CASPER, Wyo. State House Judiciary Committee members defeated a bill which would have made marijuana possession of any amount a misdemeanor.
Currently, possession of more than three ounces is a felony.
“We’re felonizing a lot of young men and women who are carrying that felony and it takes away their right to vote, it takes away their right to carry firearms, they’ve got to put in on their application for jobs from here on out.
It’s a devastating effect.” Said Representative Tyler Lindholm.
Opponents say this bill is just not right.
“It was just too loosely written and it lowered the possibility that we wouldn’t prosecute dealers.” Said Representative Mark Jennings.
Though this bill failed, both sides admit there is a need for reform.
“We don’t want to be felonizing people, kids, that do stupid things and so I look forward to when that bill comes forward but I haven’t seen it yet.”
“I’m just going to keep pressing on this issue. It’s a big issue and it’s
affecting a lot of families throughout the State of Wyoming. We got to
get our arms around this deal."
Lindholms says he is not for legalization of recreational marijuana.
The bill would have also reduced all previous felony marijuana convictions to misdemeanors.