Las Vegas officials said that they will be using the money they collected from cannabis business license fees to fund various programs for the homeless. The collected cannabis fees amount to nearly $1.8 million.
Clark County commissioners have voted unanimously to direct funding to a rapid rehousing program and to HELP of Southern Nevada. HELP is a center that provides homeless or at-risk-of-being-homeless teens and young adults with emergency housing and services.
More specifically, HELP will receive nearly $856,000, which will be used to provide 76 additional beds at the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center. Meanwhile, around $931,000 will be used to get 60 beds to a program that offers housing to people after they get discharged from hospitals.
Clark County has also reserved $9.7 million in projected cannabis fees for homeless services in next year’s budget.
Cannabis was legalized for recreational use in Nevada through a ballot initiative in 2016. The new law became effective on Jan. 1, 2017. Medical cannabis, on the other hand, was legalized in 2000 via ballot initiative and has been available to patients who have obtained a license.
Nevada also grants licenses to cannabis growers and distributors. Citizens of the state are prohibited from growing their own cannabis plants, except for those who live more than 25 miles from a licensed cannabis dispensary.