Members of the Wyoming chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) are now allowed to begin collecting signatures on their initiative to legalize medical cannabis, with the goal of placing it on the November, 2016 general election ballot.
The group was notified Thursday by Secretary of State Ed Murray’s office that their initiative has been approved for circulation. The proposal would allow those with certain debilitating conditions to possess, cultivate, purchase and use cannabis for medical purposes. Advocates will need to collect 25,700 signatures from registered Wyoming voters by February 8th for the measure to be put to a vote of the people.
The initiative is titled the Peggy A. Kelley Wyoming Cannabis Act of 2016, named after Peggy Kelley who was one of the first women train engineers in Wyoming who suffered a work-related accident and eventually used cannabis oil to treat the pain associated with her lung cancer. Kelley passed away in January.