Colorado Will Use Extra Marijuana Revenue to Prevent Bullying in Schools

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Colorado plans to distribute millions of dollars in surplus marijuana tax revenues to schools in an effort to prevent bullying.

The money, totaling about $66 million, is available due to Proposition BB, which permits the state to keep the surplus tax revenues from marijuana,Denver7, an ABC affiliate, reported.

About $2.9 million of the surplus funds will go towardbullying prevention grantsoffered to approximately 50 schools by the Colorado Department of Education for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the CDE announced. The schools will receive grants up to $40,000 per year for bullying prevention.

Schools that receive the grant will get specialized training from a prevention coach and form a bullying prevention committee including teachers, staff and parents.

“It’s a lot of money,” Dr. Adam Collins, bullying prevention and education grant coordinator for the CDE, told Denver7. “It’s a great opportunity for schools to apply and make sure the social and emotional wellness of their students is taken care of.”

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