California Awards $35.5 Million In Marijuana Tax-Funded Grants To Repair Harms Of War On Drugs

California Awards .5 Million In Marijuana Tax-Funded Grants To Repair Harms Of War On Drugs
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California officials are distributing another round of community reinvestment grants totaling $35.5 million with tax revenue generated from recreational marijuana sales. The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced on Wednesday 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. This marks the fourth year that cannabis-supported funding has been disbursed through the California Community Reinvestments Grants (CalCRG) program. We're proud to announce 78 grants totaling $35.5M in awards through the California Community Reinvestment Grants (CalCRG) program. These grants will help serve communities across CA that have been disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs. More https://t.co/4p34ly6hOM — GO-Biz (@CAGoBiz) June 1, 2022 Dee Dee Myers, director of GO-Biz and senior advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), said that the program “continues to be an important tool for communities that still face systemic restrictions and barriers to opportunity and equity.” “This latest round of awards will support the economic justice and well-being of communities across our state that have been disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs,” Myers said. The grants to local health departments and non-profit organizations will support initiatives such as job placement, legal services for community reentry and mental health and substance misuse…

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