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California Officials Award More Than $50 Million In Marijuana Tax-Funded Community Reinvestment Grants

California officials have awarded more than $50 million in marijuana tax-funded community reinvestment grants, the state announced on Thursday.

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) said that the funds are being distributed to 31 different local health departments and community-based nonprofit organizations that support economic and social development in areas disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs.

This marks the fifth year in a row that the office has provided the grant funding. And the cannabis tax dollars that are supporting the program increased by about $15 million compared to last year.

The funds will be used to support efforts such as job placement, mental health and substance use disorder treatment, legal services and linkages to medical care.

Here are some examples of the organizations that are receiving the grants

Goodwill of the San Francisco Bay: $2,998,487.50 Los Angeles Conservation Corps: $1,933,467.60 County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health: $3,000,000.00 Uncommon Law: $3,000,000.00 Monterey County Health Department: $3,000,000.00 Pro Bono Project Silicon Valley: $600,000.00

GO-Biz said that they “anticipate issuing our next grant solicitation in August of 2023.”

Funding levels for the program have been consistently increasing year over year. In 2021, for example,

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