Target: James Byrd, Wyoming House of Representatives
Goal: Decriminalize the use of small amounts of marijuana, freeing up resources to pursue malicious crimes
A bill sponsored by Wyoming Representative James Byrd aims to significantly reduce sentences for individuals caught with up to one ounce of marijuana. The proposed revision to Wyoming’s possession statues would create an exemption for marijuana, reducing possession of up to half an ounce to a mere $50 civil penalty. Possession of up to an ounce would be a $100 civil penalty, roughly equivalent to a traffic ticket.
By considerably reducing the sentence for possession of marijuana in small amounts, the proposed bill frees up valuable law enforcement resources to pursue more serious crimes. Currently, courts and jails are congested with individuals who are caught with small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Between police hours lost to booking these nonviolent offenders and taxpayer money spent incarcerating them, valuable and limited police resources are being wasted on lesser offenses like marijuana possession.
Rep. Byrd’s proposed bill would save money in legal proceedings, prison costs, and officer wages. Marijuana decriminalization would free up these resources for use in targeting violent crimes and other such serious offenses. Sign the petition below and encourage sensible allocation of police resources.
Dear Representative James Byrd,
You recently sponsored a bill to significantly reduce sentences for individuals in possession of small amounts of marijuana. After a long history of police resources being wasted in pursuit of nonviolent offenders, Bill 49 comes as a welcome relief. This reasonable approach towards civil sentences for individuals found with up to one ounce of marijuana is a necessary step in reducing government waste.
Reduced sentencing means that officers will no longer need to spend hours booking people in possession of pot, which will free up law enforcement resources to patrol and pursue the offenders of dangerous crimes. It also means less taxpayer money spent on costs associated with needless incarceration, including the cost of legal proceedings and prison housing.
By working to make the public safer through the use of inexpensive citations, Bill 49 demonstrates a commitment to making Wyoming a great place and a wonderful model for other states throughout our nation.
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