The cannabis plant could potentially lead to decriminalization and an economic boost.

"In 2006, marijuana was named America's most valuable cash crop, with an estimated production value exceeding $35 billion annually, which exceeds corn and wheat production combined. By making marijuana a legal commodity, the government could keep drug dealers from banking off the drug's mass appeal. Decriminalization of cannabis could have a number of benefits, from increased taxes to governments and additional health options for medically qualified individuals."

California, in the United States, is pursuing laws that effectively decriminalize the possess of cannabis. The substance would be heavily regulated and a tax would apply to each purchase. The tax could help fill budget deficits that have hurt the general economy in recent years.