Initiative to Legalize Medical and Recreational Cannabis Filed in Wyoming

An initiative to legalize medical and recreational cannabis has been filed in Wyoming by the Wyoming Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

Under the proposed initiative, which advocates hope to put on the 2016 ballot, the possession of up to 3 ounces of cannabis will be legal for all adults 21 and older. However, if the person is an individual that qualifies to be a medical cannabis patient, they can possess up to 12 ounces, or cultivate up to 12 plants. State-licensed retail outlets will be authorized to distribute cannabis to all adults, including those from out-of-state.

The initiative explicitly states that individuals can’t be fired for their off-the-job cannabis use, and that the sales tax for recreational cannabis can’t exceed 25%.

Before signatures can be gathered, the initiative will go through a legal review process by the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office and the Legislative Services Office.

In addition to this effort, Republican Representative Sue Wallis intends to file a legislative proposal to legalize medical cannabis before the session convenes in early February.


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