The True Cost of Marijuana Legalization

CNN Money recently reported that $18 billion in tax revenue could be created if marijuana were legalized nationwide. But the benefits both in terms of crime rates, health and revenue are under scrutiny. Bills on the federal level have been introduced in both the House and the Senate that would not only allow marijuana-focused businesses to use the banking system, but would also remove marijuana as a Schedule I substance. Doing so may have detrimental effects on disability and workers compensation claims, drug testing, rent cost and litigation. Supporting the legalization of marijuana could lead to, among other ill effects, inconsistent work quality, poor concentration and lack of focus, and lowered productivity or erratic work patterns.

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