Berkeley, CA Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owes $6 Million In Taxes
The largest medical cannabis dispensary in Berkeley, California – the Berkeley Patients Group owes about $6 million in back state taxes and interest from three years where it didn’t pay. The dispensary has been disputing the tax bill since 2007, saying medical cannabis shouldn’t be taxed just like other medicine is not. The original tax bill was $4.4 million with the rest coming from interest that has been racking up over the last three years.
Medical marijuana taxes were unclear in the middle of the last decade, so the Berkeley patients group didn’t pay them assuming medical cannabis would be untaxed like other medicine. Now the state wants the money it lost out on from 2004 to 2007.
While I agree that in an ideal world medical marijuana would remain untaxed, this is not practical. First off, states are very broke and are not going to let a cash cow like cannabis go untouched. Secondly, medical marijuana is not the end of the road. Cannabis won’t always be just medicine. Someday soon marijuana is going to be completely legal and won’t have the shield of medicine to protect it from taxation. It will be taxed, that is an undeniable fact. We will work hard to keep taxes as low as possible, but legalization is simply not possible without taxes coming with it.
Anti-drugs role model' who represented parish jailed over cannabis factory
A judge warned Crowther – who claimed he was an anti-drugs role-model for youngsters – that he could have considered a community order if Crowther had not denied his role in the crime.
The 57-year-old, of Marine Valley, Flamborough, had maintained a man called "John the Gipsy" used the lock-up and was to blame for the drugs.
Police seized 173 illegal plants worth almost £7,000 from his lock-up in Bempton Lane Industrial Estate in Flamborough, Hull Crown Court heard yesterday.
Evidence of a fledgling cannabis growing operation was also found at a second lock-up Crowther rented in Arras Hill, near Market Weighton, and plants were seized from his van.
At an earlier hearing, Crowther pleaded guilty to being concerned with the production of cannabis on the day it was set for trial.
Judge Jeremy Richardson criticised Crowther for his "nauseating hypocrisy".
He said: "I can't say the defendant was a prime mover but he was involved in the operation knowingly and fully.
"You were a pillar of the community.
"You have done them a grave disservice.
"You have shown scant regard for your family and your employees."
Crowther runs a haulage firm called Flamborough Gas and DIY, employing six people who are likely to now lose their jobs.
He had previously told the court: "I am a role model in that I am trying to help the kids. I am not going to be dealing in drugs."
However, Andrew Stanx, defending said: "He now accepts that he in fact allowed himself to be involved."
Shamed Crowther was the parish council's representative for the Off The Streets Committee, which ran from September 2007 to early 2009, to provide services and equipment for the young people in the village.
As reported, the parish council were unable to sack Crowther from his role until he was sentenced to more than three months in jail. He technically remained a councillor until he resigned in October.
$4.6m Of Cannabis Seized By NSW Police
POLICE have seized $4.6 million worth of cannabis during a week-long operation on the NSW mid north coast. More than 2300 cannabis plants, up to three metres high, were seized during the raids, which took place between Monday and Saturday. It was the third operation by the police cannabis eradication program and it targeted areas including Cooperabung National Park and state forests in the Taylors Arm and Bowraville areas. So far this year, police have seized plants with a total estimated potential street value of $17.6 million.
"Our aim is to detect and destroy cannabis crops across the state," Detective Superintendent Nick Bingham said in a statement. "Whether it’s a semi-rural crop or on a steep mountainside in a remote part of the state, there's a very high chance police will find it."
Bill would ban synthetic marijuana in Colorado
DENVER -- Colorado may join roughly 20 other states in banning chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana.
Senate Bill 134 would ban synthetic cannabinoids which are often sold under the brand names Spice and K2.
When consumed, the chemicals mimic the effects of cannabis.
The bill’s introduction comes a week after the Air Force Academy suspended 25 cadets accused of using synthetic marijuana.
SB 134 would make synthetic cannabinoids illegal to possess or sell, and it would make no exception for people with legal clearance to use medical marijuana.
Man asks cops about growing pot, is arrested
Marijuana dispensary now in Tacoma mall
Freighthouse Square, Tacoma’s eclectic, homespun shopping center in the heart of the Dome District, has suddenly become even more eclectic.
Now, along with the pita bread sandwiches, model trains and vintage clothing, there’s a shop where medical marijuana patients can pick up hashish-infused gumballs, buy pot cookies and choose from more than a dozen varieties of resiny marijuana buds.
A medical marijuana collective called Natures Resource Center opened downstairs in Freighthouse Square, offering an array of products for those who have obtained authorization under the state’s medical marijuana law.
Marijuana collectives are no longer particularly unusual in Tacoma.
In the past six months, at least a half dozen have opened in various parts of town, capitalizing on a gray area in the state law that, by some readings, allows such operations. Some offer home delivery.
What is unusual about Nature’s Resource is its location. Most of Tacoma collectives have set up shop on quiet streets or nondescript office parks.
Nature’s Resource is squarely in the middle of one of the city’s most popular family attractions and right next door to City Blocks, which makes specialty creations out of Legos and has a play area heavily used by children.
As a result, the new store has raised some sharp criticism.
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