Evanston to Use Cannabis Income for Compensations for African Americans
Cannabis will be legal for outdoor use on January 1 in Illinois and Evanston City plans to use tax revenue to create a repair fund that addresses historical discrimination against African-American residents, CBS Local Chicago reported.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the city’s Black population has declined from 22.5 percent in 2000 to 16.9 percent in 2017.
Evanston plans to divert 100% of the 3% tax revenue from outdoor cannabis sales and assign up to $10 million for local reparations to a separate fund in a city account.
Evanston Now stated that the aim is to redress for redlining and other government and private sector practices that discriminated against Black People.
Furthermore, voluntary contributions for the fund set up under the program will be requested.
No other U.S. city has created such a reparations fund, and it could become a model for other cities, said Evanston Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, who helped get the City Council’s resolution approved.