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ummm

this is totally and completely surreal.

http://www.ksrevenue.org/perstaxtypesdrug.htm

Do these people *realize* how ludicrous this is?

At least this proves that Kansas is good for comic relief, if nothing else...

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suibhne_geilt
Feb. 7th, 2003 12:02 pm (UTC)
I think it's an interesting bit of legislation. If drugs are ever legalized, they will be taxed, just like cigarettes and liquor.

There are, however, a few ways to interpret this:

1. Al Capone was busted for tax evasion, not for murder, extortion, racketeering, smuggling, etc. By requiring drugs to have a tax stamp, even if a drug defendant is acquitted of other charges (possession, dealing, transporting, etc.), the state may still have a valid tax evasion case.

2. This may give Kansas a piece of the pie in a federal case dealing with activities within the state of Kansas. If the defendants are brought up on federal charges, I imagine that monetary penalties and seized property go to the federal government. If the defendant didn't have a Kansas tax stamp on their goods, though, Kansas has a case for getting $$$ and property on them.

3. Somehow, Kansas sees the handwriting on the wall, and thinks that there are enough challenges to drug laws moving, that there may be some degree of decriminalization, and wants a revenue collection system in place for that eventuality.

4. By admitting that it's a taxable commodity, they just may be making the first step in legitimizing the trade and use of controlled substances.

Thanks for posting this. It's cool stuff to think about.

- Eric
geekosaur
Feb. 7th, 2003 12:26 pm (UTC)
This strikes me as a "stupid person trap".
krow
Feb. 7th, 2003 12:31 pm (UTC)
This is mainly how the State prosecutes drug dealers in Kentucky. The state revenue from it is quite significant.
eub
Feb. 7th, 2003 02:58 pm (UTC)
BTW, you know the original federal law against marijuana was the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937? The idea there was to prosecute people for evading a $1 tax; the tax was made essentially unpayable by a devilishly clever thicket of paperwork and inspection by officers of the Treasury Department Bureau of Narcotics.
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