Wyoming Highway Patrol issues warning about marijuana possession, driving under the influence

CHEYENNE, Wy. - The Wyoming Highway Patrol is warning people not to bring marijuana across the border from Colorado.

"Any amount of marijuana in either dried or in plant form in the State of Wyoming is illegal to possess," the Wyoming Highway Patrol wrote on its Facebook page.

Officials said individuals who possess three ounces or less may be charged with a misdemeanor violation that carries a penalty of imprisonment for not more than 12 months, a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or a combination of both.

Individuals found with an amount of marijuana over three ounces will be charged with a felony which can result in imprisonment for up to 5 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.00.

"Just like alcohol, it is unlawful to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance," the WHP wrote. "A conviction of driving while under the influence of a controlled substance can get you imprisonment for not more than 6 months and/or a fine of not more than $750.00."

Officials said troopers did see a slight increase in misdemeanor violations near the Colorado/Wyoming border when the State of Colorado allowed medical marijuana to be legally possessed.