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Edible Marijuana Bill Dies

A bill that would have clarified how edible marijuana possession would be handled in the courts has died. That's after it failed to come up for debate on the final day to discuss bills in the House. 

The Senate had passed a bill that would have made possessing three ounces of marijuana-infused edibles a felony, but the House reduced that to a misdemeanor.  

Three ounces of leafy marijuana is a felony in the state, but lawmakers were asked to clarify what constitutes a felony for marijuana laved food and drink after a Wyoming Judge ruled that she couldn’t convict anyone of a felony for having edible marijuana, since it wasn't clear how much pot was in the product. 

Wyoming officials say they don’t have a way to measure THC content in a marijuana laced food or drink item.

Without the legislation, Laramie Representative Charles Pelkey said things remain the same.

“So what we’ve got is a status quo, it makes it easier possibly for defense attorneys to defend against it, but we also have a law that essentially will allow people to be prosecuted for flour, sugar, chocolate, and a little bit of pot.”

Pelkey said figuring out how to measure marijuana content in an edible is something the legislature still needs to resolve. 

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
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