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Libertarian Party submitting two marijuana ballot initiatives in Wyoming ahead of 2022 election

A marijuana legalization supporter at rally outside the Wyoming Capitol in January 2021. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Libertarian Party along with other activists and community members will be delivering two marijuana-related ballot initiatives to the Wyoming Secretary of State on Friday.

One initiative would legalize medical marijuana for personal use in Wyoming. The other would decriminalize marijuana for personal use.

85% of Wyoming residents support legalizing medical marijuana, according to a University of Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC) survey conducted in Oct. 2020. 75% support decriminalizing marijuana in Wyoming and 54% are in favor of full legalization.

“The Wyoming state legislature has introduced cannabis decriminalization bills on and off for 30 years; however, this year was the first year the legislation was voted out of committee (6-3),” a Tuesday press release announcing the ballot initiatives states. “Unfortunately, the legislative session year ended before the full House could take up the bill for a vote.  These ballot initiatives would allow the people of Wyoming to vote on these issues directly in the general election of 2022.”

Organizers of the ballot initiatives will hold a press conference at 1 pm Friday, June 11 on the steps of the Wyoming State Capitol, located at 200 West 24th Street in Cheyenne.

People speaking at the press conference will include:

  • Wyoming State Rep. Marshall Burt
  • Joe Bishop-Henchman, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee;
  • Tyler Harris, Executive Director of the Libertarian Party
  • Christine Stenquist, patient and activist
  • other activists and community leaders

Wyoming NORML Executive Director Bennett Sondeno said in an email on Monday that they are also collaborating on the ballot initiatives with the Libertarian Party, TRUCE out of Utah and the Wyoming Patients Coalition.