Later this month the moon will pass between the earth and the sun, creating an almost perfect solar eclipse, and giving us yet another late summer occasion to hang out in nature and get stoned with our friends. But if you’re planning on rolling up cones and heading to Wyoming for clear skies and total blackout, you might want to reconsider.
On August 21st, most of America will be able to see parts of the astrological event, but hundreds of thousands are expected to flock to Wyoming to experience the “path of totality,” or complete eclipse, and according to Westword, Cowboy State cops are not excited about the type of tourist attracted to the scientific phenomenon. The Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police released a statement this week warning tourists from nearby Colorado, Nevada, Washington and Colorado to leave their bud behind.
"Traffic laws will be strictly enforced, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be tolerated on Wyoming's roadways," WASCOP executive director Byron Oedekoven said. "Medical marijuana is not legal in Wyoming, and even if you have a card from another state, it is still illegal to possess marijuana in Wyoming. If you are caught with any controlled substance, you will be charged with a misdemeanor or felony drug offense depending upon how much of that substance you have in your possession."
While Wyoming shares a state line with Colorado, the cannabis laws are nowhere near the same. Outside of a restrictive, CBD only, medical marijuana program, carrying even one joint could land you up to a year behind bars, and even being under the influence of ganja is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to six months in jail.
So if you’ve got plans to get stoney for the solar eclipse, it might be a better idea to stay home and catch whatever is visible from the comfort of your own backyard or rooftop, or make the trip to Oregon, a state also in the eclipse’s “path of totality,” but one that doesn’t shun those of us who like to enjoy a little Skywalker OG with our skyward viewing.