Social and Economic Benefits of Cannabis Regulation

Social and Economic Benefits of Cannabis Regulation

Taxed and well-regulated medical cannabis programs create numerous economic benefits to state and local governments. These systems are already being implemented and their reward is bountiful. Here are some of the economic benefits that regulating marijuana can inject into our ailing economies:

Cannabis is a $25+ billion dollar industry. Currently, all of those revenues go directly to cartels and criminal gangs. Through regulation and taxation, we can transform these black market billions into taxable revenues. This new income can bolster our state economy without raising taxes on main street.

Job creation is integral to any robust economy. Cannabis jobs already exist in Georgia; unfortunately, they all are held by criminals. A well-regulated medical cannabis program will create new jobs for hard-working, tax-paying Georgians. From horticulturists cultivating plants, to labs testing the safety of the medicine, to employees at dispensaries, to construction and real estate, regulated medical cannabis will create thousands of new, high-paying jobs in our state.

Cannabis prohibition is expensive. Harvard economist, Jeffrey Miron, estimates that state and federal governments spend an excess of $20 billion per year fighting this little green plant. Much of this cost comes from burdening our justice system, wasting law enforcement’s time, and using $125/day of taxpayer money incarcerating cannabis offenders. To add insult to injury, these efforts continue to fail as cannabis is more available than ever before.

This ‘new’ money can be used to fortify our many distressed and underfunded public works programs like the lagging education system, build new roads that reduce traffic and increase Social Security and Medicare benefits for our seniors.

“Regulation and taxation is the conservative, fiscally responsible approach to medical marijuana”

Social and Economic Benefits of Cannabis Regulation

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