Even though it’s just a plant, marijuana generates A LOT of money. That’s one of many reasons on the laundry list of why it should be legalized. Increased tax revenue for municipal and state services, from education to health care while also decreasing law enforcement resources and incarceration rates, which drain the tax base.
There’s one radical idea out there about how legalizing marijuana can specifically affect affect homeless populations with increased social programs for addiction and housing. Peep the stats above.