The Status of Cannabis Legalization in Wyoming
There is no medical cannabis program in Wyoming, rather there is protection for patients who suffer from an intractable seizure disorder to use limited amounts of CBD and THC with a Hemp Extract Registration Card. Otherwise, the Cowboy State has failed to move forward with an official program, especially where the Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is concerned.
The Washington D.C.-based organization, which reports annually on the status of each U.S. state’s medical cannabis program, did however credit the region for approving HB171 in 2019, which grants approval for the 2018 Farm Bill, thus allowing a national hemp production program in the state.
“Specifically, the bill yields oversight and rulemaking authority of Wyoming’s hemp production and regulation program to the U.S. Department of Food and Drug Administration,” reports ASA.
Though Wyoming replaced a statewide pilot program with a solid federal policy, the state needs to do much more to raise its annual grade, reports the ASA.
“As Wyoming lawmakers look to 2021, ASA recommends organizing legislation to remove arbitrary caps on THC levels in authorized cannabis products to allow for more effective treatment, and entertain treatment of a larger population of patients with a diversity of health conditions,” reports the group.
Until Wyoming approves a medical cannabis program, thousands of patients who suffer from dozens of disorders proven to be relieved by the plant properties must seek relief some other way.
Becoming a Patient in Wyoming
Registering for protections under HB 32 requires that a patient (or a minor patient’s parent or legal guardian) complete an application and the patient’s neurologist complete two additional forms: a written certification and a patient evaluation record. A patient must also submit proof of residency and an application fee. After processing by the Department of Health the patient will be issued a Hemp Extract Registration card.
Without a designated statewide program, there are no caregiver laws set up in Wyoming.
Possession and Cultivation
There are no definitive possession laws regarding medical cannabis since the state of Wyoming does not have a program.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, the state does not offer any physician referrals, which is why Veriheal will set up shop in Wyoming when the state approves a medical cannabis program.
Veriheal will provide physicians for you once the state approves a program, which is the most difficult part of the process. After meeting with a certified doctor in a virtual video consultation from the comfort of your own home, the doctor will determine your eligibility based on a qualifying condition.