420 with CNW – Illinois Unveils $31 Million Program to Address Harms of Marijuana Prohibition

May 26, 2020 04:20:01

For a long time, the federal government has outlawed cannabis, and it is no question that certain communities have suffered most from its decades’ long law war on marijuana. Aside from creating new job opportunities and producing tax revenue from sales, advocates for legalizing marijuana have argued that legalizing it would be the first step in stopping this unfair persecution. Indeed, several states that have legalized cannabis within their borders have directed substantial funds towards repairing the damage the war on drugs has had on certain communities.

Illinois, for instance, has had a very lucrative legal cannabis scene, and a large percentage of the funds received from cannabis sales tax has been channeled towards good causes. On Tuesday, for instance, the state announced that $31.5 million derived from cannabis sales tax has been made available in restorative justice grants. Last year, Governor J.B Pritzker signed a legalization bill that established a Restore, Reinvest, and Renew [R3] program which was created to provide grant opportunities for ‘communities impacted by economic disinvestment, violence and the severe multilayered harm caused by…


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