Colorado set to use marijuana money to implement opioid treatment program in worst-hit counties
UPDATE: The governor signed this bill into law on Wednesday, a day after this story was originally published.
DENVER – Colorado is set to use a half-million dollars of its marijuana sales money each year for at least the next two years to implement an opioid addiction treatment program for two of the state’s counties hit hardest by the surging opioid crisis.
Senate Bill 74 still awaits Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signature, but if approved, it would send the $500,000 each year to the University of Colorado Board of Regents for it to give to the CU-Anschutz College of Nursing to implement the pilot program.
Since the program will help treat people with substance abuse disorders, the state is allowed to use marijuana sales money for the program.