Should pot pay for programs?

Reposted from the Telluride Daily Planet

Social Services proposing using tax revenue for youth substance abuse education

Many visitors come to Telluride for festivals, concerts, skiing and other celebrations that might involve partaking in newly legal marijuana.

And at least one San Miguel County official is worried that local kids for whom witnessing partying has become a part of everyday life might suffer some detrimental effects. That’s why San Miguel County Social Services Director Allan Gerstle proposed exploring at last week’s board of county commissioners’ meeting whether tax revenue collected from retail marijuana should go toward substance abuse education for youth. He asked commissioners about setting up a dedicated fund to pay for the programs. With cannabis now more readily available, kids have more access to it, Gerstle said.

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