Marijuana Infused Edibles Pose Problem for Prosecution

Apr 21, 2015

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Judges and attorneys are concerned about how to prosecute possession of edible marijuana products in Wyoming. Under current law, the entire edible, like a cookie or a lollipop is weighed and those in possession of more than three ounces of any marijuana-infused product can be charged with a felony

The Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee is tackling the issue over several meetings after hearing concerns during the last legislative session. Senator Leland Christensen chairs that committee and says the Wyoming Controlled Substances Act is too vague on edibles.

In this case, when we're starting to talk about what may be in a baked good, are we sure we want to charge for butter and flour and things like that? By today's definition we would...

"In this case, when we’re starting to talk about what may be in a baked good, are we sure we want to charge for butter and flour and things like that? By today’s definition we would, so those are all issues that are going to get fleshed out as the conversation goes forward."

The problem is that it is difficult to determine exactly how much marijuana is in any given edible product without very expensive equipment. Christensen says the committee could have new legislation for next year’s session. The committee will next meet in Gillette in August.