Nothing like some old-fashioned repression to increase curiosity, eh, Wyoming?
It’s basically the same principle that makes Bible Belters the most likely watch porn. According to Google searches, Wyoming — where weed is illegal — is the most Cannabis-curious state in the Union, reports K2 Radio.
Marketing agency Digital Third Coast put out a report on the popularity of marijuana across the country in states where the herb isn’t fully, or at all, legal.
Cannabis law reform has been singularly unsuccessful in the conservative cowboy-controlled halls of the Wyoming Legislature.
The Wyoming House Judiciary committee recently passed a medical cannabis bill in March, which then died after failing to meet a deadline.
Frank Latta, director of Wyoming NORML, said the group is announcing a ballot initiative for Cannabis on Friday. The initiative will cover both medical and adult-use marijuana.
Latta is a former representative in the Wyoming House from 2003 to 2005 and former mayor of Gillette. He said there is still a large amount of opposition to legalizing cannabis in any form from lawmakers. “The president of the senate said ‘I don’t care if you can turn marijuana to gold, I’ll vote against it.’
“And he told me this, ‘I don’t care if 90% of my constituents want it. I’m voting against it, it’ll never come to the senate,'” Latta said.
Across Wyoming there is majority support for legalization. A 2020 poll by the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming showing 54% of residents support adults legally possessing marijuana for personal use.
That is an increase in approval for Cannabis, which polled 37% in 2014, 41% in 2016, and 49% in 2018.