Major Colorado City Will Use $1.5 Million From Marijuana Tax Revenues To Help The Homeless

May 16, 2016

One of the largest cities in Colorado is donating millions of dollars raised by taxes on marijuana sales to local non-profit organizations which help the homeless.

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Homeless in Colorado

The city of Aurora will use $1.5 million of the $4.5 million revenue from cannabis to fund the Colfax Community Network -- a social services organization which helps low-income families to live in motels, apartments and provides food, clothing and personal hygiene products.

The Comitis Crisis Center and Aurora Mental Health will also be equipped with a van for their homeless outreach programs, along with two outreach workers each.

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Marijuana dispensary in Colorado

Council members are also considering a day center for the homeless, a place where they could wash their clothes, take a shower and receive mental health services.

"We wanted to be able to show citizens that we are having a positive impact on the community and point to specific projects or initiatives to where that money is going to," said city councilman Bob Roth.

(h/t) Independent

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