Stoners Do Good, Save All The Homelesses In Colorado With Their Pot Tax Dollars
Here is some Nice Time for your Friday afternoon! The city of Aurora, Colorado, is using 1.5 million of the dollars it raised by legalizing and taxing the pot to help the homeless! Yaaaaaay!
The plan has been in the works for some time, but decisions on where the money will go were made at a recent City Council Meeting. The Council agreed to award $220,000 to the Colfax Community Network, a non-profit that offers support to families living in motels, to provide several vans to Comitis Crisis Center and Aurora Mental Health for homeless outreach programs, and to make the city's part-time Aurora Housing Authority's part-time land lord position a full-time position in order to help more homeless people get housing.
More moneys from the $4.5 million the city is set to raise in pot dollars will be spent on a recreation center and several local non-profits. All nice things! Nice things that are now happening by legalizing a thing we all know everyone was doing anyway, whether it was legal or not!
Also, too, the city of Los Angeles is considering a 15 percent tax on marijuana in order to fund housing developments for the homeless. This is a great idea, since evidence shows that -- shockingly enough! -- the best way to reduce homelessness is to just give homeless people homes to live in. Crazy, I know.
This seems to be a much better system than the one that exists elsewhere in the United States, where, instead of raising money for nice things like helping the homeless and building rec centers, taxpayers pay about a billion a year to send people to jail for possession. Even though a majority of the country (including the many law enforcement officers who would rather be focusing on more serious crimes) thinks that we should not be doing that!
Sure! There are still a lot of people out there who are very upset by the idea of beatniks being allowed to smoke their jazz cigarettes all over town without fear of arrest. But let's be real -- most of those people are going to die soon.
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