Illinois Awards $45 Million In Marijuana Tax-Funded Grants To Support Communities Damaged By Drug War

Illinois Awards Million In Marijuana Tax-Funded Grants To Support Communities Damaged By Drug War
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Illinois officials announced on Thursday that they are awarding $45 million in grants, using funds generated from taxes on adult-use marijuana sales, to support community reinvestment in areas “hardest hit by the failed war on drugs.” This is the second round of funding that’s being made available through the state’s Restore, Reinvest, and Renew (R3) program, which was established under Illinois’s adult-use cannabis legalization law. The $45 million will support 148 programs run by organizations operating on relatively small budgets in communities designated as socioeconomically disadvantaged. The state first announced that applications for this grant round were open in December. ICJIA Awards $45 Million in Restore, Reinvest, and Renew (#R3) Program Grants Supporting 148 programs across Illinois Read more + view list of grantees:https://t.co/naEcbzJPFc#R3 #RestoreReinvestRenew #equitymatters pic.twitter.com/Ci0e5LIl3k — ICJIA (@ICJIA_Illinois) June 23, 2022 “A modern and equitable cannabis industry requires equity, opportunity, and a robust investment in righting the wrongs of the war on drugs,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) said in a press release. “That means investing in our underserved communities who’ve gone far too long without the funding and resources they need and deserve to heal and prosper.” “We’re proud to use cannabis revenue to directly support community-based organizations invested in creating opportunity,” he said. Under Illinois’s recreational marijuana law, 25 percent of tax revenue generated from cannabis sales must support communities that are economically distressed, experience high rates of violence and have been disproportionately impacted by drug criminalization. The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) said it received 512 completed submissions for the R3 grants that were then vetted by community residents and stakeholders. Among the grant recipients are the Illinois Prison Project, Illinois Equity Staffing LLC, Lifehouse Recovery Organization, Resilience Partners NFP and Women in Need Recover, each of which received about $1.5 million. Grant amounts varied, with…

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