In Wyoming, a person caught with up to three ounces of pot faces a misdemeanor conviction with a penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine of $1,000. A third conviction can carry a five-year prison sentence and a $5,000 fine.
The possession, sale, trafficking, and cultivation of marijuana is illegal in all states except neighboring Colorado and Washington (where it is tightly regulated). In addition, a growing number of states is allowing for the medicinal use of marijuana by those who have obtained a physician's recommendation. Indeed, almost 20 states have passed some form of decriminalization of marijuana. (Typically, decriminalization means no prison time or criminal record for first-time possession of a small amount for personal consumption.) Still, marijuana remains illegal in Wyoming, including medical uses.
One Wyoming Lawmaker Tried to Change Things.
Sponsor Jim Byrd, a Cheyenne Democrat, wanted the state to turn cannabis possession cases into civil offenses: Fine anybody with up to a half ounce $50 and anybody with a half ounce to an ounce $100. In a floor vote, lawmakers voted 38-22 to kill the bill. Another bill that would have allowed medical marijuana for patients suffering from long-term pain, glaucoma or migraines was voted down at the same time.
It seems Wyoming lawmakers have had their fill of the marijuana debate for a while. They are now considering House Bill 187, which would prohibit any new bills or discussion of marijuana policy while the state spends $15,000 on a study of the drug’s impacts on the criminal justice system, public health and state revenue.
The following charts highlights the main provisions of Wyoming marijuana laws. See FindLaw's Drug Charges section for more articles and resources.
|Code Section||35-7-1001 to 1057|
|Possession||Less than 3 oz.: misdemeanor, up to 1 yr. and/or $1000; Over 3 oz.: felony, up to 5 yrs. and/or $10,000; Subsequent offense: up to 5 yrs. and/or $5000 or double penalties|
|Sale||Up to 10 yrs. and/or $10,000; Subsequent offense or sale to minor or sale in drug-free zone: double penalties|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Wyoming drug crime attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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