Grants that stem from marijuana sales consist of an array of programs
In March 2020, Police1 and Louisiana State University (LSU) conducted an expansive survey capturing law enforcement attitudes toward marijuana use and enforcement. A total of 3,615 sworn LEOs weighed in on a range of topics, from the use of medicinal marijuana off duty to decriminalization.
Our special report features expert analysis of the survey findings, covering critical topics like police recruit marijuana use and how marijuana legalization impacts highway safety. Click here to access all our coverage.
By PoliceGrantsHelp Staff
As more states legalize marijuana sales – whether it be for medical or recreational use – and adjust drug policy, local governments look to adjust their response with many grappling with the effects of marijuana legalization.
States that legalize the sale of marijuana have commonly established a tax system. This takes place in the form of a state excise tax, or a tax imposed on the supplier/producer. Revenue from the marijuana tax is then dedicated to general funds, rainy-day funds, and/or dedicated to special programs.
Public servants and local governments are most likely interested in accessing this funding for their community. Communities that are currently being impacted or have previously experienced the effects of drug policies can benefit from marijuana revenue. Most state legislatures have made funding available in the form of grants.
Grants that stem from marijuana sales consist of an array of programs in education, public health, public safety, substance abuse, law enforcement training, economic development and criminal justice reform efforts.
Below is a snapshot of how states are reinvesting in their local communities:
A quick look into how states are distributing marijuana revenue demonstrates specific areas of focus that they deem as significantly impacted by the implementation of the new drug policies. One area of focus is youth programming.
The use of tax revenue from marijuana sales to focus on youth programs can potentially stem from the growing belief among adolescents that using marijuana is not as risky as using other substances. This, coupled with the rising popularity of vaping, has resulted in a renewed focus on youth and smoking.
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that as alcohol and cigarette use among adolescents has decreased over the past 10 years, marijuana use has increased. Communities witnessing this trend locally should research available grant programs to address the repercussions.
Below is a closer look at states that use revenue from marijuana sales to implement youth programs:
Follow these steps when looking to fund a youth program:
Once you identify a potential grant program, these steps will help prepare you for the final application submission.
The team at PoliceGrantsHelp is always ready to help. Our grant assistance program includes a number of options including grant research, grant writing and grant application review.
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