Marijuana Education

The PMO’s partners for marijuana education include:

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA’s mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. This involves:

  • Strategically supporting and conducting basic and clinical research on drug use (including nicotine), its consequences, and the underlying neurobiological, behavioral, and social mechanisms involved.
  • Ensuring the effective translation, implementation, and dissemination of scientific research findings to improve the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and enhance public awareness of addiction as a brain disorder.

Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director of NIDA, conducted two presentations for statewide audiences in Wyoming in 2016. Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of NIDA, will be the keynote speaker (via video) at the PMO’s 2017 statewide Marijuana Summit to be held in Cody.


The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program (HIDTA) is an important component of the President’s National Drug Control Strategy which provides additional federal resources to those areas to help eliminate or reduce drug trafficking and its harmful consequences. Law enforcement organizations within HIDTAs assess drug-trafficking problems and design specific initiatives to reduce or eliminate the production, manufacture, transportation, distribution and chronic use of illegal drugs and money laundering to “reduce drug trafficking & related crime and violence.”
The Rocky Mountain HIDTA was established in 1996 and has responsibility for the following geographic areas:

  • Colorado: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Garfield, Jefferson, LaPlata, Larimer, Mesa, Pueblo, and Weld counties
  • Montana: Cascade, Flathead, Gallatin, Lewis and Clark, Missoula, Yellowstone counties
  • Utah: Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, Washington and Weber counties
  • Wyoming: Albany, Campbell, Laramie, Natrona, Sweetwater and Uinta counties

The Rocky Mountain HIDTA has conducted numerous presentations across Wyoming on the topic of the Impact of Marijuana Legalization in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain HIDTA reports are available at


The Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)

The Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program was established by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in June of 1999. In 2015 the program expanded into Idaho and was renamed the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA. The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA consists of 13 counties and the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Counties in the HIDTA include Oregon’s Clackamas, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Lane, Linn, Malheur, Marion, Multnomah, Umatilla and Washington counties, and Idaho’s Ada and Canyon counties.

Chris Gibson, the Executive Director of the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA will participate in the PMO’s 2017 statewide marijuana summit to be held in Cody, Wyoming.
The Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police (WASCOP)

WASCOP represents its members at the federal, state, and local level through members serving on boards, commissions, and coalitions, representation at the Wyoming State Legislature, and charitable activity across the state on behalf of our members.

The objectives of the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police are to:

  • Foster and develop professionalism and integrity within the Wyoming Law Enforcement community
  • Identify and advance positive change within the law enforcement profession
  • Enhance communications between the public, law enforcement agencies, and other governmental entities
  • Provide leadership on all law enforcement issues within the State of Wyoming.


WASCOP has worked with the PMO on many projects, including:

  • Promotion and distribution of the There is No Debate campaign for marijuana education

Statewide tour featuring Ben Cort from Colorado