Wyoming is among the last few states in the United States that has not yet accepted legal marijuana in some form. The state is surrounded by states such as Montana and South Dakota that have legalized cannabis, and while it is unclear when Wyoming will legalize cannabis, it is known that the state is exploring legal options with regard to legalization.
The reason for the state turning to its legal counterparts for information on cannabis legalization may be data that shows that the state’s residents are looking for more access to marijuana. Additionally, data from a study conducted in December 2020 by the University of Wyoming showed that 54% of the state’s residents supported the herb’s legalization and, in particular, adult-use marijuana.
The report claimed that a steady rise in support was observed from 2014 to 2018 and shows that the support in legalization grew from 37% in 2014 to 41% then 49% in 2016 and 2018, respectively.
Chief of police in Sheridan, Wyoming, Travis Koltiska, feels that trafficking marijuana across state lines will not be stopping any time soon. In fact, he notes, there may even be an increase, especially when the data above is taken into consideration.
Sheridan County Sheriff Allen Thompson added that bigger legal operations in the states that surround Wyoming have shown an increased availability in the amounts of cannabis that are distributed, adding that this will likely grow. He noted that residents of Wyoming did travel to other states to obtain marijuana, explaining that this number could grow in the future.
In addition to the data mentioned above, three out of every four people who live in the state believe that individuals caught in possession of marijuana shouldn’t serve jail time. This shows a general increase in acceptance of cannabis legalization, as this number was at 66% in 2014, before growing to 69% in 2018.
However, many are still concerned that looking at marijuana legalization as a way to grow government revenue is not the best idea and other factors should be taken into account. Thompson explains that, while government revenue might grow in the short term if cannabis is legalized, he is concerned about the costs that will be paid in the long term with regard to the state’s public health system, which is already short on money and personal health.
Thompson proposes that efforts to legalize cannabis in the state should instead focus on factual education about the advantages and disadvantages of using cannabis, backing the health systems and centering on personal freedoms.
Away from the cannabis legalization debate in Wyoming, a number of companies are hitting it big through products that don’t contain the psychoactive THC. For example, CannAssist International Corp. (OTCQB: CNSC) was so successful that it was among the first U.S.-based CBD companies to go public on a major exchange.
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