In this continuing series of whitepapers, the EveryLibrary Institute has created the “Cannabis Tax Policy and Libraries” paper to help inform library leaders and public policy stakeholders about the role that revenue from recreational cannabis should have in supporting public libraries as community anchor institutions.
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For decades cannabis legalization seemed out of reach because the substance was viewed as illicit and taboo, yet public opinion has changed. Americans now overwhelmingly support legalization with most supporting both medical and recreational sales. As cannabis has become legal for adult use, state governments and municipalities have earned large amounts of tax revenue. EveryLibrary Institute's "Cannabis Tax Policy and Libraries" whitepaper explores how revenue from cannabis taxes is being utilized in states with current recreational sales and recommendations for states considering recreational sales as well.
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About the Authors
Megan Blair is EveryLibrary's Policy and Advocacy Strategist and is an MPA candidate at New York University. Prior to entering graduate school, she spent five years as a legislative aide at the Massachusetts State House.
A long-time library trustee, supporter, and advocate, John Chrastka is EveryLibrary's Executive Director and is co-author of “Before the Ballot; Building Support for Library Funding” and “Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding”.