Cannabis Helps Feed Hungry Residents in Monterey County

Four years ago, a majority of Monterey County voters approved statewide legalization of adult use cannabis. Today, cannabis tax revenue is being used to help Monterey residents in need.

As KION reports, “the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted and set aside about $6.9 million dollars in cannabis tax dollars to help aid emergency response programs including education, homelessness and keeping the community fed during the pandemic.” Some of that money was recently delivered to the Monterey County Food Bank, which has been providing meals to those affected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a relatively new fund, cannabis in California, it’s really only been around 5 years and I think we’ve been one of the most successful in terms of the ability to tax at a fair amount that keeps businesses going but also gives us the flexibility to make these investments," said Monterey County Board of Supervisors Chairman Chris Lopez.