Colorado activists try to halt tax collections for marijuana sales

By Christina Sarich | Natural Society

A Colorado attorney, Rob Corry has sued the Denver District Court stating that Colorado’s tax system violates the 5th amendment, protecting individuals from self-incrimination, and violating the US Constitution. He, and other activists feel that the exorbitant taxes on marijuana legalized just barely a year ago in the state are antagonistic to the main reasons for legalizing marijuana in the first place.

Corry puts forth that when marijuana growers and sellers pay taxes on marijuana sales, they incriminate themselves under federal law, which still bans marijuana and has it classified as a Schedule I drug in company with heroin and cocaine. Though President Obama has promised not to pursue federal action against states that legalize cannabis, the issue remains querulous for states that are considering legalization.

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