Cannabis Tax Revenue Will Help Fight Opioid Crisis
Governor John Hickenlooper will put aside $500,000 per year for the next two years towards helping to fight opioid addiction. The money will be given to the CU-Anschutz College of Nursing to fund a pilot program, which will focus its efforts on counties who’ve been particularly affected by the opioid epidemic. There is a certain statue in Colorado cannabis legislation that will allow cannabis tax revenue help to provide services and treat people with a drug problem.
There is a CDC estimation that the nation spends $72 billion on opioid abuse annually, and deaths from opiates have quadrupled since 1999.
This awesome program that Colorado is planning to start the latest in January, 2018. If any funds aren't used the first year they rollover to 2019, and the CU-Anschutz College of Nursing advisory board can accept additional funds, like donations and gifts that would benefit this program. Thanks to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, created during the Obama Administration, the state legislature was able to help initialize the program.