Is Marijuana Legal in Wyoming?

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As cannabis laws continue to change across states, the Cowboy State has shown great resistance towards the legalization of cannabis for recreational or medicinal use for its residents. This is not due to a lack of effort. Over the years, the state of Wyoming has introduced multiple cannabis legalization or decriminalization bills. Most of them ultimately get stalled or dismissed. 

To this day, Wyoming remains a state with one of the strictest marijuana restrictions. Keep on reading to find out more about the current marijuana laws in Wyoming. 

Is weed legal in Wyoming?

Sadly, weed is fully illegal across Wyoming. 

When will weed be legal in Wyoming?

Although Wyoming lawmakers have failed to approve legislation to decriminalize marijuana there may be hope for the Cowboy State.  For instance, in July 2015, a bill was created to allow limited access to non-psychoactive CBD oil to qualified patients. Also, according to a recent poll, residents of Wyoming have declared their utmost interest in the legalization of marijuana

On July 30, 2021, the Libertarian party alongside other activists delivered two cannabis ballot initiatives to the Wyoming secretary of state. These ballot initiatives will avail the residents of Wyoming the opportunity to vote on these issues in the 2022 general elections. One of the ballot initiatives would legalize medical cannabis and the other will decriminalize the cultivation and possession of cannabis.  However, these measures are currently collecting signatures from petitioners, they’ll need at most 41,775 signatures from voters in Wyoming.

Are edibles legal in Wyoming?

No, edibles such as pot brownies or any type of food containing marijuana are illegal in Wyoming. 

Is medical marijuana legal in Wyoming?

Unfortunately, the use of marijuana for medical purposes is still illegal in Wyoming. However, Wyoming residents who have been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy i.e epilepsy that does not respond to other treatment measures are allowed limited access to CBD Oil or hemp extracts on the condition that the Oil must contain 0.3% THC and 15% CBD. 

This medical condition must also be diagnosed by a licensed Wyoming Neurologist with a written recommendation stating that the use of hemp extract will bring relief to the patient. 

How to get Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil in Wyoming?

Well, there are no active dispensaries in Wyoming that sell CBD Oil, so patients must travel to a state where it is legal to purchase at the risk of carrying a controlled substance across states. 

Can I get a medical marijuana card in Wyoming?

No, qualified patients i.e patients with intractable epilepsy in Wyoming must obtain a “Hemp extract registration card” which is renewed annually. To get a hemp extract registration card, you must register with the State Department of Health and wait for approval. 

Can minors with intractable epilepsy use CBD Oils? 

Yes. However, the parents or legal guardians must supervise the minor’s use of CBD oil. The parents or legal guardians are also responsible for obtaining the hemp extract registration card on behalf of the minor.

Does Wyoming accept out-of-state MMJ cards? 

Unfortunately, there is no MMJ reciprocity in Wyoming. Therefore, you cannot possess or purchase medical marijuana in Wyoming as a visiting patient. 

Marijuana Bills and laws in Wyoming & key questions. 

For 30 years, Wyoming has recorded many failed attempts at legalizing marijuana. The recent bills passed in March (House Bill 209 and House bill 82) were brought up in the full house committee. This legislation would provide regulation of marijuana, impose taxes on marijuana production, and amend penalties for the possession of certain amounts of cannabis. 

This bill would also bring about the legalization of medical marijuana for the treatment of certain medical conditions in Wyoming. Unfortunately, the house was unable to address these bills before the end of the legislative session in 2021. Hopefully, it will be brought up in 2022.

How much marijuana can I have in Wyoming?   

Marijuana is fully criminalized in Wyoming. If you are caught under the influence of marijuana, you could face up to 6 months of prison time and a fine of $750. It is worth noting that any extract in your possession must come with a certification or written documents showing the percentage of THC and CBD.

Is marijuana decriminalized in Wyoming?

Sadly, possession of marijuana across the state of Wyoming is a criminal offense.

Is there a fine or penalty for marijuana possession in Wyoming?

The possession of  3 ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor and is punishable by 12 months imprisonment and a $1000 fine. However, possession of more than 3 ounces is a felony punishable by up to 5 years incarceration and a $10,000 fine.

Is drug paraphernalia legal in Wyoming?

Possession of any equipment, device, or material used to make hashish oil or smoke marijuana is a misdemeanor and is punishable by 12 months incarceration and a $1000 fine.

How many cannabis plants per household in Wyoming? 

It is illegal to cultivate any amount of marijuana in Wyoming irrespective of the purpose. According to HB 230 passed in 2017, Wyoming farmers can now cultivate hemp extracts for research purposes provided they obtain a license from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and comply with the hemp rules and regulations.

Closing thoughts

It is quite unfortunate that Wyoming has such a poor medical marijuana program. This means that residents who have medical conditions like cancer, anxiety, dementia, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease that require treatment with marijuana have to seek other ways to relieve their condition.

There are also reports of racial disparities in marijuana arrests across the state. A recent study showed that more African Americans in Wyoming were arrested more even though the usage rates across multiple ethnicities are quite similar.  Marijuana legalization or decriminalization in Wyoming will ultimately play a vital role in addressing these racial injustices in the war against marijuana in this state.

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