By / January 17, 2020

How cannabis legalization in America affects the economy

Looking at cannabis legalization in America as a whole, some of the companies involved are already big corporations that generate multi-million dollar profits for the economy.

Currently, the global legal cannabis industry is growing so much that Grand View Research predicted that this market will be worth $66.3 billion by the end of 2025. A successful campaign for cannabis legalization in America will help drive the global market.

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Cannabis legalization in America generates new jobs

Cannabis legalization in America was a huge boom for the country. Forbes called it “a huge job creator,” and CNBC stated that the legal cannabis industry is “the fastest-growing job market in the U.S.”

Working in the cannabis industry is not just about working with cannabis. Although there are of course jobs related to growing, trimming, packing and selling cannabis flower, there are also “ancillary jobs” such as selling equipment like vaporizers, rolling papers, and bongs.

Additionally, there are also jobs for a long list of niches including accountants, managers, salespeople, consultants, advisors, security guards, graphic designers, and programmers.

Cannabis generates large tax revenue

Taxes are also part of cannabis legalization. No one likes to pay taxes, but countries that legalize and tax cannabis are reaping millions of dollars in revenue from sales taxes and sales licenses.

Whether you are for or against cannabis legalization in America, it cannot be denied that taxes generated by the cannabis industry can be used to finance important social aspects.

man drying cannabis representing cannabis legalization in America
Cannabis legalization in America is creating a boom in the industry causing market changes in both jobs and taxes. (Source)

For example, in the case of Colorado, the state government has established a “Cannabis Tax Fund.” The fund is to be used in more than 60 programs addressing a range of issues facing society, such as mental health, education, and the environment.

Since Colorado was the first state to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes, the state has already achieved more than $1 billion in cannabis tax revenue and is likely to receive even more in the coming years.

From the fund’s budget, 16.4% of the revenues were allocated to educational initiatives, and 12.5% were spent on the construction of schools under the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program. Cannabis legalization in America not only creates jobs but also shifts illegal sales to the legal market, bringing revenue to governments instead of illegal dealers.

Legalization of cannabis reduces the abuse of other drugs

An important factor in considering the cannabis legalization in America is that not all substances classified as drugs are the same. Different drugs have different effects and different levels of safety and the side effects of cannabis use are negligible compared to the effects of opioids and other legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco.

This is an important fact to keep in mind, as the data shows that once cannabis is legalized, the use of other drugs is actually decreasing. For example, in states where cannabis is legal, the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers and alcohol sales have decreased.

According to a survey of 2,897 patients using cannabis for medical purposes, the vast majority of patients reported that cannabis provides the same relief as other drugs but does not cause adverse side effects. 97% of respondents also “strongly agreed” that they were able to reduce their opiate intake when they used cannabis.

Cannabis legalization in America will help decrease alcohol consumption

Furthermore, when cannabis is legal for medical or recreational consumption, alcohol consumption may fall by 15-20%.

Now you can say, “well, what’s the difference? You’re just replacing one drug with another,” and in a way, you are right.

American flags representing cannabis legalization in America
The U.S. has seen rising support for legalization as states continue to legalize cannabis for recreational and medical purposes. (Source)

Harmful alcohol consumption costs the U.S. more than $223 billion a year, and every year around 42,000 people lose their lives in the U.S. due to the misuse or the overdose of opioids.

The United States is currently struggling with an epidemic of overdosing and legal cannabis is a safer alternative for people who take opioids.

Although cannabis legalization in America is still a crawling subject, it is highly unlikely that the negative side effects of cannabis use are significantly less than the damage caused by opioids and alcohol.

The safety profile of cannabis is even higher if you look at cannabidiol (CBD.) CBD already shows great potential in the fight against alcohol and opioid addiction and is not psychoactive or addictive, so it can be a safe alternative to legal drugs such as alcohol.


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