CANNABIS CULTURE – The continued prohibition of hashish in Wyoming is unconstitutional – AND the vast majority of the state’s resident need the liberty to decide on.

At the very least, that’s the argument from chemist and advocate for psychedelic substances, Casey William Hardison.

Hardison is representing himself earlier than a Teton County Legal Court docket. 

The forty-nine 12 months previous is a self-educated anthropologist who has devoted his time to learning consciousness and the connection between people and entheogenic and entactogenic medication since 1993. 

Casey William Hardison

Hardison was arrested in Yorkville, California in August of 2020 and extradited to Teton County, Wyoming. He’s charged with  three counts of Supply of a Managed Substance and two counts of Aggravated Assault and Battery.

In 2018, Hardison was concerned in a failed sting operation by Wyoming authorities who tried to arrest Hardison whereas he was promoting a number of kilos of hashish to an undercover police officer. There was a high-speed chase and Hardison eluded seize.

Even so, hashish advocates argue the present legal guidelines and Hardison’s subsequent arrest are a violation of the US Constitutional regulation.

“It’s completely ridiculous that persons are nonetheless getting criminalized for this,” mentioned Bennett Sondeno, Treasurer for the Wyoming department of the Nationwide Group for the Reform of Marijuana Legal guidelines (NORML). “Prosecution and regulation enforcement see it as simple wins, and a few of them see it as an ethical excessive floor.”

In accordance with a current ballot, 85% of the Wyoming inhabitants helps legalization of medical hashish use and 75% supporting decriminalization hashish all collectively.

Regardless of the polls, Sondeno stays cautious, “Though the inhabitants is now prepared for grownup use, at the least within the majority, I don’t suppose that the legislature is there but. If we see any motion on medical or decriminalization at this session that may be spectacular.”

Wyoming is neighbored by three states with authorized leisure hashish use, however the state nonetheless has a few of the nation’s harshest hashish legal guidelines. Even small quantity of possession is punishable by as much as 12 months in jail.

“We don’t have nice legal guidelines with respect to hashish however I think it’s going to get higher quickly,” mentioned Sondeno. Presently, there are payments for medical hashish and decriminalization of hashish within the works being put collectively by the Wyoming Legislative Service Workplace. In accordance with Sondeno the payments have been delayed due to COVID-19, however will probably be launched in late Might or June of 2021.

Hardison has had hassle with the regulation earlier than.

After establishing a analysis laboratory in his bungalow in the UK, he was arrested by authorities in February of 2004 and charged with possession with the intent to promote LSD and DMT, the smuggling of MDMA from the UK to the US, and the manufacturing of 2C-B, DMT, and LSD. 

After his launch in 2013, Hardison spoke concerning the incident to Vice Reporters saying, “I felt there was completely nothing unsuitable with what I used to be doing. I believed: There’s no approach {that a} regulation could make me responsible by statute for an act that was intrinsically harmless. That mentioned, I actually wasn’t delusory about the concept they have been going to attempt to punish me for what they thought I’d carried out unsuitable.”

Based mostly on his view that there’s a elementary flaw within the Western World’s view on medication and utilizing related arguments from his 2006 UK enchantment, Hardison that alcohol and tobacco fall underneath the definitions of a Schedule 1 substance as having each a “excessive potential for abuse” and “no accepted medical use,” and but Wyoming regulation preserves the liberties of the substance producers, and punishes any possession of medicine exterior of that realm.

The movement to dismiss the case remains to be pending and Hardison’s trial is scheduled to start out January 25, 2021.