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The tax man, a new weapon in the war against marijuana

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Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 12:00 am

Put from underground and out of the shadows, the dope dealer is now a “bud tender” and wears a suit as he sells his wares in a mahogany-paneled waiting room with mood music wafting through the air-conditioned, nicely appointed office, protected by two security guards in case the environment turns rowdy.

Stockton has reached her milestone of attaining her first “cannabis canteen” or “medical-pot dispensary,” with more franchises on the way. This “wellness facility” ain’t no candy store, man — it’s a dope score sure as shootin’.

Speaking of shooting, on Sept. 27 in Ione, five gang members robbed a medical pot farm and murdered the farm operator. The gangsters were arrested following the shooting.

Also, the Stockton Police Department discovered an east Stockton warehouse in the 1800 block of Vicki Lane full of marijuana plants at various stages of growth and with 15 employees. Is this warehouse growing operation legal, and is it part of any local medical pot dispensary?

Stockton’s new upscale dope stores might soon want to expand in order to accommodate the “cottage industry” of al the usual suspects — massage spa therapy, liquor and hard drugs, gambling and money laundering, pornography and topless “bud tenders.”

The federal government has found a new weapon in its war on marijuana — the tax man. Example: the very large (94,000 member, $22M annual sales) Oakland medical pot dispensary, Harborside Health Center, was slapped with a bill for back taxes, penalties and interest by the IRS to the tune of $2.4 million.

Certainly Stockton’s new dope outlet will be open to the scrutiny of and watched closely by the city auditors and the IRS.

William Van Amber Fields


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