As a student of Pierce Ccollege at Fort Steilacoom, I feel that tax revenue from marijuana sales should be concentrated where it was originally intended. Initiative 502, which voters approved, states that “new state and local tax revenue generated will be used for: education, health care, research and substance abuse prevention.”
According to the National Association of State Budget Officers, Washington state's total expenditures for FY 2014 equaled $25.1 billion, with 23.4 percent spent on K-12 education, 14.3 percent on higher education and 11.9 percent on Medicaid. Between 2009 and 2013, the share of the Washington state budget spent on Medicaid decreased from 21.4 percent to 11.9 percent.
In September 2014, CBS reported that marijuana sales could boost the state’s tax revenue by $25 million in the next year. Dedicating this money toward its intended purposes would alleviate a huge amount of stress felt by our government. Cutbacks to other state programs could eventually be eliminated.
The situation that our Legislature is currently experiencing with our teachers throughout the state could also be fixed to some degree.