The latest Pew Research Center survey about marijuana legalization shows that across the United States, six out of ten people support legal cannabis. But in Wyoming, support for legalization lags behind the national average. Less than half of adults in Wyoming support legalizing cannabis for adult use, according to a new survey. However, that less-than-majority support represents a significant increase from where Wyomingites fell on the issue four years ago. And the growing support for legal weed comes as Wyoming lawmakers work to tighten the state’s cannabis laws, already among the strictest in the nation.

Why Is Wyoming So Anti-Weed?

Since Colorado passed its landmark adult use law, Amendment 64, back in 2012, its neighbor Wyoming has kept a fraught eye on the cannabis industry there. Meanwhile, researchers at the University of Wyoming have been studying how legalization elsewhere is changing attitudes toward cannabis there.

Conducted by the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center at UW, the most recent poll shows that 49 percent of Wyoming voters support legalizing marijuana. The poll is the third in a series of biannual surveys university researchers began conducting in 2014. Over those four years, researchers say that support for legal adult-use cannabis has risen

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