The revenue from state taxes on marijuana isn’t just improving infrastructure; it’s also improving lives. Here are five ways how.
1. Reducing Crime
In 2016, Alaska passed a bill directing half of the proceeds from the state’s excise tax on commercial pot into programs intended to reduce the number of repeat criminal offenders. This year, $3 million in reefer revenue (projected to increase to $6 million in subsequent years) will bolster a fund to reduce recidivism rates by addressing the various issues associated with repeat offenses, such as substance abuse and domestic violence.