Marijuana Taxes May Not Be Used For Prevention As Campaign Promised
The campaign to legalize marijuana promised that almost a quarter of the taxes from those sales would fund education and prevention efforts. And pot is selling well: Washington state’s marijuana retail stores are selling over $1 million worth of marijuana a day. That has added up to more than $60 million in taxes this fiscal year. But the state legislature hasn’t allocated any of that money to state agencies. Those tax proceeds are sitting untouched and unspent. All there is to show for education are two radio ads that were produced for free by Seattle Children’s. “Now that it’s legal for those over 21, it’s more important than ever to talk to your kids about the risks of marijuana,” Dr. Leslie Walker tells listeners.
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