Pot legalization in Wyoming

2012-11-08T11:37:00Z Pot legalization in WyomingBy JOSHUA WOLFSON Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana this week.

I wouldn’t be surprised if other states follow suit. Attitudes about marijuana are changing. This poll, taken a year ago, shows half the country now supports legalizing pot.

I wonder why the issue hasn’t gained more traction in Wyoming. Yes, Wyoming is about as red of a state as you’ll find. But it also has a strong libertarian streak, despite recent inroads by social conservatives.

Wyomingites place a lot of value in letting people make their own choices, rather than relying on the government for guidance. They also want small, unobtrusive government. It seems to me that marijuana legalization would appeal to both values.

Yes, you might say, but red states aren’t all the high on drugs. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) But Alaska, another solidly Republican state, has pretty lax attitudes toward personal marijuana use.

Contact Joshua Wolfson at 307-266-0582 or at josh.wolfson@trib.com. Visit http://trib.com/news/opinion/blogs/wolfjammies to read his blog. Follow him on Twitter @joshwolfson.

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  1. brianvmax
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    brianvmax - November 13, 2012 9:54 am
    i can say i never had and employee come in with a massive hang over from doing marijuana. i dont like it myself-prefer beer but each to their own is the way i feel. and yes we should be hooked up with the lottery at this point, but then again they think bringing all these chain eateries into casper at min wage is economic development.
  2. Skroobius
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    Skroobius - November 10, 2012 8:32 am
    It will never happen here until some truth comes out. People still think us stoners are dangerous folks. (As I sit here sipping my coffee and doing my calculus homework)
  3. Panhead
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    Panhead - November 09, 2012 7:50 am
    I say go for it. Gets my vote.
  4. patroit
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    patroit - November 09, 2012 6:33 am
    are you kidding these tight arses wont let a lottery come to wyoming that could have funded a library with ease. or schools or anything else they need. they prefer free handouts like the auto makers and bankers. once wyoming was strong and hasd surpluses to see us though another downturn, not anymore. they spent us in to the poor house where we are obligated after taking funding from the feds. gee wonder hows that going to work when all the substudies for wind towers and ethonal and compressed gas are gone? we can twist in the wind in the dar, without fuel.
  5. it's me
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    it's me - November 08, 2012 9:16 pm
    Thats right. We could tax pot and build new libraries, and ervery thing else we need here in wyoming
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