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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A Bill Legalizing Hemp Farming In Wyoming Moves To Governor’s Desk
The Wyoming legislature has passed a bill that makes it legal to grow hemp in Wyoming, and legalizes the sale of products made from hemp, including CBD oil.
Scott McDonald with the Wyoming Department of Agriculture said, if the governor signs the bill, the state will have 30 days to present their plans to the federal government. But McDonald said the government shutdown put the feds behind schedule in their work to implement the 2018 Farm Bill that regulates hemp production, so, he’s not really sure when Wyoming farmers can start planting hemp seeds.
“We were kind of hoping to get something in place this spring for this growing season,” McDonald said. “But we’re not sure that’s going to happen or not. There’s some uncertainty there, so it might be next year.”
He said his agency now needs to develop a way to license growers, to test hemp crops to make sure they have less than 0.3 percent THC, and a plan for what to do with crops that have more than that.
The passage of HB171 came as good news to Powell Economic Partnership Director Christine Bekes who encouraged lawmakers to pass it. She said Powell farmers are used to growing specialty crops and the mild climate there makes conditions ideal for growing hemp. She said the community also could use an economic bump.
“In my line of work, I’ve had so many conversations with potential processors, investors. But there are many very credible conversations that have come to the table now, looking for private investment opportunities. And, as you know, hemp has 25,000 uses, so that value added component is quite broad,” Bekes said.
The Wyoming legislature has passed a bill that makes it legal to grow hemp in Wyoming, and legalizes the sale of products made from hemp, including CBD oil