Throughout history, many politicians have made it their goal to paint cannabis in a negative light. We’ve long heard stories about the alleged dangers of cannabis, but times are changing. As cannabis becomes legal in more states every year, it is also becoming impossible to deny the medicinal properties of Mother Nature’s favorite child. But the benefits of cannabis consumption extend far beyond pain relief or relaxation. The legalization of the cannabis industry benefits the entire community in ways you may not have considered before.
Increased Tax Revenue
The most apparent benefit of cannabis legalization is the increase in tax revenue. Since the legalization of cannabis in 2014, the 11 states with recreational cannabis have generated $8 billion in tax revenue. In the span of just four years, Colorado is poised to raise more than $500 million in marijuana tax revenue. And this money won’t be sitting uselessly in government coffers — as stated in the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund, the vast majority will help support law enforcement, healthcare, and substance abuse treatment across the state. It’s no wonder that other states with legalized cannabis — like Washington, Oregon, and Nevada — have quickly followed suit.
So, the next time you (legally) light up, know that your cannabis consumption benefits the community at large. Marijuana tax revenue improves our education system, funds mental health programs, and offers a reprieve to groups of marginalized people whose lives have been devastated by outdated drug laws.
Regulation of Cannabis
Someone passes you a packed smoking pipe at a party, so you take a hit, but something isn’t right. Horror grips you as you realize that it wasn’t just cannabis. It’s every smoker’s worst fear. Unfortunately, in states where cannabis isn’t legal, this is more common than you would think. In 2021, there have been multiple reports of innocent smokers overdosing on cannabis laced with substances like fentanyl, meth, and cocaine.
In legalized states, cannabis growers and distributors follow strict guidelines to ensure that the product isn’t tampered with in any way. In Colorado, all cannabis products must undergo rigorous testing and be labeled to help keep cannabis consumers safe. The legalization of cannabis means safer consumption and happier smokers across the board.
Decreased Crime Rates
When you toke up in a community with legalized cannabis, rest easy knowing that you’re also contributing to the decreasing crime rate in your local neighborhood. Does this sound too good to be true? Let’s take a look at the facts. The city of Denver tracked its crime rates following the legalization of cannabis from 2014 to 2016 and found that crime rates decreased a whopping 19% in neighborhoods with a cannabis dispensary.
When you can simply walk into the store and purchase whatever strain of cannabis your heart desires, it’s easy to circumvent the dangers of buying cannabis on the black market. Furthermore, the legalization of cannabis decreases the amount of drug-related crimes and the power of drug cartels.
Tilden and Company
Don’t let anyone try to make you feel guilty about having a relaxing smoke session. The bottom line is, the cannabis industry has a positive effect on the safety and health of every state with legal cannabis. So pack your strain of choice into your favorite pipe and enjoy a great smoke.
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