Drug Tax Penalty Slams Medical Pot Dealers

Drug Tax Penalty Slams Medical Pot Dealers

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Entrepreneurs in the relatively new medical marijuana industry are getting slammed with federal income tax rates as high as 75 percent, thanks to a 1982 provision in the tax code that was meant to target drug runners.

The provision, 280E, bars anyone selling illegal substances from deducting related expenses from their federal income taxes. This means businesses that sell medical marijuana legally aren’t allowed to take rent or payroll as a business expense.  -  Read more at CNN

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Brianna Ehley is the former Washington Correspondent for The Fiscal Times. She is currently a reporter on Politico's health care team in Washington, D.C.