Chicago Suburb Will pay Reparations From Marijuana Taxes
Article from The Daily Caller by Phillip Nieto.
The city of Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, is drafting up a plan to tax the sale of marijuana to fund reparations for black citizens, the Washington Post reports.
The city council passed a measure 8 to 1 on November 25 to appropriate 3% of the tax revenue from marijuana sales for a reparations program for African Americans over the next ten years, setting the cap at $10 million, according to the Washington Post. Marijuana for recreational use will become legal in Illinois on January 1st.
“Our community was damaged due to the war on drugs and marijuana convictions. This is a chance to correct that,” Robin Rue Simmons, an alderman of the Evanston’s Fifth Ward, said to the Post. “Our disadvantage and discrimination has continued beyond outlawing Jim Crow and beyond enslavement.”
She added, “This is something radical to preserve the black population and let the black community know that we see the flight.”
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