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Councilman price seeks to use cannabis tax revenue to help harmed communities

Los Angeles Councilman Curren Price Tuesday introduced a motion to explore allocating a portion of the city’s Cannabis Business Tax to fund programs in communities disproportionately hit by marijuana prohibition.

“In an effort to decrease disparities in life outcomes for marginalized communities, and to address the disproportionate impacts of communities harmed by the decades of criminalization of cannabis, the city should explore establishing a similar policy (to) the states of Illinois and New York, and dedicate a portion of its cannabis tax revenue to be reinvested into these communities,” the motion reads.

According to the motion, which was seconded by Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Illinois’ Restore, Reinvest and Renew Program sets aside a quarter of cannabis tax revenue for violence prevention, reentry, youth development, economic development and civil legal aid services in parts of the state that have high rates of incarceration, gun injuries, child poverty and unemployment.

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Published: May 11, 2021

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