Next week, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe of Wyoming will vote on legalizing medical marijuana on their Wind River Reservation.
According to the Casper Star-Tribune, a group called So-go-Beah Naht-Su — which means “mother earth and medicine” in Shoshone — has been advocating for the benefits of medical marijuana, leading up to a vote on May 15.
The reservation is just 80 miles from the southeastern Idaho border, though mountain roads put the reservation three-to-four hours away from Pocatello or Idaho Falls.
Idaho is increasingly surrounded by marijuana-tolerant states. Oregon and Washington have had legalized marijuana for years now. Nevada legalized in 2016 and Montana did so last year. Utah in 2018 passed a medical marijuana law and Wyoming allows the use of low-THC CBD oils. Canada has also legalized marijuana, leaving Idaho with no road out of the state that doesn’t lead to some form of legal cannabis.
Recent polling from the University of Wyoming shows majority support in the state for marijuana legalization. Republican lawmakers this session introduced a marijuana legalization proposal, in part to undercut a potential citizens’ initiative, but the measure stalled in the legislature after advancing through committee.