Monday, May 18, 2015
Wyoming prosecutions unchanged by Colorado cannabis
Colorado's cannabis industry has not only not telegraphed an increase in prosecutions for possession in Lowell's county charges have dropped 18 percent from 2013 to 2014 and only 8 percent of arrests in Wyoming involved the herb. Even felony cannabis seizures by Highway Patrol troopers are trending downward and the number of pounds of confiscated product dropped 50 percent from 2012 to 2013.
Sheriff Lowell has his deputies undergo other interdiction training saying his agency is far more concerned with methamphetamine and heroin.
Chris Christian is director of the Wyoming chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Her group has filed to put a proposal to legalize therapeutic cannabis on the state's ballot after Denver law firm, Hoban & Feola LLC volunteered to help write the measure. A statewide poll conducted last year by the University of Wyoming found 72 percent of Wyoming residents support medical cannabis.
A new Wyoming law "makes it a misdemeanor crime to enter open land with the intent of collecting resource data, including photographs or soil, water and air samples, without statutory, contractual or legal authorization or permission from the owner."
Want to encourage young people to become involved in the democratic process in your state? Get legal cannabis on the ballot.