Incarceration rates in Wyoming and other states have been steadily declining following a peak in 2009. Since this time, many municipalities and jurisdictions have been offering alternative sentences for low-level offenses. There have also been reforms with certain police procedures, and some minor offenses have been decriminalized. Such efforts have resulted in a noticeable reduction in incarceration rates in the United States. In 2018, the FIRST STEP Act, which reduces sentences for non-violent offenses, was signed into law.
Residents in Afton, Wyoming are usually sentenced to about a year in jail if they are found to be in possession of marijuana. For each additional charge in the future, the length of time in jail increases as well as the fines that the person has to pay. Aside from a few states where selling and using marijuana is legal, it's still a crime in Wyoming. Jim Byrd is a sponsor and also a member of the democratic party who wants to see some of the marijuana laws in the state changed.