Illinois City to Use Recreational Marijuana Sales Tax Revenue to Fund Reparations Program for Black Residents

  • The city of Evanston will direct tax proceeds from recreational marijuana sales into a reparations fund benefiting the city’s Black residents.
  • Simmons and other local leaders said they see the marijuana dispensaries as an opportunity to establish a reparations fund that would addresss the longstanding effects of slavery, discrimination and institutionalized racism against Black Americans.
  • With the resolution now passed, Evanston leaders are working to iron out important details like how exactly the city plans to allocate the funds and what programs will best support the Black community.

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