Pot Tax Revenue Pays for Denver Sidewalks and Schools: Would it Work Here?

As Canada prepares to legalize marijuana, cash-strapped governments at every level are eyeing the potential tax revenue recreational pot might generate.

The gym rats who join the still-under-construction recreation centre in central Denver, Colo., will owe their workouts to weed smokers.

In Pueblo County, south of Denver, students will soon be able to walk to school on a sidewalk paid for by marijuana tax revenue, or apply to the world’s first cannabis-funded scholarship program.

“We’re taking dollars that were previously going to drug cartels in Mexico and using them to provide opportunity and education to the next generation,” says Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace. Elected officials there recently approved the use of $2.5 million U.S. in pot taxes to fund a mix of community projects.

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