Pro-marijuana paraphernalia adorns Scott Sidman as he encourages passers-by in Casper on Wednesday, May 25, to sign a petition that would put a medical marijuana initiative in front of Wyoming voters. The deputy director of Wyoming NORML, Sidman believes cannabis would help him recover from five back surgeries and the effects of taking addictive medications derived from opium for 10 years. (Tim Kupsick/WyoFile)

On the corner of Legion Lane and Wyoming Boulevard, Scott Sidman adorns himself with pro-marijuana regalia as he encourages drivers to support a petition that would put a medical-marijuana initiative before voters in 2018. Sidman is the deputy director of Wyoming NORML, the state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The group hopes the proposed Peggy A. Kelley Wyoming Cannabis Act will become law if it can get enough signatures to secure a spot on the ballot. Although more than seven out of 10 Wyoming residents approve of medical marijuana, the Wyoming Legislature has legalized only some derivatives of hemp. Medical-marijuana advocates say those derivatives are insufficient and that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to acquire such medication legally in Wyoming. See Wyoming’s war on weed for the first in a series of stories on marijuana laws in Wyoming.

Angus M. Thuermer Jr.

Angus M. Thuermer Jr. is the natural resources reporter for WyoFile. He is a veteran Wyoming reporter and editor with more than 35 years experience in Wyoming. Contact him at angus@wyofile.com or (307)...

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