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Marijuana Tax Stamps

A little history - Marijuana started to come into the United States in the 1920s along with Mexican immigrants. These immigrants grew marijuana which cause some concern among people in the vicinity of where they worked. This is why some of the first anti-marijuana laws, occurred in, places, such as Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan.

Marijuana Tax StampIn the early 1930s, when the Great Depression hit, people started to fear these Mexican immigrants to the point people actually tried to get them to go back to Mexico. Mexican immigrants were thought to be undercutting Americans for jobs, plus it was widely thought that these people were taking marijuana, into town on the weekends, and introducing the population to marijuana convincing people to try it. The average American in the 30's felt these drug users were the reason for many of the criminal problems in their cities. Even researchers, who were rational about most things thought marijuana use, was a very serious problem back then.

Marijuana Tax stamps came about because a law that was devised by Congress the "Marihuana Tax Act of 1937" doctors, dentists and other legitimate users to register and pay an annual license fee of $1 to $24. believe it or not professionals were not the only people who could register and receive a license that would legitimize the use of marijuana, Recreational users or "drug users" as they were called back then were required to pay a $100 tax on every ounce of marijuana - or face 5 years in prison and a stiff fine.

The use of Marijuana Tax Stamps was valid from 1937 until 1969. During those 33 years, but because of the extremely stringent government regulations it took the average person to obtain a tax stamp it was nearly impossible to get. The Marijuana Tax Stamps that were issued eventually found their way into private collections and are so scarce most stamp collectors don't even know they exist.

You have to realize wages back then averaged only .40 (Forty cents) an hour which was only $832.00 a month. So In 1937, a $100 tax was extremely expensive - equal to well over $3,000.00 in today's economy. And those who did want to abide by the law faced two more hurdles. Personal information required on the stamp receipt was given to local law enforcement authorities, putting the applicant at risk of arrest for drug possession under state laws. Plus the stamps were almost impossible to buy.

In 1969 Professor Timothy Leary challenged the Marijuana Tax law. The U.S. Supremedrug tax paid Court declared the Act unconstitutional on the grounds that the information required on the tax stamp receipt violated the right of protection from self-incrimination. In his written opinion, Justice Harlan noted that the Supreme Court couldn't find a single application for the $100 stamp.

Today, Marijuana is the most widely used illegal substance in the world. It's also the most controversial. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 96.8 million (40.2%) Americans ages 12 and older have tried marijuana at least once during their lifetimes. About 25.5 million (10.6%) people reported past year marijuana use, and 14.6 million (6.1%) people reported past month use. So it is not surprising that tens of thousands of current marijuana users express a similar view over the selective and inappropriate enforcement of illicit drug taxes.

Similar to the laws of 1937 anyone in possession of marijuana or other illegal drugs are required by law to purchase and affix state-issued stamps onto his or her contraband. The cost of the tax is normally determined by the quantity of contraband the person is registering. The funny thing about these tax stamps even though the sale and possession of marijuana is illegal, drug tax stamp laws primarily assess financial penalties on the defendant for noncompliance and in some cases criminal charges can also be imposed. Remember Al Capone? He was never convicted of killing anyone, prostitution, assault etc. he was eventually sent to jail because he failed to pay taxes on his ill found gains.

It is amusing that nearly half of all US states currently have marijuana tax stamp laws on the books, but few people few citizens observe them or even know they exist. People that do know of these obscure tax laws fear that by complying with them it will incriminate them by acknowledging their illegal use of drugs. Because use of the drug tax stamps are almost nonexistent - states use the current tax stamp laws to impose an additional penalty - tax evasion - upon drug offenders after they are arrested and criminally charged with a drug violation.

Today some states such as Georgia, failure to comply with the state tax law may result in a misdemeanor. However, in other states such as Minnesota, failure to comply with the state's drug tax law could get have the offender facing an additional fine of up to $14,000 and seven years in jail on top of any related drug charges they may face.

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