Marijuana Tax Money Targeted for Colorado’s Full-Day Kindergarten Rollout

Colorado lawmakers have hit on a funding source to help struggling school districts cover up to $25 million in startup costs as they expand full-day kindergarten this fall: marijuana taxes.

The money is expected to aid districts in rural areas, as well as others short on cash. It would help buy new desks and furniture, fixtures for bathrooms and classrooms, and other equipment schools need as they expand their full-day kindergarten offerings. Continue reading “Marijuana Tax Money Targeted for Colorado’s Full-Day Kindergarten Rollout”

Medical Marijuana Will Not Be Permitted on Oklahoma College Campuses

On the heels of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s approval of revised regulations that eliminate many of the most onerous restrictions to the state’s 6-week-old medical cannabis program, officials at the state’s two largest public universities are announcing that medical cannabis will not be allowed on campus. The ban comes despite the recent approval of State Question 788, which broadly legalizes medical cannabis. Continue reading “Medical Marijuana Will Not Be Permitted on Oklahoma College Campuses”

$10 million in pot taxes aimed at solving teacher shortage woes

State education officials are compiling a list of ideas on how best to spend $10 million in marijuana tax proceeds aimed at reversing Colorado’s teacher shortages.

The $10 million was earmarked to take on the problems of hiring and retaining teachers in Colorado by Gov. John Hickenlooper in his proposed 2018-19 budget released earlier this month. Continue reading “$10 million in pot taxes aimed at solving teacher shortage woes”

Marijuana sales fund $9.2 million in school pot prevention, health care programs

School nurse Rhonda Valdez is on the front lines of student health at Wheat Ridge High School, treating myriad concerns — flu outbreaks, diabetes, severe allergies, body image issues, football-related concussions. Continue reading “Marijuana sales fund $9.2 million in school pot prevention, health care programs”

Outdated, sagging Colorado schools get $300 million boost from pot sales, other taxes

There is sadness about the eventual destruction of this community’s school, parts of which were built 100 years ago. Many people in this town of 570, long past their teen years, still attend the annual homecoming dance in the school’s gym and reminisce about old flames and football championships. Continue reading “Outdated, sagging Colorado schools get $300 million boost from pot sales, other taxes”

Colorado students given $420,000 in marijuana tax-funded scholarships

Marijuana taxes paid the lion’s share of the new Pueblo County Scholarship Fund that on Tuesday awarded 210 students $2,000 each for the 2017-18 academic year.

But Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace said much of the credit is due to the southern Colorado sunshine that blasted those students at the scholarship award ceremony held on the steps of the county courthouse. Continue reading “Colorado students given $420,000 in marijuana tax-funded scholarships”