Question: Will the recreational marijuana business have a major impact on the local economy?
Bob’s Answer: YES
More tax revenue will flow but costs might exceed budget. State marijuana legalization has likely had minimal effect on marijuana use as it has been so easy to get marijuana for years. I see little support for the dire predictions made by opponents or the huge financial gains claimed by advocates of legalization. The real question is whether or not a long-term revenue gain will join with less drug-related crime. Only time will tell.