Arizona community colleges get windfall from marijuana sales

Excise taxes of more than 15% mean millions in returns for the state's 10 two-year institutions.

More marijuana sales mean more funding for community colleges throughout Arizona.

The state’s 10 community college districts got a windfall of over $31 million from big spending on recreational marijuana in the first year of sales in 2021.

The Proposition 207 voter initiative that legalized recreational marijuana created an excise tax of 16% and required the state distribute about one-third of that money to community colleges, with the rest mostly to public safety departments and transportation, health and criminal justice programs.

Colleges can use the funds for workforce development, STEM and certain other education programs, the Arizona Republic reported.

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