On the other hand, illegal operations give no benefit to the government, but legalization will bring in taxes and help control the operations as well. “It is estimated that pot is the largest cash crop in California, with annual revenues approaching $14 billion. A 10% pot tax would yield $1.4 billion in California alone. A veritable marijuana economic-stimulus package!” (Klein, Joe, 2009; “US Policy on Drugs”, n.d.; Wolff, Madeline, 2009)
1. “Cannabis being used as a treatment goes back to China in 28 BC. Emperor Shen-Nung prescribed cannabis for: beriberi, constipation, female weakness, gout, malaria, rheumatism, and absent-mindedness” (“Marijuana Uses - Marijuana as Medicine”, 2009)
Saad, Lydia. “U.S. Support for Legalizing Marijuana Reaches New High.” Gallup.com. 19 October 2009. 17 November 2009.
Wolff, Madeline. “Legalizing marijuana can reduce crime, increase revenue for state.” sundial.csun.edu. 2009. 17 November 2009.