Cigarette smoking rates among high school students have dropped significantly in recent decades—in Wyoming and the rest of the country. That’s according to the results of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey released last week.
Last year, 17 percent of Wyoming high-schoolers reported regularly smoking cigarettes. That’s slightly above the national average, but down from 40 percent in 1991, when the survey began.
A group known as Wyoming NORML, which stands for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws wants to make recreational pot legal in Wyoming. The proposed initiative would make it legal to grow, sell and transport marijuana, and to purchase up to three ounces.
The group’s director Chris Christian says that legalization could make the state money. Colorado expects to make eight-billion-dollars in revenues this year. And, she says, decriminalizing pot could save the state millions of dollars, too.
Representative Sue Wallis has drafted a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Wyoming. She’s even considering revising it to include recreational marijuana, as well. Wallis toured facilities in Colorado where recreational marijuana is packaged and labeled and says she was impressed with how smoothly everything is going.
While Colorado has legalized marijuana, Governor Matt Mead has no interest in seeing Wyoming do the same. During a recent conference call with reporters, Mead was asked if he would support legalizing marijuana in the state. His answer was no.
A former Colorado Municipal Judge who’s a member of the group Law Enforcement against prohibition wants Wyoming to change its drug laws.
Lenny Freiling says that Wyoming spent more than 12 million dollars enforcing laws against marijuana in 2008. He says a better approach is to legalize marijuana like Colorado has. Freiling says one huge downside concerning the war on drugs is the long term impact it can have on someone who takes drugs.
Authorities are investigating after a 35-year-old man was killed in a car crash in Converse County during a high-speed chase that involved a state trooper.
Brian A. Bonomo of Cheyenne was pulled over for speeding on Wyoming Highway 59 on Saturday evening. Wyoming Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Stephen Townsend says the trooper smelled marijuana on Bonomo as he was handing him the ticket.