Illinois City Will Use Weed Taxes to Pay Reparations for Black Residents

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The first-of-its-kind initiative is an effort to keep more black residents in Evanston, and to start righting the wrongs of slavery, the War on Drugs, and centuries of racist persecution.

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A landmark social equity program was approved in Evanston, Illinois late last week, establishing the nation’s first reparations program for black residents funded directly by legal weed taxes. 

The new tax directive will funnel all of Evanston’s legal cannabis tax money to programs that will directly support the city’s black residents and repair centuries of racism dating back to the slave trade and continuing through institutional racism and...

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