Policy Recommendations Wyoming

2019-2020 Improvements and Recommendations for Wyoming

While no functional changes were made to the state's extremely limited low-THC CBD law since last year's edition of this report, Wyoming did approve HB 171 in 2019. This legislation follows congressional approval of the 2018 Farm Bill, which authorized a national hemp production program to replace the previously existing national pilot program. Specifically, the bill yields oversight and rulemaking authority of Wyoming's hemp production and regulation program to the U.S. Department of Food and Drug Administration. Wyoming's hemp production plan was approved by USDA in the spring of 2020, allowing for in-state production of hemp-derived CBD as well as other hemp products to go forward. The Wyoming Department of Agriculture approved its first processing and production license in March of 2020.

As Wyoming lawmakers look to 2021, ASA recommends organizing legislation to remove arbitrary caps on THC levels in authorized cannabis products to allow for more effective treatment, and entertain treatment of a larger population of patients with a diversity of health conditions. ASA also encourages immediately implementing state protections for patients related to housing, employment, education and parental rights, significant expansion of the state's list of eligible conditions acceptable for cannabis treatment, and a focus on improving product safety regulations. Finally, ASA recommends authorizing a licensing system to support cultivation and sale of in-state medical cannabis and related products to patients, as well as permitting patients to cultivate cannabis at home for medical use. Such a system would offer patients a greater variety of options to treat their condition, and address cost challenges cannabis patients face due to the lack of insurance coverage of cannabis products.