Wyoming was one of the first states to ban cannabis back in 2013. Since then, the consequences for using cannabis has had punitive legal consequences.
An ACLU report in 2018 ranked Wyoming 9th in the country for the highest cannabis arrest rates. Cannabis legal reform in Wyoming has been slow. It started in 2015 when lawmakers legalized small amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) for therapeutic use.
Wyoming is one of the last states in America to legalize medical cannabis, and launch a compassionate care program for patients.
On Wednesday, August 11th, 2021, the Wyoming Secretary of State certified signatures to sponsor new cannabis legislation. There were 100 sponsor signatures required, but supporters gathered 250.
The Libertarian Party in Wyoming is supporting the initiative to legalize medical marijuana. The LPW will have to gather 41,776 signatures of residents in Wyoming to place the legalization initiative on the November 2022 ballot.
The question about legalizing cannabis will go to voters to decide if enough signatures are collected. The current initiative was rejected by the House of Representatives because it moves to legalize both recreational and medical cannabis use at the same time.
No patients can be qualified for medical cannabis use. There is no medical marijuana program at the time of writing, November 2021. But recent polls and comments from lawmakers are optimistic about legalizing medical cannabis in Wyoming.
None. Cannabis remains illegal for use in Wyoming. There are no exceptions to this rule. The laws against cannabis use are punitive in Wyoming.
For example, an individual who is caught under the influence of cannabis can face a misdemeanor, and up to six months in prison, and a maximum fine of $750.
Possession of more than three ounces of cannabis is a felony offense in Wyoming. A charge of possession for less than three ounces of cannabis is a misdemeanor charge. A marijuana misdemeanor in Wyoming can carry up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
There is no indication yet of the age requirement for medical cannabis if it becomes legalized in Wyoming. Most states have a minimum age of eighteen (18) years for medical card applicants.
Should the ballot measure gain voter approval in November 2022, the legislation and regulations would be drafted afterward. The regulations and implementation of a new medical cannabis program can take 1-2 years, depending on state requirements.
This is to be determined. There is currently no medical cannabis program in Wyoming. And cannabis remains an illegal controlled substance in the state.
Other surrounding states have accommodated minors with chronic diseases or debilitating symptoms. Once the Wyoming medical cannabis laws are established, it is likely there will be special requirements for minors under the age of eighteen (18) years.
Minors require a designated caregiver in every state-legalized medical cannabis program. If Wyoming moves ahead to create a medical cannabis program, it is likely that caregivers will be permitted.
Caregivers are responsible for consulting on the best therapeutic use of cannabis for a minor. Caregivers are responsible for getting recommendations, purchasing and administering cannabis.
If Wyoming legalizes medical cannabis, there will be either an annual or two-year renewal option. Renewal of a medical card requires a physician health check (annually) and a processing fee.
Every medical cannabis program has a procedure for replacing a lost, stolen, or damaged medical card. A small fee is usually required for a replacement card. In other states, patients are also required to update their medical card when there is a change of address or legal name.
Right now, there are no dispensaries open in Wyoming. Some of the Native American Tribes have discussed legalizing medical cannabis, issuing cards, and opening dispensaries. That includes the Shoshone, Northern Arapaho, and Wind River Tribes.
It is not legal. As of November 2021, cannabis is not yet legalized for medical or adult-use (recreational) in Wyoming. House Bill 209 provides the proposed legalization of cannabis in the state.
Adult-use cannabis faces opposition in both the Wyoming House of Representatives and the Senate. However, experts suggest that a restrictive medical cannabis program may be passed in 2022.
Some people think that Wyoming may actually be the last state in America to legalize adult-use cannabis. But the state appears to be heading toward providing a medical cannabis program for patients soon. Join our waiting list to be one of the first to get a Wyoming medical card.
October, 2014—The University of Wyoming conducted a poll that found 35% of residents supported adult-use, and 60% opposed it. However, there is overwhelming support to legalize medical cannabis. In the poll, 72% of Wyoming residents supported medical marijuana.
Another later study conducted by the University of Wyoming in 2016 showed an increase in support for medical cannabis. That survey reported 81% of Wyoming residents wanted to legalize doctor-supervised medical marijuana.
Source Web 2021: uwyo.edu
February, 2016—NORML and other cannabis advocacy groups attempted to gather signatures for a voter initiative to legalize cannabis. The number of signatures required to put the initiative on the ballot was 25,673 by February 8, 2016. There was not enough support, with an insufficient number of signatures gathered.
Source Web 2021: ballotpedia.org