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ACLU The War on Marijuana Report, June 2013

ACLU The War on Marijuana Report, June 2013

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This section calculates three estimates of the annual fscal costs of marijuana possession
arrests in the United States, denoted as: (1) Low Estimate, (2) Middle Estimate, and (3)
High Estimate. For the reasons provided below, we believe that the Middle Estimate is the
best estimate of the true annual fscal cost of marijuana possession enforcement.43

It should be noted that the economic analyses of the fscal cost of marijuana possession
enforcement in this report are almost certainly conservative estimates, to the extent that
we do not include downstream factors in our analysis (e.g., additional costs incurred
beyond the justice system, such as reduction in labor force, reduction in tax revenue,
educational disparities leading to under-employment in already economically depressed
neighborhoods, and so forth). Rather, the report focuses only on direct enforcement
costs.

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