Currently, the DEA and some federal officials are working diligently to stop both medical medical and recreational marijuana through raids, busts, and legislation. However, this is both counter intuitive to the wishes of the majority of Americans and potentially harmful to the economic and social development of America as a nation.
Should marijuana be legalized, the country stands to see drastic decreases in crime and increases in revenues which could be put toward decreasing state and nationwide debt. It has been estimated that marijuana legalization in the US could bring in over $20 billion for the nation’s economy.
The following infographic demonstrates some of the financial and social changes that could come about were marijuana legalized.