Illinois’ cannabis bill is first to incorporate reparations

“The 11th state to defy federal marijuana prohibition ranks first in social equity ideas to actually address the War on Drugs,” writes Alan Pyke for ThinkProgress. He adds:

“Low-income communities of color that have borne disproportionate shares of the social and fiscal costs of the War on Drugs will have a dramatic leg up in the race for dispensary and grow-shop licenses in Illinois ahead of the law’s primary implementation date of January 1, 2020.

“Those same communities will be first in line for direct investment from the new tax revenues cannabis will generate for Illinois. A full 25 percent of that new money is required to be set aside for the new “Restore, Reinvest, and Renew Program,” colloquially known as ‘R3.'”

Here’s the text of the Illinois legislation.

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