US (CA): $35.5 million In cannabis tax-funded grants to repair harms of war on drugs

California officials are distributing another round of community reinvestment grants totaling $35.5 million with tax revenue generated from adult-use cannabis sales.

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced on Wednesday, June 1st, that they’ve awarded 78 grants to organizations throughout the state that will support economic and social development in communities disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs.

“Harsh federal and state drug policies enacted during that period led to the mass incarceration of people of color, decreased access to social services, loss of educational attainment due to diminished federal financial aid eligibility, prohibitions on the use of public housing and other public assistance, and the separation of families,” a press release from the office says.

The cannabis-derived funds will be used to support efforts such as job placement, mental health and substance use disorder treatment, legal services, and linkages to medical care.

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