California grant program uses marijuana tax revenue to help people harmed by War on Drugs

California grant program uses marijuana tax revenue to help people harmed by War on Drugs

California announced this week that grant applications are now available to promote public health and economic justice for communities disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs. And those grants are being funded by legal marijuana tax revenue. The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development said the California Community Reinvestment Grants (CalCRG) program is meant to give eligible health departments and community-based nonprofit organizations resources to support “job placement, mental health treatment, substance use disorder treatment, system navigation services, legal services to address barriers to reentry, and linkages to medical care for communities disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policies, also known as the War on Drugs (WoD).” “The mission of the CalCRG program is to advance health, wellness, and economic justice for populations and communities harmed by the WoD,” the solicitation says. The state also described the guiding principles of the grant program:  Responsive to and focused on populations and communities disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs.Grounded in science and data, while being receptive to emerging and innovative approaches.Advancing whole person, trauma-informed care.Accountable to taxpayers and stakeholders. Marijuana excise and cultivation taxes are funding the program. For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, $30 million in grants will be made available. That will increase to $40 million for 2021-2022 and then $50 million for 2022-2023. It will remain at $50 million for subsequent years. Last year, the program made its first round of awards, amounting to $9.6 million in support for 69 separate grantees. The online portal to submit an application…

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