Wyoming Liquor Division provides conference on alcohol and marijuana

CHEYENNE, Wyo.- According to a press release from the Department of Revenue, Liquor Division, "The state of Wyoming has recently seen a movement to legalize marijuana in the state and to address this issue, the Department of Revenue, Liquor Division is hosting a conference with industry experts to discuss the marijuana industry as it relates to alcohol and public safety.

Wyoming has entered the national conversation about medical marijuana due to the Peggy A. Kelley Cannabis Act of 2016 ballot initiative that would decriminalize medical marijuana and create a regulatory section within the Department of Revenue, Liquor Division. The ballot initiative was unable to gather enough signatures to get the initiative on the November ballot however the issue will again be presented in the near future.

As a member of the Governor’s Marijuana Impact Assessment Council, the Liquor Division was responsible for researching the creation and implementation of a marijuana program in Wyoming. Through this research, the Liquor Division recognized very quickly how complicated this program will be to implement. Wyoming’s limited population, federal regulations and funding sources are all but a few of the details the agency is facing under this initiative.

As the lead agency tasked with implementing and enforcing this new industry, the Liquor Division has sought expertise from other states that have recently been through this process.

The Liquor Division has assembled industry experts to discuss the marijuana industry and how it is regulated similar to alcohol. Program administrators from Colorado, Oregon and Washington will present how their marijuana programs were implemented in their respective states and how it compares to their alcohol regulatory system. The second half of the conference will entail a discussion of enforcement on Colorado highways from the Colorado Department of Transportation and what they are now seeing with the legalization of marijuana. Federal regulators from the National Highway Safety Administration will also provide an update in current studies they are conducting and national highway statistics based on alcohol and marijuana consumption. A medical expert from the American Board of Pain Medicine will share his experience with these drugs and where the medical community is headed. Finally, the conference will wrap up with a panel of Wyoming Law Enforcement personnel who are active in the drug enforcement arena. They will provide a glimpse of the problems affecting our communities and how we may be able to address these issues.

The Liquor Division wishes to invite all interested parties to attend the conference on August 2nd, 2016 in Laramie Wyoming at the Hilton Garden Inn. The Administrator of the Wyoming Liquor Division, Greg Cook will kick off the conference at 8 am. A continental breakfast and deli buffet lunch will be provided for all attendees.

Limited space is available, please contact Kelly Hunt at 307-777-6449 or by email at Kelly.hunt@wyo.gov to register.

Funding for the conference was provided by a grant from the National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association (NABCA) and the Wyoming Liquor Division. Wyoming is a founding member of the NABCA, which is the association of all control states for alcoholic beverages.
For further information the Wyoming Alcohol and Marijuana Conference, contact the Wyoming Liquor Division at (307) 777-6449."