At a brilliant moment for the cannabis reform movement, Illinois recreational cannabis sales tax revenue raised $ 858,669 to Peoria Public Schools (PPS) to help rebuild the troubled southern end of the city – a solution for persistent poverty in the region.
House bill 1438or the Law on Regulation and Taxation of Cannabis (CRTA), signed by Governor JB Pritzker, included a plan to allocate 25 percent of cannabis revenues to communities affected by the war on drugs. The plan was called R3 – or an acronym for the words “restore, reinvest and renew”.
Quad City Times reports that this is exactly what lawmakers were hoping for with the introduction of cannabis sales. “R3 is so important to me because I felt it was incredibly important that we take some of them when legalizing a product that has been used for the past 80 years to primarily punish black and brown people Resources to sell this product and begin re-investing in repairing some of the communities devastated by the drug war. ” said Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth, who was instrumental in creating R3.
Some of the influx of tax revenue could be due to the following Record sales of cannabis in Illinois last summer. PPS is working on a plan to reduce and fight poverty. For example, one program provides legal assistance to students studying criminal justice, while another helps incarcerated people successfully re-accustom themselves to society.
Other programs focus on mental health treatment and substance abuse, career coaching for students, and reproductive health education. Legal assistance to overturn previous convictions of cannabis-related crimes is also funded.
“We are here in one of the most polluted communities in the state and nation, 61605, at Trewyn School,” said PPS Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat during a press briefing at the school Tuesday morning. “And this community… is affected by the horrors of violence exacerbated by the concentration of divestment identified by the incidence of gun injuries, child poverty, unemployment and incarceration, and the list goes on and on and on. The inequalities, difficulties, and sufferings of life are so great and far-reaching for many, many of our students and families, and we see it every day. “