But the 800-pound-gorilla question is:
Are all those costs more or less than the costs to run a drug war on marijuana? A lot of what the author mentions are one-time costs, the costs of a drug war are many, ongoing, and also paid by taxes. Wepay for the police to catch dealers and users, courts to try them, jails to hold them, police to fight the criminals and cartels that get absurdly rich selling pot, border patrols to crack down on Mexican cartels who are happy to meet our demand for pot, and it goes on like that.
And while a drug war will always cost money, taxing legal pot sales will also bring states additional revenue. Might legalized pot actually pay for itself, perhaps even yield a profit for states? Who knows? Hill gives no ###s.