.


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.


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