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Is weed legal in Wyoming?
No. Wyoming has not legalized recreational or medical marijuana, therefore it is against the law to use or possess cannabis in the state.
However, hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products that contain less than 0.3% THC by weight are legal to use and possess.
On March 6, 2019, the state enacted HB0171 , which was signed into law by Gov. Mark Gordon. It gave the Department of Agriculture authority over hemp production and regulation.
After the signing of HB0171, the Department of Agriculture submitted its plan for regulating hemp in the state to the US Department of Agriculture. The act formally removed hemp-derived CBD from Wyoming’s list of controlled substances.
There were at least two attempts by advocates to place marijuana legalization on the state ballot, including an effort to get it in front of voters in 2018 . But advocates failed to gather enough signatures to qualify.
In Wyoming, the penalties for those caught with marijuana are among the harshest in the United States. Being found under the influence of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor punishable by six months imprisonment and a $750 fine. Growing, drying, or processing cannabis can result in a misdemeanor, six months imprisonment, and a $1,000 fine. Possession of less than 3 ounces (85 grams) can result in a misdemeanor, 12 months imprisonment, and a $1,000 fine. Additionally, possession within 500 feet of a school is punishable by an additional fine of $500.
The full list of penalties can be found on the Wyoming State Legislature website.
View the cannabis & CBD laws & regulations for Wyoming.
Wyoming Marijuana Laws
Updated September 2019
Wyoming is among the states that are most resistant to the movement toward full legalization of marijuana in the United States. In July 2015, a bill authorizing the use of hemp extracts was passed, but little other progress has been made, and all forms of marijuana use and possession are still considered criminal acts. Learn more about Wyoming marijuana laws below.
Recreational Marijuana in Wyoming
Is marijuana legal in Wyoming. No. All levels of marijuana possession are illegal in Wyoming. The possession of 3 ounces or less is a misdemeanor, punishable by 12 months in prison and up to $1,000 in fines. Possession of more than 3 ounces is a felony, punishable by 5 years incarceration and a maximum fine of $10,000.
Medical Marijuana in Wyoming
Comprehensive medical marijuana has yet to be established in Wyoming. The Wyoming State Legislature passed House Bill 0032, which allows Wyoming residents diagnosed with intractable epilepsy to medically use hemp extract under the supervision of a Wyoming neurologist. A registration card must be renewed annually. The law, which took effect July 1, 2015, offers little benefit to the people of Wyoming. Not only is it limited to those diagnosed with epilepsy, but also hemp extracts are already federally legal to use and consume throughout the United States.
An effort was made by advocates to prepare a medical marijuana ballot initiative, but the campaign failed to collect enough valid signatures.
CBD Hemp Oil in Wyoming
Hemp-derived CBD products are legal under Federal Law in the United States; however, individual state laws are dynamic and fluid. Individual states may enact their own laws governing hemp-derived CBD.
Cultivation of Cannabis in Wyoming
It is illegal to cultivate any amount of marijuana in Wyoming, despite whether it’s for commercial, research or personal use purposes.
In 2017, the Wyoming Legislature passed House Bill 230, which allows farmers to grow and sell hemp for experimentation and research. The program is overseen by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, which is currently drafting rules and regulations. Interested farmers will have to obtain a license from the Department of Agriculture.
Legal Status of Other U.S. States
Stay up to date on the latest state legislation, referendums, and public opinion polls. Our Marijuana Legalization Map allows you to browse the current status of medical and recreational marijuana laws in other U.S. states and territories.
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