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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!”

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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.

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