CHEYENNE – Armed with signs that exclaimed “legalize, not legal lies” and “turning a red state green in 2016,” about 50 people marched for marijuana legalization here this morning.

The "Walk for Weed" began at the Union Pacific Depot and ended at the Wyoming Capitol, where activists circled the building as Gov. Matt Mead delivered his State of the State address inside. Wyoming NORML organized the walk to raise awareness of an initiative it is trying to get on the 2016 ballot that would legalize cannabis for medical and recreational purposes.

“We want the Legislature to know there are people all over Wyoming who are interested in legalizing cannabis in all forms,” said Chris Christian, a Jackson resident who is executive director of Wyoming NORML.

Rep. Jim Byrd, R-Cheyenne, has a bill that would decriminalize up to an ounce of marijuana. Christian supports the measure. But she also wants to legalize pot.

“We’re so tired of being put away for something that should be legal,” she said. “It’s a medicine. It’s a relaxer.”

The activists marched up Capitol Avenue, flanked by officers in patrol vehicles. Police also closed down each cross street, as activists chanted, “Make brownies not war!” “Smell is not a probable cause!” And, “Free the weed!”

Sis Morgan and Pam Revell-Wright traveled 100 miles from Guernsey for the march. Both have medical conditions that they believe would be relieved if they could use marijuana. They described using medications from Vicodin to Ambien to Celebrex. Morgan has to get her liver tested every three months because of potential damage from her medication, she said.

They believe marijuana could replace all of their pills. They have traveled to Colorado and tried marijuana. Both said they felt relief.

“I’ve only experimented with it to see if it helps,” said Revell-Wright, who suffers from arthritis and has had infusions in her spine. “I don’t want to break the law.”

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Reach state reporter Laura Hancock at 307-266-0581 or at laura.hancock@trib.com. Follow her on Twitter: @laurahancock.

(26) comments

Kool Kat
Kool Kat

I vote "no" to cannabis sativa or pot.
My Legislators told they would, as did my Senators.
Meantime, the "pot-heads" instate and Colorado march openly to open a new market for corruption.

WhatTha
WhatTha

I expect to see that level of dribble from you. Funny thing is, Barrasso actually made comment that was positive in response to someones request for him to push to review the status of marijuana as a schedule 1 drug. He pointed out there there are current bills in congress to do just that. He never said he wouldn't support, he just pointed out that decriminalizing marijuana will go against federal law. Thats that. So go spit you're broken opinions and lies out to other folks.

WhatTha
WhatTha

And there hasn't been ANY level of proof of 'corruption'. I'll tell you tho, Colorado has made more money on tax then anyone would have imagined. If it goes on the way it has gone since the first of the year, it will be one of the largest tax revenue the state has even seen.

So join the nay-sayers. We are people have to look at facts. Not some nearsighted opinion of the undereducated.

Kool Kat
Kool Kat

Its still a "no vote" from me and my representatives.
And just that you and I disagree doesn't mean you can call others names.

whatever
whatever

KK, where is this supposed name-calling? It is not name calling to identify you as a hypocrite who hates freedom and the constitution, you demonstrate it almost every time you comment.

Grandma4Cannabis
Grandma4Cannabis

uhh ya, those are all the same thing. What have you been drinking? And they say pot heads are stupid.

wyorock
wyorock

Should have arrested every one of those potheads, I had to drive 2 blocks out of my way to buy beer.

conservation know it all
conservation know it all

4 blocks is the arrest threshold.

ChrisChristian
ChrisChristian

LOL !!! ROTFL!!!! Glad :) :)

KT72013
KT72013

Kool Kat, what are you afraid of? Reefer Madness????

Kool Kat
Kool Kat

Not afraid just know what THC does to the brain.

Grandma4Cannabis
Grandma4Cannabis

Then you don't know much do you? Do you know what alcohol does to the entire body? What about what Cigarettes do? And GMO's oh let's not forget the air we breath. Oh and those Deadly cars that kill innocent people every day. What about McDonalds and Burger King, We better get all this stuff and much more prohibited because I guarantee you it all causes more deaths each year than Marijuana which has NEVER killed anybody EVER!
I suggest you read. " Cannabis for dummies"

Kool Kat
Kool Kat

Attn grandma, and we see enough alcoholism in our communities. All the more reason not to add additional burdens on law enforcement and tax paid government agencies that deal with problems.

ChrisChristian
ChrisChristian

You do??? Did you know that it regenerates nerve and brain cells? No you didn't - your ignorance is outstanding - get an education because without it Kool Kat, you won't have a job in the new industry that will make Wyoming and the rest of the world Thrive.

Autismom
Autismom

Get over it already!! Legalize it, it will save our economy!!! My dying uncle used it before he died a horrific death from stomach cancer! He should have been able to buy this medicine legally! Wait until everyone sees the $$$$$$ rolling into Colorado, even stubborn minds may change... $$$$$$$ tends to do that, you know...

Spin
Spin

Silly pot-heads!! Doubtful it will happen in WY. We don’t want increased access to drugs for our children!! Besides, who are you okay with being “high”? The mechanic that worked on your brakes? The pilot flying your family? The pharmacist that fills your prescription? The bus-driver that drives your kids to school? The plow-truck driver on icy roads? And on . . .and on . . .and on . .

Grandma4Cannabis
Grandma4Cannabis

So the access to your children of prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet, Cleaning supplies, McDonalds, Alcohol (including beer), Cigarettes, Video Games, Radiation from cell phones, Oh should I go on and on and on, These things all all ok for you children to be exposed to but not a medical miracle? I'll tell all of you anti freedom people something. I won't waste my breath on you. One thing I will say is this, When those children of yours have 300 seizures a week, and You are diagnosed with Cancer...etc. Please do NOT change your mind and decide you will give it a try. Good luck with your Chemo and your Big Pharma drugs. God speed.

ChrisChristian
ChrisChristian

I am ok with anybody being high any time as long as they endager no one else. What I am not ok with is people driving on Xanax, Lipitor, Linsiopril, amitryptiline, Oxycodone, and ALCHOHOL which are all perfectly legal, much more dangerous and TOXIC that Cannabis.

I am also not ok with people protecting children when they have no intention of protecting anything but their profits, Spin. Whatever spin you put on it, Silly potheads??? Not even.

Dedicated revolutionaries would be much more like it. I'll defend your rights for you - even though you don't seem to know or appreciate that you still have them.

Wyopoke
Wyopoke

I wasn't there to watch, but I'm wondering if the walk had any sponsors like Cheetos, Twinkie, or Taco Johns?

olhermit
olhermit

Gee, what a great idea. A pot parade to express support for legalization. Just in time start a new national movement. It is almost a victory parade programming the inevitable. It will be a lot of fun and lighten up the dialogue. There will be green flags waving everywhere.

think4yourself
think4yourself

I am fully in support of legalization. That being said...


The pictures from the rally are absolutely ridiculous. Are those of you who walked expecting to be taken seriously by the general public? I hope not because the majority of people I saw in those pictures are the exact people that are helping to keep legalization down by furthering the negative image of marijuana users. How about you guys cut your hair, put on some decent clothes, or at the very least turn your freaking hats around! You look like idiots. The signs you used look like they were created with the common phrase of "cool bro, this font is super tight"....what a joke. You want to be taken seriously? Then bring a little professionalism to your cause instead of perpetuating the stereotype.

ChrisChristian
ChrisChristian

I am aghast!!! Where is your festive spirit - and we were taken very seriously in spite of your conformist views. I didn't dress for anything but the weather and so that I could be *found* among all the other "ill-dressed" and decorated people. I'm so proud of us!

You just need to get over this "image thing" foisted on you by the media and think for yourself think4yourself - take your own good advice and don't be so "mainstream". We absolutely MEANT to look ridiculous in order to get your notice and you cannot say it didn't work just the way we planned it. Too bad it wasn't as much fun for you as it was for us.

Todd
Todd

Why don't they continue walking right on down to Colorado, let that state deal with them.

WYO2A
WYO2A

This is our state too. My family has been on our WY ranch since 1883, the ranch I grew up on. If harsh weather, hostile natives, a boom and bust economy, and all the other challenges we have faced have not pushed us out, what on gods green earth makes you think you can scare us off because you are afraid of a little plant?

Those of us who believe in limiting government intrusion in peoples lives live in WY for this very reason. Legalizing marijuana is a matter of liberty and personal responsibility. Too many "conservatives" in this state tend to try and ignore that.

ChrisChristian
ChrisChristian

Thumbs up here!!! Thanks!

ChrisChristian
ChrisChristian

Todd - we were walking north and Colorado is located south of our Capital - think maybe you were sampling some of my product there boy-o??? I'm not going anywhere but back to Cheyenne, over and over if I have to, to get these archaic laws changed and repealed. Now, if you want a ride to Colorado - or some other Red Hot Place, I can sure give you a lift :)

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