March 4th House bill 209was filed in Wyoming to legalize recreational cannabis and establish a regulatory system. The bill would lay down rules for the cultivation, transport and sale of recreational cannabis.
ON Tax assessment In the appendix to the bill, it is estimated that a recreational cannabis tax would generate revenue of approximately $ 49.5 million per year for the state treasury. Of this amount, US $ 30.7 million would be allocated to a school foundation program.
As in all other recreational cannabis states, adults aged 21 and over could buy cannabis. Buffer zones would be implemented around schools, prisons and other sensitive areas. Retail stores could sell up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis to customers, and growers could grow up to 150 plants.
Meanwhile, Fox 13 News reports that activists from the neighboring state of Utah have mobilized to rally in Wyoming to fight for a functioning medical cannabis system. A bill on medical cannabis was published in Wyoming State Legislature in 2021. House bill 82, sponsored by Representative Bill Henderson, would start a study on whether medical cannabis could be beneficial to the state.
“If I hadn’t been through what I went through in Utah, I wouldn’t be showing up in Wyoming,” said Christine Stenquist told FOX 13. “I was hoping to bring my experiences from Utah to Wyoming and see if lawmakers and attorneys could work together on law.”
So far, the bill has been supported by State Representatives Baker, Barlow, Brown, Burt, Connolly, Provenza, Romero-Martinez, Sweeney, Western, Yin, Zwonitzer and State Senators Case, and Rothfuss.
Finally, a third bill is pending in the state –Senate Act 90– would ban the use of smokable hemp in public. It would also ban the sale of smokable hemp to Wyoming residents under the age of 21.