Wyoming Marijuana Legalization Bill Sponsored By Top Republicans Expected To Get Hearing This Week

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The cannabis legalization measure is sponsored by the House speaker, Judiciary Committee chairman and other GOP lawmakers. By Angus M. Thuermer Jr., WyoFile.com Supporters of a sweeping bill to legalize and regulate marijuana anticipate a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, where they hope to dispel myths and stereotypes held by resistant lawmakers. Twelve representatives and two senators co-sponsored House Bill 209—Regulation of marijuana, which would license the cultivation and sale of marijuana and tax cannabis products, including edibles and infused drinks. Chief sponsor Rep. Jared Olsen (R-Cheyenne), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, brought the bill only months after a majority of state residents said they support allowing adults to use marijuana without penalty. The bill would impose a 30 percent levy on marijuana sales and generate about $47 million a year in taxes, a state analysis of the measure says. Two thirds of the tax revenue generated annually—$30.7 million—would go to the school foundation fund. The other third—$15.35 million a year—would go to the local government of the jurisdiction in which the sales took place. The bill would license marijuana establishments that grow, test, manufacture, transport or sell marijuana. A microbusiness license would allow its holder to both grow and sell marijuana but have no more than 150 pot plants. Wyoming lawmakers have long resisted legalization of marijuana, but the people they represent last year showed a change of heart. Since 2014, when only 37 percent of residents supported allowing adults to possess marijuana for personal use, attitudes have shifted. By December last year more than half the state—54 percent—were behind legal adult use. “It’s time,” Sen. Cale Case (R-Lander) said. “I’m pretty conservative, but also a strong libertarian,” Case said. “I’ve decided Rep. Olsen has really done his homework and I’m going to support him.…

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