RENO, Nev. (MyNew4.com & KRNV) -- The Reno Municipal Court has disbursed $10,800 in funds collected from fines imposed on persons convicted of misdemeanor possession of marijuana, according to a press release issued by the City of Reno.
Local ordinance mandates collection and distribution of fines imposed for this offense. The money must be distributed evenly among nonprofit programs for the treatment of substance abuse and local law enforcement. Funds distributed must be used in combating and eradicating unlawful drug use in the community.
This month, checks totaling $5,400 were distributed to three local nonprofit programs specializing in substance abuse treatment. Ridge House, Step 1, and Step 2 were selected by the Reno Municipal Court to receive an allocation. All three of these programs have been providing services for more than 30 years to those in the Reno community who are challenged with drug and or alcohol abuse.
Ridge House is the only statewide organization providing comprehensive reentry services to former offenders. Step 1 is an adult men's transitional living facility with outpatient substance abuse counseling. Step 2 is a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program that focuses on women and their children suffering from chemical addiction, poverty, and domestic violence.
This year the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office was the law enforcement agency selected to receive a distribution in the amount of $5,400. The Sheriff may use the funds in operations or educational programs that combat illegal drug use.