Robert Hoban, a lawyer, outlined how legalization can hurt the drug trade while benefiting the Costa Rican economy. When cannabis is illegal, people are forced to purchase it from the black market, which supports violent drug cartels. This is especially tragic in the case of medical cannabis patients, who are forced to seek out lifesaving medicine from such organizations. It is critical that cannabis is regulated to both control quality and take money away from cartels. Furthermore, legalization can bring millions of dollars to the Costa Rican economy. The overall benefits to individual patients and all of Costa Rica are immense.