ASPEN, CO - APRIL 18: A jar of marijuana is seen on a vendor table at the Cannabis Crown 2010 expo April 18, 2010 in Aspen, Colorado. Cannabis Crown 2010 is hosting hundreds of marijuana-industry vendors and thousands of marijuana users in two hotels in tony Aspen, as well as holding a hemp fashion show and a marijuana-quality judging. Colorado, one of 14 states to allow use of medical marijuana, has experienced an explosion in marijuana dispensaries, trade shows and related businesses in the last year as marijuana use becomes more mainstream. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

DENVER — Marijuana is a $1.3 billion industry in Colorado, and the ensuing tax revenue is helping students pay for college.
Pueblo County is one area benefiting from an influx of marijuana tax money. Now the county is doing something that’s a first in Colorado: distributing pot-funded scholarships to college students.
“I don’t think without this scholarship I could continue my education without taking out loans and worrying about how to pay it back,” Colorado State University freshman Janet Calzadillas told CBS Denver.
Every graduating high school student in Pueblo County will qualify for a scholarship funded by pot tax revenue that can be used at local colleges.
The Pueblo County commissioner’s office began accepting applications in February for the country’s first cannabis-funded college scholarship, CBS affiliate KKTV reports.
Commissioner Sal Pace told KKTV in 2016 it was remarkable to see money that once fueled criminal empires now be used for education funding.
“A couple years ago, …
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