Wyoming State Patrol warns marijuana possession still illegal north of the border


— For those in Northwest Colorado planning to take advantage of retail marijuana sales, make sure to stay south of the Wyoming border.

Any amount of marijuana, whether dried or in plant form, is illegal to possess in Wyoming, a news release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol stated.

From Steamboat Springs, Routt County Road 129 eventually crosses into Wyoming, and Baggs, Wyo., north of Craig is about an 1 1/2 hours away.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol currently does not plan to increase patrols along the state line to watch for those transporting marijuana, the release states.

Possession of 3 ounces or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor in Wyoming with a fine of as much as $1,000 and/or as many as 12 months behind bars. Possessing more than 3 ounces is a felony punishable by five years in prison and/or a fine of as much as $10,000.

Colorado residents 21 years and older are allowed to purchase 1 ounce of marijuana at a time and can possess the same amount.

Possession of drug paraphernalia also is a violation in the Wyoming, the release states.

The release also states that misdemeanor violations did increase slightly along the border after Colorado allowed medical marijuana.


bill schurman 3 years, 3 months ago

You would think that they would have better things to do. Watch out if you have Colorado plates.


jerry carlton 3 years, 3 months ago

As an ex-public defender you should love this. More business for Wyoming public defenders.


Clay Ogden 3 years, 3 months ago

You know, Jerry, most PDs would prefer to have less of a case load ... not more. I agree with Bill ... I think Wyoming law enforcement would have something better to do.


mark hartless 3 years, 3 months ago

Although they would deny it as a matter of course, I would imagine Wyoming Law Enforcement would derrive a great deal of satisfaction screwing with what many of them likely see as a bunch of gun-grabbin' stoners.

They probably have a little contest going to see which one can bust the most dope-heads and encounter the craziest "Cheech and Chongs" with Colorado tags.

I can see it being posted on the state line welcome signt now; their new state motto: "Keep your weed and your ass in Colorado... punks."


Anne Dawson 3 years, 3 months ago

WY state patrol are hardly going to say anything other than a reiteration of the law as it stands in their jurisdiction, just as Steamboat's own Joel Rae said yesterday, “You cannot consume marijuana in public, and if you do and we catch you, you do get a ticket.”

"And we catch you", mind.


Joey Bowman 3 years, 3 months ago

Maybe thy should crack down on the people making Meth in WY


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