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State to Tax Medical Marijuana

The sales and use tax exemption for prescription medicine will not apply, according to the state Department of Revenue Services.

You had to know that this was coming.

With the passage of the legalization of the sale of medical marijuana, the state Department of Revenue Services has now released guidelines on how those sales will be taxes.

“Sales of marijuana by licensed dispensaries will be subject to sales and use taxes; the sales and use tax exemption for prescription medicine will not apply,” the department says in its special notice.

That means all medical marijuana sales will be subject to the state's 6.35 percent sales tax, CT News Junkie reports. But even illegal sales of pot are subject to that tax, the news website says -- that's been a law since 1991.

Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the bill into law in June legalizing the sale of marijuana for medical uses after a lengthy debate as to the advantages of using the drug to treat conditions such as glaucoma. 

On Oct. 1, the law went into effect and a system of online registration was established for those eligible to purchase it legally. Malloy said he wants to make sure that only those truly qualify for it are able to get it.

The new law also opened up entrepreneruial opportunities for those interested in growing the medical marijuana, prompting the formation of the Connecticut Medical Cannabis Business Alliance.

Denise December 19, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I don't even have to read the article. The title says it all. And you all are money hungry SOBS! Bad enough for what people pay for medicines to help their health & this is something that does help medically & not used recreationally. Again, you all are money hungry scum. Maybe one day you will be poor & need help & see how far you will get. This has made me so mad I just want to puke on all of you.
Fred December 19, 2012 at 05:26 PM
All I hear is how people are going to dupe the system so they can get medical marijuana. So for some people taxing it will be a good thing. Let's just hope Dannell will ease up on some other taxes to help the elderly maybe. I wonder how many scrips will be written that are not needed. This is my concern. I would still rather have people smoke pot that drink any day of the week so why cant we just legalize it altogether. I have never seen and a speeder or an accident caused by someone smoking pot. I dont indulge, I'm just saying.
Julie Merring December 19, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Ridiculous. The fact that it is called MEDICAL marijuana means they are taxing a medicine. If they are not going to tax them all they shouldn't be taxing the one. Either make sure you have safeguards in place to make sure that people with an actual medical need for the product are the one's receiving it, or make it legal and tax it all. This is just a ridiculous way of trying to generate more taxes. Here is an idea...how about cutting some spending like the rest of us?
Will Wilkin December 19, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I agree with Denise and Julie. If they allow it as medicine, then treat it as medicine, that is, like the others. The side effects of many many prescriptions are much more dangerous than anything marijuana could cause. The drug war has been a complete failure, and this tax shows one hangover from the twisted attitudes it has wrought. I mean that there is complete hypocrisy in a pharmacy-saturated society declaring war on SOME drugs. Although most non-medical drug use has serious risk of harm, making some of those drugs illegal has only made the drugs much more dangerous (no regulation of manufacture or labeling) and the streets much more dangerous (no regulation of commerce, no legal avenue for contract disputes). And anyone who wants a drug can still find it, there has been no meaningful reduction of supply (I read that drugs are available even in jail too). If I weren't so focused on the #1 priority our country needs right now --a n economic growth program to build employment and prosperity-- I'd have a lot more energy to campaign against the sheer destructiveness of drug war. After all, the only thing more dangerous than drugs is unregulated drugs and unregulated drug markets. But I'm done on this one for now, I've got projects to agitate for better economic and trade policies, and I've got work to do trying to make my own company pay no matter what else happens in the economy. Lookiung forward to the day when government will do something right again.
AnonEMT December 20, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Thank God for Medicaid, pass the Cheetos!

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