- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Marijuana activists say they want state lawmakers to legalize pot now rather than wait for voters to do it.

Dozens demonstrated outside the state Capitol Monday as Gov. Matt Mead delivered his State of the State address, marking the beginning of this year’s legislative session.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle (http://bit.ly/1fd1Lyc ) reports the group was led by Chris Christian of Jackson, the executive director of Wyoming’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law.

She said activists are prepared to get the issue on the 2016 ballot if they can’t get lawmakers to act before then.

Rep. James Byrd of Cheyenne has introduced a bill to decriminalize possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Christian says it’s an incremental step in the right direction but not enough.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com