In Nevada, Calls for Marijuana Tax Money to Reach Schools

A supporter of legal cannabis and an opponent have teamed up to get tax revenue into school districts' budgets.

An unlikely pair of elected officials teamed up Monday to make a public call to funnel more marijuana tax monies to education in Nevada.

State Sen. Tick Segerblom, considered the godfather of pot in Nevada, and Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian, who was no fan of the proposal to legalize marijuana, said during a press conference Monday that money generated by Nevada marijuana sales should be pulled out of the state’s rainy day fund and sent directly to school districts.

“We want to make sure it goes towards education,” Tarkanian said. “If this goes into the rainy day fund, it’s sometimes a dark cellar in there, and we don’t know where it goes.”

Segerblom, who is running for Clark County Commission, said he has gotten one question more than any other on the campaign trail: Why isn’t the marijuana money that was promised in Question 2, the ballot measure voters approved in 2016 that legalized recreational marijuana in Nevada, going to education?

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