A bud tender holds two marijuana buds on his fingers on the way to a customer at the Denver Kush Club in north Denver. AP Photo/David Zalubowski

CHEYENNE – The group trying to get voters to decide whether to legalize medical marijuana in Wyoming will fall short of the state’s requirements to get the question on the 2016 ballot.

A spokeswoman with Wyoming chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws confirmed Monday that the group will not collect the necessary number of signatures by next week’s deadline.

Volunteers were only able to collect about 7,120 signatures, according to unofficial county-by-county tally provided by NORML.

That amount is just over one-quarter of the nearly 25,600 signatures of registered voters that the state requires for a citizen-led initiative to make the ballot.

But supporters are hoping they will be able to get the question on the 2018 ballot.

To do that, organizers will need to collect the necessary signatures by early 2017.

Wyoming NORML members said the group faced an uphill battle given the state’s stringent requirement for citizen-led initiatives to make the statewide ballot.

The organization also faced internal struggles during the past several months that eventually led to the resignation of its former director.

Read more about what comes next for the push to legalize medical marijuana in Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and at

Trevor Brown is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s state government and military reporter. He can be reached at or 307-633-3121. Follow him on Twitter @tbrownwyo.

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