Proposed Bill Would Recognize Out of State Medical Marijuana Prescriptions

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CHEYENNE — A pair of bills being proposed in the Wyoming House of Representatives would bring big changes to Wyoming’s marijuana laws, if passed.

House Bill No. 0007 would allow out of state medical marijuana prescription holders to legally possess marijuana in Wyoming.

(e) Possession of marihuana pursuant to an unexpired medical marihuana card or a written prescription properly; issued under the laws of another state shall not be unlawful in this state if the person in possession is a resident of the state where the medical marihuana card or prescription was issued and the amount possessed is in accordance with the card or prescription. Nothing in this subsection shall be deemed to authorize any person to dispense or prescribe marihuana in Wyoming.

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The bill specifically contains language that would not allow Wyoming residents to be prescribed marijuana under House Bill No. 0007.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. James Byrd [D] Rep. Gerald Gay [R] Rep. Tyler Lindholm [R].

Byrd is also sponsoring House Bill No. 0003 that would decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana.

If enacted possession of up to a half-ounce would result in a civil fine of $50 and-and a half-ounce-to-an-ounce would result in a civil fine of $100.

If the bills make their way through the legislature and are passed they would become effective July 1, 2016.