HB 2793 requires revenue from marijuana excise taxes and license fees, penalties, and forfeitures to be disbursed to the general fund for the state health care authority to support state-funded low-income health programs instead of to the basic health plan trust account for the basic health plan.
The bill states that all marijuana excise taxes collected from sales of marijuana, useable marijuana, and marijuana-infused products and the license fees, penalties, and forfeitures from marijuana producer, marijuana processor, and marijuana retailer licenses must (every three months) be disbursed by the state liquor control board as follows:
-$125,000 to DSHS to design and administer the Washington state healthy youth survey, analyze the collected data, and produce reports, in collaboration with the office of the superintendent of public instruction, department of health, department of commerce, family policy council, and state liquor control board.
-$50,000 to DSHS for the purpose of contracting with the Washington State Institute for Public Policy to conduct cost-benefit evaluation and reports.
-$5,000 to the University of Washington alcohol and drug abuse institute for the creation, maintenance, and timely updating of web-based public education materials providing medically and scientifically accurate information about the health and safety risks posed by marijuana use.
-No more than $1,250,000 to the state liquor control board as is necessary (for administration of chapter 3, Laws of 2013).
Of the remaining funds after the above disbursements identified, then:
- 15% to DSHS division of behavioral health and recovery for implementation and maintenance of programs and practices aimed at the prevention or reduction of maladaptive substance use, substance-use disorder, substance abuse or substance dependence, among middle school and high school age students provided that 1) at least 85 percent be directed to evidence-based and cost-beneficial programs and practices that produce objectively measurable results and 2) up to 15% be directed toward research-based and emerging best practices or promising practices.
-10% to Department of Health for the creation, implementation, operation, and management of a marijuana education and public health program that contains a public health hotline, a grants program for local health departments, and media-based education campaigns.
-6/10th of 1% to the University of Washington and 4/10th of 1% to Washington State University for research on the short and long-term effects of marijuana use.
-50% to the general fund for the Washington State Health Care Authority to support state-funded low-income health programs.
-5% to the Washington State Health Care Authority to be expended exclusively through contracts with community health centers to provide primary health and dental care services, migrant health services, and maternity health care services.
-3/10th of 1% to the office of the superintendent of public instruction to fund grants to building bridges programs
-The remainder to the general fund.