Medical marijuana has already been legal in 29 states while using cannabis for recreational purposes has been legalized in only eight states. The legalization of weed brings a number of advantages; it is an event that makes history and indicates progress. Below are five ways of how a state benefits from legal marijuana.
Customers have the right to choose the herb and make purchases in protected establishments that are regulated by local authorities. Professional facilities offer quality and safe goods, while turning to a shady dealer may cause serious health problems and issues with the law.
The cannabis industry opens great opportunities for those looking for a new job or starting a business. From budtender to trimmer, there is a plethora of new, promising professions that anyone can master. Recreational and medical marijuana businesses provide year-round employment and stable income. Do you want to start a new life? The cannabis industry needs hundreds of skilled workers.
According to the Drug Policy Alliance’s status report, weed arrests dropped over 90% after marijuana became legal in Colorado. Not to mention, each arrest costs about $300 to adjudicate. All this saved money can go to state coffers.
In 2015, police put about 650,000 people under arrest for weed-related charges. Although the herb leads to zero overdoses, the courts and the police are still convicting people for use and possession. At the same time, there are around 48 million people in the U.S. who abuse opioids and still walk free.
Lots of new jobs, improved infrastructure, and low crime rates are usually the result of increased funding. But what can become a new source of taxes? The answer is “cannabis.”