What is the Common Sense Cannabis Reform Campaign

Here is how we plan to fight for commonsense cannabis reform during the 2019 state legislative session.

We are demanding that Wyoming stops throwing its residents in jail for possessing small amounts of cannabis. We also are going to fight to ensure that people, such as vets who have PTSD or people who struggle with daily pain, don’t have to resort to using addictive opiates, but instead have legal access to their medicine. It’s time that the state legislature starts using some common sense when it comes to cannabis.

We Demand Commonsense Policy.

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Allow people access to medicine

A whopping 86 percent of Wyoming residents support legalizing medical marijuana, according to a poll conducted by the Wyoming Survey Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming.

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No jail time for personal possession

A total of 69 percent of Wyomingites believe there should be no jail time for possession of small amounts of weed.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP US OUT

We’ll spread the word to fellow Wyomingites

Help us call around the state to raise awareness among fellow Wyomingite on why commonsense cannabis reform is good for Wyoming, and why we demand a new way of thinking from our legislators when it comes developing policy.

We’ll lobby our legislators

Folks from around the state can come out to the legislature for Citizen Lobby days to speak to their representatives. We’ll ask in person that they take action to stop throwing Wyomingites in jail for possessing personal amounts of cannabis and allow people access to medicine they need.

We’ll reach out to out representatives

Use this quick and easy form (below) to write to your elected officials  and ask that they take action for commonsense cannabis reform now!

TIPS FOR WRITING YOUR LEGISLATOR

You’ll write your message in the text box on “Part 2” of the form above, where it says “Personalize your message.” Your message will be delivered to your Wyoming State Representative.

Remember to delete “[INSERT YOUR MESSAGE HERE]” before writing your own message.

Part ONE: Introduce yourself.

My name is _______. I’m a _______ (parent, teacher, coal miner, concerned citizen, etc.) from ________, Wyoming. I’m a voter in your district.

Part TWO: Say what you want.

Please vote “YES” to support House Bill 278, which would allow patients in Wyoming to access medical cannabis.

AND/OR

Please vote “YES” to support House Bill 234, which would decrease penalties for cannabis possession.

Part THREE: Say why you want it.

[Write a sentence or two about why this is important to you]

PRO TIP: Change the “Subject Line” of your message to give it a better chance of being read (because it will look less like spam).

WARNING: Don’t write a novel. Lawmakers are very busy during the session and they will not read any long message.

WHY THIS IS GOOD FOR WYOMING

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Wyoming residents want cannabis reform

A whopping 86 percent of Wyoming residents support legalizing medical marijuana, according to a poll conducted by the Wyoming Survey Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming.

A total of 69 percent of Wyomingites believe there should be no jail time for possession of small amounts of weed.

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Legalized medical cannabis would help fight Wyoming’s opioid epidemic

The legislature’s refusal to legalize medical marijuana is particularly frustrating in light of lawmakers’ alleged concern about opioid addiction. At least three legislative committees have considered bills recommended by the Wyoming Opioid Addiction Task Force, which the Legislature formed last year.

Lawmakers willfully avoid supporting a logical alternative to highly addictive opioids when it comes to treating things like multiple sclerosis, cancer, glaucoma, and PTSD.

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Right now, legislators are listening to one voice, the powerful police lobby

Instead of listening to their constituents, Wyoming lawmakers tend to side with the pseudoscience and fear mongering of powerful police lobbyists.

Lawmakers have already wasted countless hours over the last several years trying to increase criminal penalties for non-plant forms of cannabis (i.e. edibles). Thankfully, these efforts have failed.

Wyoming currently has some of the harshest cannabis laws in the nation, even as states around us take steps to end this failed component of the War on Drugs

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Overly harsh cannabis laws are ineffective and serve to only ruins lives

Simple cannabis possession can currently result in a year in jail and more far-reaching legal problems.

Too often, a young person’s being charged with marijuana possession leads to their being branded as a “criminal”—a label that follows them around in scholarship applications, job searches, and otherwise hurts their ability to get ahead. In worse cases, charges for minor possession escalate during probation terms, when missed meetings or other minor infractions can result in incarceration.