Blunts are rolled up in Denver's Civic Center Park at a political event protesting proposed taxes on marijuana in September 2013. (Joe Amon, Denver Post file)

Sad Cowboy: Wyoming won’t have medical marijuana on 2016 ballot

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Hopes for Wyoming voters to legalize medical marijuana this year went up in smoke as organizers fell thousands of signatures short of getting the question on the 2016 ballot.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Wyoming chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws confirmed Monday that they didn’t get the necessary 25,600 signatures needed. Instead, they gathered just over 7,000 signatures.

Signatures are due on Feb. 8 for a question to be on the general election ballot.

NORML officials say they will look to get the question on the 2018 general election ballot, which means they will need to collect the remaining necessary signatures by early 2017. State law sets a deadline of 18 months from when signature collection began.

Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle