Is Wyoming ready to legalize marijuana? Just Criminal Law’s Christina Williams would like you to weigh in on the debate.
Hey everybody, Christina Williams from Just Criminal Law. It's all we do.
Today, I'd like to start a two-part series on marijuana. In part one, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of legalization, and you'll want to stick around for part two, where we'll discuss if you're going to use marijuana in Wyoming, what you should know.
Trust me, just because it's illegal doesn't mean people are going to stop using or possessing marijuana, whether it's our own residents or those just passing through.
It's been fascinating to watch how things have slowly changed since 1996 when California legalized medical marijuana and how that really impacted the nation's War on Drugs started by Nixon in the 70s.
Do you think it's worth taxpayer dollars to continue to prosecute these cases?
I'd like to see where you weigh in on this.
Nationally, in 2021, legal sales of marijuana hit $25 billion, and analysts predict in the next decade, it will grow into a $100 billion industry.
Our neighbors in Colorado have collected $12 billion since legalizing marijuana, and that means $2 billion in taxes.
As you may know, four of the five states surrounding Wyoming have legalized some form of marijuana.
Colorado and Montana have legalized adult use, and South Dakota and Utah have legalized medical marijuana.
South Dakota voted yes to legalize marijuana back in 2020, but the Supreme Court nullified the results.
So this year, South Dakota will put this issue back on the ballot.
The legalization of marijuana has spread slowly. But as of now, 18 states have legalized adult-use marijuana, and 36 states have legalized medical marijuana.
However, Nebraska and Idaho are the only states that have held out and not legalized any form,
even CBD and CBD-containing products.
Wyoming has inched closer to legalizing marijuana.
In 2019, we legalized CBD after the federal Farm Bill legalized THC-containing hemp and hemp products.
This created an interesting issue for police and prosecutors.
Suddenly, police dogs can't tell the difference between legal hemp or CBD products and illegal marijuana.
Additionally, the State Crime Lab has had to spend more time and money testing these products so prosecutors can take their cases to court.
As for now, Wyoming won't see this issue on the ballot.
February 1st was the deadline to collect signatures to put this debate before the voters.
There are definitely pros and cons to legalizing marijuana.
CBD and marijuana have proven medical benefits from nerve pain and anxiety to nausea for chemotherapy patients to Parkinson's disease.
The list really goes on and on. And then there's the economic impact of more jobs in the industry, and the states that legalize marijuana enjoy the benefit of the tax dollars.
Following the legalization of marijuana, there may be certain impacts on a community. Colorado mandated a study after the passage of Amendment 64.
The study focused on law enforcement activities as they related to public health, public safety, and youth usage.
Colorado did see an increase in emergency room visits, Poison Control calls, and DUIs related to THC use.
If you, a friend, or family member is facing a possession of controlled substance here in Wyoming,
be sure to plead not guilty.
I know after defending people for 15 years, you really only get one shot at justice and one opportunity to make sure your rights are protected.
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