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Guest Opinion: Where Is Mass Cannabis Tax Revenue Going? | Talking Joints Memo

Are we equitably reinvesting cannabis revenue in communities harmed by the war on drugs?

The Talking Joints Memo Editors gave space on their digital pages to share EON’s recent budget analysis (originally shared in our testimony to the Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy) highlighting where the Legislature has — and has not — invested Marijuana Regulation Fund revenue in a recent op-ed. Read it on!

The following is part of a letter written by the policy team at Equitable Opportunities Now, a nonprofit that “educates and empowers people of color to become active participants in the Massachusetts legal cannabis market,” to state lawmakers who are currently considering multiple critical cannabis bills. This part of their testimony addresses EON’s research on where Mass cannabis tax revenue is going and whether the state is equitably reinvesting in communities harmed by the war on drugs. We also published their statement on barriers to equitable participation and the promotion of businesses owned by and career pathways for justice-involved individuals here. -TJM Editors