In Wyoming, pot is illegal. Not so in neighboring Colorado, where recreational marijuana is available in a variety of different forms.
The general feeling is that if you bring marijuana legally purchased in Colorado into Wyoming, you’ll probably get into trouble. But what kind of trouble remains to be seen.
Lawmakers in Wyoming have been trying to adapt their laws to account for more than just leafy pot since 2015, when a couple of Wyoming judges ruled that state law does not have specific penalties for marijuana-laced edibles.
Wyoming makes 3 ounces of leafy marijuana a felony. Maka Kalai, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Fort Collins, Colo., pot retailer Organic Alternatives, says smoking that much pot would take a long time.
“It would absolutely take me at least three months, if not six months, to finish 3 ounces of cannabis,” he says.
“The argument has always been that if you have over a certain amount it’s no longer considered for personal use,” explains Laramie Police Chief Dale Stalder. “You must be possessing it in order to sell it to somebody else.”
But if 3 ounces of leafy pot is a lot, 3 ounces of edible pot may seem rather modest once one considers the flour in a brownie, sugar in candies, or water in a beverage.
“The fundamental problem is whether you want to charge someone as a felon for bringing a 16-ounce, THC-laden drink back into the state of Wyoming,” says Democratic state Rep. Charles Pelkey.