Legislators in a Chicago suburb approved earlier this week the use of taxes from the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes to establish a local repair program.
So, the money will go to job training and other benefits for the black population of Evanston, according to Pioneer Press.
“We can put funding in place to invest directly in Black Evanston,” said Councilor Robin Rue Simmons, who proposed reparations bill.
Simmons said the source of funds was particularly appropriate, citing the “war on drugs” that has led to increased incarceration rates among African Americans, particularly for marijuana offenses.
Besides, legislators in Evanston, Illinois, will use taxes from the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes to fund a local repair program. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
The 8-1 vote comes at a time when the city’s black population has dropped from 22.5% in 2000 to just under 17% in 2017, according to the newspaper.
Proponents of the program say it will help fight the persistent effects of slavery and discrimination, according to the Pioneer Press.
The fund will be capped at $10 million, while the city estimates that taxes from the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes could generate between $500,000 and $750,000 annually.
Therefore, the idea of reparations to compensate the descendants of slaves has gained ground among the progressives, while a majority of conservatives oppose it.
Marianne Williamson, spiritual advisor and candidate in the 2020 presidential election, unveiled a formal reparations plan earlier this year.
The long-time Democratic candidate has called for between $200 billion and $500 billion for a ” payment of an unpaid debt “.
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