Massachusetts Bill To Use Marijuana Tax Revenue For Police Training Draws Criticism

Massachusetts Bill To Use Marijuana Tax Revenue For Police Training Draws Criticism

A new large-scale policing reform bill proposed by a Massachusetts House committee would use marijuana tax revenue to fund law enforcement training programs—and at least one of the state’s cannabis regulators is questioning whether that’s the most appropriate use of the money. Following the Senate’s approval of law enforcement legislation last week, the House Ways and Means Committee attached the marijuana-funded police training measure as part of an amendment released on Sunday. Tucked inside the panel’s 93-page proposal is a provision stipulating that a Police Training Fund will be partially supported by “funds transferred from the Marijuana Regulation Fund.” While the state’s cannabis laws already say that marijuana tax revenue can go to “municipal police training” after covering the costs of implementation, advocates are frustrated that legislators seem to be using this reform bill to prioritize appropriating funds to law enforcement at this time when they feel it should be used to support restorative justice programs for communities most impacted by the drug war. “Where are the funds for communities of color promised in this law?” Shaleen Title, who serves as a commissioner on the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), told Marijuana Moment. The Massachusetts police reform bill that was just released (House version) directs cannabis tax revenue to the police pic.twitter.com/Bq6uNd1JfD — Shaleen Title (@shaleentitle) July 20, 2020 “California has awarded $40 million in cannabis equity grant funding in the past year. Illinois is investing a full 25 percent of its cannabis tax revenue into grants for disproportionately harmed…

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