Commercial cannabis revenues to fund programs serving children

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Programs serving local children will be the beneficiaries of cannabis-related revenues the city will be collecting over the next five years, as well as a portion of the revenues the county will collect if Measure K is passed on Tuesday. Under a plan approved by the Davis City Council this week, the Davis Joint Unified School District and First 5 Yolo will split evenly the proceeds provided by cannabis retailers through the city’s Cannabis Community Benefit Fund. The five cannabis dispensaries selected to receive conditional use permits from the city will provide 1-percent of gross receipts to the fund (on top of the sales tax and business permit fees they will pay as well). Those funds in turn will enable the school district to expand the substance abuse and addiction counseling support students currently receive through a contract with Recovery Happens. In a letter to the city outlining how the district will use the cannabis funds, Superintendent John Bowes said the existing program uses Davis Schools Foundation money to fund a substance abuse and addiction counselor on campus at Davis High School for a full day every week. The counselor meets with students or groups of students who have been referred by the administration or who have self-referred for help because of a drug or alcohol incident. Commercial cannabis revenues to fund programs serving children

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