Wyoming's medical cannabis ballot initiative cleared its first major hurdle on Wednesday.
The Wyoming Secretary of State certified the required sponsor signatures to begin the process. Only 100 were needed, supporters of medical cannabis in Wyoming provided 250.
The Libertarian Party, which is backing the initiative, said it now allows supporters to start gathering 41,776 signatures from people across Wyoming. If that is successful, it would qualify to go before voters on the 2022 ballot. The initiative would legalize medical cannabis and decriminalize marijuana for personal use.
As FOX 13 reported earlier this year, one of those who worked on Utah's medical cannabis ballot initiative is now in Wyoming to push that state toward legalization.
"The Wyoming advocates behind this effort have worked very hard to draft initiatives that will work for the people of Wyoming. We are excited to begin the signature gathering process to let everyone in Wyoming have a voice," said Christine Stenquist of the group Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE) in a statement.
Like Utah, medical cannabis advocates in Wyoming had tried to persuade their legislature to legalize it and create a program. When that failed, they launched the ballot initiative.