NEW JERSEY – Approximately one-third of the costs for New Jersey’s violence intervention and prevention grant program will be covered by revenue from legal marijuana, as announced by Gov. Phil Murphy and Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin last week.
According to a report by Marijuana Moment, $15 million will be accessible to community organizations, with $5 million originating from the state’s Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Fund for the coming year.
With this new infusion, the Community-Based Violence Intervention (CBVI) programs in the state have received $40 million since 2021.
Platkin asserted that these funds empower grassroots organizations, aligning communities with public safety objectives. Governor Murphy affirmed his administration’s dedication to combatting local violence and praised initiatives like CBVI programs.
“Our comprehensive approach to public safety focuses support for community-led violence intervention efforts that are disrupting cycles of violence at the ground level,” said Platkin in a press release.
Currently, 31 community organizations across New Jersey receive CBVI grants. Eligibility is partly based on impact zones, considering factors such as marijuana-related convictions and law enforcement activities.
Application forms for CBVI grants are due by September 26, with funds contributed from New Jersey’s cannabis revenue aimed at equitable reinvestment.
Several states, including California and Illinois, allocate portions of cannabis revenue for community reinvestment, supporting job placement, health treatment, equity promotion, and more.
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