09.29.2016
policy

Pot Tax Surplus Will Clobber Colorado's School Bullies

Because mean kids suck and grow up to be mean adults.

School bullies in Colorado may soon be feeling pressure to change their antisocial, traumatizing, macro-aggressive behavior, and all thanks to the state’s chill pot user base. As of now, Colorado has accumulated a $66 million surplus in marijuana tax revenues. The state plans to siphon off 2.9 million of those dollars toward “bullying prevention grants” at 50 schools under guidance of the Colorado Department of Education.

The schools have until October 21 to apply for grants of $40,000 for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The Colorado electorate voted legal, regulated marijuana into the state’s economy in 2012 and last year, with Proposition BB, elected to allow the state to appropriate surplus cannabis tax revenues.

From Denver ABC 7:

"As far as we know, we're the only state that is providing such significant funds to prevent bullying in schools," said Dr. Adam Collins, bullying prevention and education grant coordinator for the CDE.
"It's a lot of money,” said Collins. “It's a great opportunity for schools to apply and make sure the social and emotional wellness of their students is taken care of."

A video of a larger kid wielding a stick to harass a smaller kid at a school bus stop was recently replayed by local Colorado news media and said to have gone viral.

Bullying point man Collins claims the anti-bullying programs will be evidence-based protocols that have demonstrated, proven results.

“It’s more than just teachers doing lessons,” Collins told ABC 7. “It’s about changing the culture of the school so that it’s a warm environment. So it’s somewhere that bullying can’t thrive.”

Or, you could pay the kid with the stick $100 to leave the other kid alone, treat the smaller boy to $100 worth of jujitsu lessons, and have $39,800 left to kick back into the surplus. 

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