5.5 Million Dollars From New Jersey Cannabis Tax Used for New Hospital Services & Programs

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5.5 Million Dollars From New Jersey Cannabis Tax Used for New Hospital Services & Programs

NJ CANNABIS FUNDS USED FOR HOSPITAL INTERVENTION SERVICES

New Jersey has allocated $5.5 million from collected cannabis taxes and fees to the New Jersey Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program (NJHVIP), managed by the Division of Violence Intervention and Victim Assistance (VIVA) through the Office of Violence Intervention and Prevention. The program aims to create a safer state for all New Jerseyans by providing innovative violence intervention services to vulnerable victims of violent crimes in their early days of recovery. Under Governor Murphy's leadership, the state continues to invest in NJHVIPs, making available $5.5 million for these innovative services.


The NJHVIP began in January 2020 with funds from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) program and has grown to 11 hospital partnerships. Under Murphy's leadership, the state has sent $45 million in federal and state funding to various NJHVIP sites. In August 2023, $15 million was earmarked for violence prevention services through the same cannabis fund, including guidance for at-risk youth and street intervention services.


The $5.5 million from the cannabis tax fund for this year will be granted starting in 2024. Organizations that seek to apply for NJHVIP grants can do so by Oct. 18, 2023. Applicants may apply for no more than $995,000 per project.

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