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Miller Chairs panel on study of pot 'edibles' in Wyoming

Apr 1, 2016 By Christina George, Staff Writer

A legislative committee will take another crack at establishing an edible marijuana law next year after the Wyoming Legislature failed to approve several efforts made during the recent session.

The Joint Judiciary Committee carried a bill that would have made possession of edibles containing marijuana, such as baked goods or candy, weighing less than a pound a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The proposed legislation failed, as did another bill that would have made three ounces of edibles be the threshold for a felony charge.

A third unsuccessful attempt would have focused on the exact amount of tetrahydrocannabinols - the main active ingredient in marijuana - as the measurement for severity of charges.

"The major issue is law enforcement and the state lab said they can't analyze for the amount of hallucinogens," said State Rep. David Miller, R-Riverton.

"Some of us think that the labs are going to have to figure that out and the states are going to have to figure that out.

I don't want people getting felonies for having 2.9999 ounces of flour and sugar and very, very little marijuana in whatever they are buying."

Miller co-chairs the Joint Judiciary Committee that he said will revisit marijuana edibles laws in the interim.

"Hopefully we come up with something this time. It is one of our main topics for the interim committee discussion," he said.

"We have to get it converted to the amount of chemical hallucinogens that is in whatever compound before it can be prosecuted."

The committee's first meeting since session concluded March 4 is scheduled for April 27-28 in Rock Springs.

"We are going to look at all the marijuana laws in general. I think we just want to look at what other states are doing. The position we have in Wyoming is pretty strict," Miller said. "But I think the major

thrust will be the marijuana edibles."

The committee will also study in the interim include the abuse of opioids, such as prescription drugs, and criminal justice reform. Specifically, the group will review sentencing, probation and parole reform and if people are getting through the system in a reasonable amount of time, Miller said.

There will also be work on post- conviction actual innocence, jail placement coordination, how information regarding child abuse is exchanged among different entities and funding to maintain the sex offender registration site.

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