NORML Wyoming Submits New Initiative to State Attorney General Calling for Changes to Marijuana Laws
Today is 4/20, the unofficial "holiday" for marijuana users and activists all over the world. To celebrate, the Wyoming Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws has officially filed an initiative petition to Wyoming Attorney General Peter K. Michael calling for changes to the state's marijuana laws.
The Peggy A. Kelly Wyoming Cannabis Act of 2016, named in honor of the NORML Wyoming founding member who recently passed away after a long battle with cancer, calls for the Wyoming Department of Revenue Liquor Division to regulate the sale of medical and recreational marijuana.
The initiative would also create state run medical marijuana testing facilities, which would study the safety and potency of retail products. It would also allow medical marijuana users to legally possess up to three ounces of marijuana and to legally grow and transport up to six marijuana plants.
The proposed act also calls for the State of Wyoming to alter statutes to include testing for drivers under the influence of marijuana. Other sections of the initiative would prohibit the use of marijuana in public places, and would restrict the operation of marijuana related businesses for convicted felons or people under the age of 21. Another provision in the proposal states that employers would not required to permit or accommodate medical marijuana by their employees.
Although it is unlikely that the Wyoming State Legislature will act to approve the measure, supporters are hoping to present the proposal to voters in the 2016 election. In order to get the initiative on the ballot, they would need to collect over 50,000 signatures by February 2016.
For more information on NORML Wyoming's proposed Cannabis Act of 2016, read the full text here.