Monday, May 18, 2015

Wyoming prosecutions unchanged by Colorado cannabis

“The change in drug arrests has been nonexistent,” said Sweetwater County, Wyoming Sheriff Mike Lowell. “You’re going to deal with it, you’re not going to stop it.”

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.


Duffer said...

Interesting report in comparison to the AGs from NE and KS. Couple of hysterical nut-bags, eh? In response to their filing, I see the Soopremes have sent a query over to the WH/Justice asking them to clarify their intentions (CO & WA). New guy at DEA - so far playing cards close. Interesting times, but still looks like game of chicken. Someone needs to show some cajones.

larry kurtz said...

They're watching their Policing for Profit money flying out the window, Duff: even New Mexico passed a law limiting civil forfeiture and those red border states reap far too much from the feds to ease up now.