East Lansing directs marijuana tax revenues to help people with drug addiction
The City of East Lansing is channeling Michigan marijuana tax money into resources for people with drug addiction.
Michigan has a 10% excise tax on recreational cannabis sales, and 15% of that revenue goes to cities where cannabis stores are located.
On March 4, 2021, 38 cities, seven villages, 21 townships and 38 counties began receiving payments from the Marihuana Regulatory Fund for each licensed retail and micro-business store under its jurisdiction.
East Lansing City Council plans to distribute the first $ 14,000 of its marijuana tax revenue to help people who do not qualify for drug treatment courts.
The court aims to help people break the cycle of addiction by subjecting them to drug testing and supervised treatment.
The funds will pay for things like drug counseling and testing that people may not be able to afford. Mayor Aaron Stephens says his priority is helping people below the low income cutoff but still struggling to make ends meet.
“The best part about using city funds for this is that we don’t have to follow that type of requirement and say, well, it has to be below that income level. We can just donate. carte blanche to say, if you think someone is in trouble in this situation and cannot afford it, you can use those funds.
Stephens says the next step is to look at how the marijuana tax fund can help people of color beyond drug addiction.