In a magic/fantasy world I am building, the main type of magic, magic has this limitation: that after using it, if someone uses it at a pretty normal rate, they become a lifeless, mindless body after some time of using it. For the average magic user, this time is about a year and a half. The stronger you are, the longer you can last.
In this world, the use of magic is controlled by a select group of people in the government who are not the nicest. These people cannot do magic themselves, but they comb the world looking for magic-users and force them to use the magic to their own benefits and to be safe for the rest of the world. How much would magic influence the world?
NOTE: magic can be used easily to levitate or move objects a small distance, like opening a book, throwing a rock at a window, or opening a door; but larger material things are almost impossible and might kill the user much earlier, like knocking over a small house or throwing a table at a wall. Things in the spiritual world are easier, like making someone less tired or making a ward against evil, but things like possesion and influence are still substantial. Lighting fires, making light and illusions are pretty easy also.