Local leaders call for marijuana money to be funneled directly to Nevada schools

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Local and state leaders are calling for marijuana tax money to be given directly to schools.

It was one of the biggest selling points to Nevada voters when they legalized marijuana in 2016. However, some fear that promise to funnel marijuana money to the state’s struggling schools is not being kept.

Two politicians who are polar opposites when it comes to pot are now joining forces to call for changing the way pot tax money is distributed.

Millions in pot taxes are collected each month. However, the funds are currently not specifically earmarked for education. Political wrangling during the last legislative session forced the pot funds to be funneled into the state’s rainy day fund.

“It’s really dark in the rainy day funds -- you never know where the money is going,” said Las Vegas City Councilmember Lois Tarkanian, who has been an outspoken opponent of marijuana.

Nevada State Sen. Tick Segerblom – who is often referred to as the Godfather of the marijuana movement in the Silver State – is joining Tarkanian to call for change.

“What we're proposing is that the 75 million be taken from the rainy day fund and given to the Clark County School District right now,” said Segerblom.

Segerblom is calling for a one-day special session to get the distribution of pot taxes sorted out.

However, Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office told News 3 that Sandoval believes this is a policy discussion suited best for the next session of the Legislature.

Sandoval’s office released the following statement:

“Governor Sandoval originally proposed in his 2017 recommended budget that the marijuana retail tax (budgeted at $63.5 million) go to K-12 education through the DSA. The Legislature made the policy decision to move the 10% tax to the rainy day fund and the supply the DSA with general fund dollars. The Governor insured that the DSA still received the $63.5 million of revenue.”
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