CALIFORNIA: Forget social justice, equality, and doing the right thing — when it comes to getting it done, politics and policy are all about that money.
Backers of marijuana legalization have long argued that ending the war on a plant and lifting prohibition on cannabis means big money for California. And Attorney General Kamala Harris agrees with them.
If California legalized marijuana, the state would save “hundreds of millions of dollars,” according to the Attorney General’s office. That’s on top of hundreds of millions more in potential tax revenue — meaning legal weed could, conservatively, put California half a billion dollars in the black.
That’s real money.
This isn’t Harris being weed-friendly, either: this is an analysis required by law.