Marijuana Taxes Are Upheld, But Paying Them Could Incriminate You

Marijuana Taxes Are Upheld, But Paying Them Could Incriminate You

Robert W. Wood
Contributor

Remember Lois Lerner? She’s the IRS Exempt Organizations Chief whose emails disappeared but whose texts revealed bias against conservative groups. She has refused to testify multiple times claiming protection under the Fifth Amendment. The right not to incriminate yourself runs deep in our Constitution.

Even so, a Colorado tax on marijuana has been upheld by a federal court despite claims that paying it amounts to self-incrimination violating the Fifth Amendment. Plaintiffs want the taxes on recreational pot outlawed, reasoning that they require businesses and consumers to implicate themselves in federal crimes. The plaintiffs lost on getting an injunction at this point, but that doesn’t mean the lawsuit is over.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2014/08/23/marijuana-taxes-are-upheld-but-paying-them-could-incriminate-you/






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