Legalizing Marijuana Nationwide in US Would Create One Million Jobs, Study Says

Article by Summer Meza, Newsweek

LEGALIZING MARIJUANA NATIONWIDE WOULD CREATE ONE MILLION JOBS, STUDY SAYS BY SUMMER MEZA. A customer purchases cannabis products at the Green Pearl Organics dispensary on the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in California on January 1.

Legalizing marijuana nationwide would create more than one million new jobs within the next decade, a new study says.

Analysis from New Frontier Data, a firm that focuses on the marijuana industry, also found that the federal government would create at least $131.8 billion in federal tax revenue over the next eight years if cannabis were legalized in all 50 states.

With federal legalization, there would be 782,000 jobs created immediately, and the firm forecasts that the number would increase to 1.1 million by 2025, including growers and retailers.

In 2015, a year after Colorado legalized recreational cannabis sales, the legal marijuana industry created 18,000 full-time jobs and $2.4 billion in economic growth in the state, according to the Marijuana Policy Group. New Frontier suggested this trend could be sustainable on a national level.

“If cannabis businesses were legalized tomorrow and taxed as normal businesses with a standard 35 percent tax rate, cannabis businesses would infuse the U.S. economy with an additional $12.6 billion this year,” New Frontier CEO Giadha Aguirre De Carcer told the Washington Post.

The economic growth would be pushed by increased demand on various industries, according to the Marijuana Policy Group. Farmers need warehouse space, and they purchase specialized equipment like lighting and irrigation for marijuana growth. Retailers rely on contractors and book-keeping services to run businesses. In states like Washington and Colorado, legal recreational marijuana has also led to a boost in some tourism sectors.

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