State Senator open to medical marijuana in Wyoming - KOTA Territory News

State Senator open to medical marijuana in Wyoming


Marijuana is legal in Colorado. Medical use is legal in Montana. In between a state senator in Sheridan would like to see medical marijuana come to Wyoming.

"I just see it as a tool to be used by doctors and available at pharmacies like most other drugs," said Sen. Bruce Burns, R-District 21.

Burns says 35 years ago his uncle was dying of cancer, unwilling to eat and in pain. But after getting him some marijuana he seemed more at peace.

"It had an incredible effect on him. He actually gained his appetite back and he gained 15 pounds before he actually died. It gave him quite a bit of comfort," said Burns.

Burns declined to describe how his uncle got the drug. But he doesn't want his state to resemble Colorado or see drug addicts abuse the system.

"I think it should go through pharmacies and should be subject to strict provisions of prescription by doctors," said Burns.

Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Recluse, recently announced plans to introduce a bill next month legalizing medical marijuana in Wyoming. Talking with people on the Sheridan streets, most seem ok with it if done right.

"Part of me is in favor because it'll help people, if they need it," said Judy Frey of Sheridan.

"I am not a user of marijuana. However I have seen its uses on a medical level," said Margi Schroth of Saddlestring, WY.

But getting the conservative legislature to approve a bill this year is a tough chore.

"This is a budget session coming in. You've got to get two-thirds of the vote just for introduction. I don't think enough legislators will feel they know enough about it," said Burns.

Burns says back in 2003 on the Senate Judiciary Committee, he voted for the last medical marijuana bill introduced in Wyoming. But it was never brought to the floor for debate. He adds he has not seen a final draft of the Wallis bill, and won't support or oppose it until he does so.

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