Argument: Legalizing marijuana would free up resources spent on enforcement
- Milton Friedman and other Economists. "Budgetary implications of marijuana prohibition in the United States". 2005 - "The report estimates that legalizing marijuana would save $7.7 billion per year in government expenditure on enforcement of prohibition. $5.3 billion of this savings would accrue to state and local governments, while $2.4 billion would accrue to the federal government."
- James Vaughn. "Why Marijuana Should Not Be Legalized". Associated Content. Nov 03, 2005 - "The billions of dollars wasted on incarcerating tens of thousands of people for simple possession could be spent on standardizing healthcare in America. The billions of dollars spent on adjudicating these charges could be spent on eradicating our need for fossil fuels. Perhaps some of these funds could be used to address our deplorable public school systems, cure cancer or eliminate hunger in the world."