When Honduran authorities spirited away alleged drug lord Juan Matta Ballesteros and had him extradited to the United States in April, Hondurans rioted in the streets and demonstrated for days at the U.
Conversely, if and when drugs are legalized, their price will collapse and so will the sundry drug-related motivations to commit crime. Deborah White is a journalist, activist, and blogger who writes about progressive politics.
These might include software developers, financing services, construction companies, and many others. If there are no laws in place that would prevent them from acquiring whatever drugs they wish to have, it could create more health problems for certain individuals — even with greater access to treatment.
Alcohol and tobacco are legal, yet they are known to cause cancer, heart failure, liver damage, and more. According to Gallup, "the transformation in public attitudes about marijuana over the past half-century has mirrored the liberalization of public attitudes about gay rights and the same-sex-marriage movement.
For instance, restrictions could be placed on how much and to whom the newly legalized products are advertised.
Thus, any potential tax revenue gains from sales can be offset by economic losses related to lowered workforce productivity e. For noncitizens, including legal permanent residents — many of whom have been in the U.
In the case of states like California and Nevada where such infrastructure already exists, the economic impact has become more quantifiable as the sector has matured.
As marijuana becomes legal in more and more parts of the country, it's likely that the price will drop overall as a result of commoditization.
New Frontier's report predicting the impact of federally legal marijuana suggests that nationwide legalization could generate 1. For heroin the factory-to-retail price differential is even greater. This sharps risk creates a disease and injury risk to anyone in the area, and especially children.