JACKSON (WNE) — A woman who was held in Teton County Jail for two days after being charged with felony possession of liquid marijuana — the product she had was hemp oil — learned last week that the state of Wyoming won’t prosecute her.
“I do intend to dismiss the charge,” Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Clark Allan told the court Thursday morning.
Anita Maddux, a Montana native, instead pleaded guilty to driving without valid insurance, registration or a driver’s license.
Allan said Maddux has no criminal history and the case lacked evidence.
“I don’t want to send the message that we will not pursue these cases,” Allan said. “We will pursue these types of cases under the right circumstances. This case just isn’t it.”
Maddux was headed to Montana on July 8 when she was pulled over in Teton County.
In recent years, she has worked as an international aide outside the U.S. and hasn’t had the need to drive, so she let her license expire, she said.
But she returned to New Mexico and learned her mother had been diagnosed with stage-four cancer.
She told the court she didn’t have time to obtain the correct registration and renew her license. The CBD oil was found in Maddux’s purse when she was being booked at the jail, according to court documents.
Officers said it tested positive for THC and the liquid measured as a felony amount.
Allan said the Teton County Prosecutor’s Office uses common sense when it comes to pursuing these types of cases, but he said the law in Wyoming isn’t clear and needs to catch up. Some CBD oils contain THC, and some don’t.
“Some of these products have only trace amounts, and others are loaded with it,” Allan said.