State of Wyoming Archives: on Drugs


Mary Throne: Voted NO on allowing property forfeiture in drug cases

Excerpts from legislation: Bill SF 14: Amends Property Forfeiture Laws: Relating to the Controlled Substances Act: Any person convicted of a [drug] violation shall not be subject to summary forfeiture. If the state seeks forfeiture, the indictment shall specifically identify the property sought to be forfeited; a separate forfeiture hearing will be held; and all property shall be returned unless there is a verdict of guilt.

Excerpts from veto message: Asset forfeiture has been in place in Wyoming for decades. Asset forfeiture takes the profit out of illegal drugs. Crime should not pay, especially drug crime. In some states civil forfeiture has been abused. We do not have the abuses found in other states. Those who speak against civil forfeiture have not found one abuse of law in a 40-year history.

Legislative outcome: Bill passed House 54-6-0, Feb. 9 (Rep. Mary Throne voted YEA); passed Senate 26-3-1, Feb. 27; vetoed by Gov. Mead, Feb 27

Source: Wyoming legislative voting records: SF 14 Feb 27, 2015

Matt Mead: Allow property forfeiture in drug cases

Excerpts from legislation: Bill SF 14: Amends Property Forfeiture Laws: Relating to the Controlled Substances Act: Any person convicted of a [drug] violation shall not be subject to summary forfeiture. If the state seeks forfeiture, the indictment shall specifically identify the property sought to be forfeited; a separate forfeiture hearing will be held; and all property shall be returned unless there is a verdict of guilt.

Excerpts from veto message: Asset forfeiture has been in place in Wyoming for decades. Asset forfeiture takes the profit out of illegal drugs. Crime should not pay, especially drug crime. In some states civil forfeiture has been abused. We do not have the abuses found in other states. Those who speak against civil forfeiture have combed Wyoming's forfeiture files and have not found one abuse of law in a 40-year history.

Legislative outcome: Bill passed House 54-6-0, Feb. 9; passed Senate 26-3-1, Feb. 27; vetoed by Gov. Mead, Feb

Source: Wyoming legislative voting records: SF 14 Feb 27, 2015

Charlie Hardy: Legalize marijuana

The Democratic candidates tangled over the oft-maligned filibuster that has continually left Congress in gridlock. Charlie Hardy, a retired priest from Cheyenne, compared Congress to children. "As we look at Congress, it's a bunch of misbehaving children not giving each other the chance to talk about things," Hardy said. "I don't think people should cut off the right of other people to discuss things in Congress."

Rex Wilde, a former Texan working in the energy industry in Cheyenne, said he would block the filibuster. "Yes, I would," Wilde said. "On the Hill right now, those people have totally lost touch with the working class."

Both candidates agreed that marijuana should be legalized. "I'm for full-blown legalization as soon as possible," Wilde said.

Source: Casper Star-Tribune on 2014 Wyoming Senate race Aug 14, 2014

Matt Mead: Narcotic prescriptions abused more than illegal drugs

The death rate for misuse of narcotic prescription drugs exceeds all other illegal drug and drunk-driving deaths combined. We need to better monitor narcotic prescription drugs at point of contact to prevent abuse and lower the death rate.

Other pressing matters include health issues, ag issues, law enforcement issues, our aging population. I would look closely at legislation you put before me that addresses them.

Source: 2011 Wyoming State of the State Address Jan 12, 2011

Keith Goodenough: DARE-style programs to educate kids about drugs and violence

Using the public education system to educate students about the dynamics of violence and what to do about it is an obvious possibility. We have a widespread effort through the DARE program directed toward the issue of drug usage, but no analogous program directed towards violence. There has been some progress made with the addition of bully proofing curriculums in some school districts, but the scope and range of these programs is still very limited.
Source: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, “Our Children Are Our Future” Feb 7, 2005

Tim Chesnut: Decriminalize marijuana possession & medical marijuana

Source: Wyoming 2004 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Jim Geringer: Supports drug courts & breaking the drug cycle

I support legislation to expand drug courts. We must keep our Methamphetamine Initiative energized! We need to drive science-based programs through the use of our new statistical analysis center within the University. We must reach out to more people, across Wyoming, to break this vicious cycle - a cycle, that fills and refills our prisons, jeopardizes our people and breaks so many parents hearts. Prevention, early intervention, treatment, control, follow-up, BREAKING THE CYCLE.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Wyoming Legislature Jan 10, 2001

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