Illinois Uses $3.5 Million In Marijuana Revenue To Prevent Violence

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Illinois officials announced on Friday that they are awarding $3.5 million in grants funded by marijuana tax revenue to organizations that work to reduce violence through street intervention programs. This is the latest funding opportunity to be made available through the Restore, Reinvest, and Renew (R3) Program, which was created under Illinois’s cannabis legalization law. The policy stipulates that 25 percent of marijuana tax dollars must go to community reinvestment for communities most impacted by violence, incarceration and poverty. The new grants will support efforts to specifically combat violence during the summer months, when crime is typically highest. “We have to address the root causes of violence and invest in communities and the people who deserve more resources and opportunities than they have historically been given” Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton (D) said in a press release. “These grants will increase programming, job opportunities, provide safe spaces, and other positive outlets for youth and emerging adults. When we empower people, we change lives and communities.” Organizations based in 12 cities across Illinois—including Chicago and Joliet—will receive the funding. They include Bethel Family Resource Center, Boxing Out Negativity Inc., Free Lunch Academy, The Outlet and Youth With A Positive Direction. “Using a public health approach, this emergency response to summer violence will expand and increase resources aimed at addressing the risk of escalating violence, which is experienced each year in the state’s most vulnerable communities,” Delrice Adams, acting director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA), said. Illinois has proved to have a robust adult-use cannabis market that has generated significant tax revenue for these and other purposes. Based on monthly data, Illinois is set to see more than $1 billion in adult-use marijuana sales in 2021. And that, of course, means more tax dollars. Last year, Illinois sold about $670…

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