Top Pro & Con Arguments


Legalized marijuana creates steep costs for society and taxpayers that far outweigh its tax revenues.

Marijuana use harms more than just the person using the drug. [129] Societal costs of marijuana use include paying for increased emergency room visits, medical care, and addiction treatment for the uninsured; more victims of drugged driving accidents; increased crime; and a negative impact on health from secondhand smoke. [78][102]


Annual societal costs from alcohol ($223.5 billion) and tobacco ($193 billion) far exceed the $24 billion in tax revenues they raise. [128][128][131][172] Money raised from legal marijuana taxes generally accounts for less than 1% of a state’s tax revenue. [132][134]


Legalizing marijuana would put one more harmful substance in our society that costs more than the revenue it generates. [130] According to the Pew Research Center, “the most frequently mentioned reason why people oppose legalization is that marijuana generally hurts society.” [133]

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