Wyoming lawmakers dodge marijuana legalization discussion

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming House of Representatives killed both marijuana bills on March 22. The committee of the whole chose to not consider House Bill 82, implementation requirements for medical marijuana, and House Bill 209, regulation of marijuana, brought during the 66th legislative session.

House Bill 209 was passed by the Judiciary Committee in a 6-3 vote on March 12. The bill would have generated an estimated $49.15 million in revenue from retail marijuana in the fiscal year 2022.

Anticipated fiscal impacts for HB 209 included $30.7 million per year to the School Foundation Fund, 15.35 million per year to the Local sources fund, and 3.1 million in license fees in the fiscal year 2022. The projections were based on marijuana sales in Colorado, adjusted to the population of Wyoming.

Teton County Representative Mike Yin sponsored HB 209, along with 13 other lawmakers. Teton County Senator and Senate Minority Whip Mike Gierau co-sponsored HB 82.


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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.

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