Monday, January 15, 2007

The Contradictions Of The 'Crack Tax'

It makes no sense. It is not constitutional. Why does it continue? Sadly - the cause may all be about money.

Other states have similar programs, but on Monday, NPR focused their attention on Tennessee's "crack tax":

For a second consecutive year, Tennessee has collected more than $1.5 million in revenue from its so-called "crack tax." The state has been enforcing a tax on illegal substances that drug dealers can report without fear of prosecution.

But once arrested, dealers must prove they've paid the tax or face fines or property seizure. A local judge has called it unconstitutional but the state is appealing saying it will help deter crime and boost tax coffers.

Complete report here.

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