Buying Marijuana in These States Helps Fight Substance Abuse

Purchasing legal marijuana is helping to fight substance abuse in some states because of programs funded by marijuana tax revenue.

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Is using marijuana considered substance abuse? Maybe in some places. But if you use legal marijuana, you might be able to help fight substance abuse. Several states use marijuana tax revenue to fund state-sponsored drug treatment and education programs. These drug treatment funding measures, which are typically included in state marijuana legislation, are becoming more common as states rake in billions of dollars in tax revenue each year from legal cannabis sales.

(Note: The terms cannabis and marijuana are used interchangeably in this article.)

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Katelyn Washington
Former Tax Writer

Katelyn has more than 6 years of experience working in tax and finance. While she specialized in tax content while working at Kiplinger from 2023 to 2024, Katelyn has also written for digital publications on topics including insurance, retirement, and financial planning and had financial advice commissioned by national print publications. She believes knowledge is the key to success and enjoys providing content that educates and informs.