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WA Lawmakers Consider Bill to put Marijuana Taxes towards Mental Health

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Lawmakers are considering a measure that would put some of the taxes that will potentially be gained from the state's new legal marijuana industry into mental health programs. Lawmakers are considering a measure that would put some of the taxes that will potentially be gained from the state's new legal marijuana industry into mental health programs.

OLYMPIA, WA - Lawmakers are considering a measure that would put some of the taxes that will potentially be gained from the state's new legal marijuana industry into mental health programs.  

The Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections held a public hearing on Senate Bill 6481 on Monday. The measure would put 10% of the money into mental health programs, including those that also treat drug addiction.  

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Steve O'Ban, a Republican from Tacoma. Democratic Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles has also signed on to the measure.  

Washington voters passed Initiative 502 in November 2012 to legalize and regulate the recreational use of pot by adults over 21, and the first state-licensed pot stores are expected to open in the coming months.

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