.   The analysis, entitled “The Costs and Benefits of Recreational Cannabis Legalization in Illinois,” examines the “value” of cannabis to Illinois counties since the state legalized marijuana in 2020. Costs, the denominator of the equation, was measured as health-care costs for combating cannabis use disorder among the population. The analysis compares treatment costs to tax revenues to determine if getting into the marijuana business was worth it.   “An average, annual per person cost to treat a person with cannabis use disorder is around $1,700,” researcher Adee Athiyaman of the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs said.  …Read More