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Measure would require drug dealers to pay taxes on illegal drugs

Date: January 29, 2013
By: Ke'yanna Johnson
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 40

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A proposed measure in Missouri would require drug dealers to buy tax stamps for their illegal drugs.
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Wrap: A drug tax bill proposed in the Missouri House would require drug dealers to pay taxes on their drugs.

Democratic Representative Jeff Roorda sponsors the measure and says it would help crack down on drug trafficking. He also says sending drug dealers that are addicted to drugs to jail isn't the solution.

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Description: "I believe that incarceration isn't our best option as a society when we're dealing with folks particularly when their crimes are motivated by addiction rather than greed."

 

Roorda says the taxes collected from the drug dealers would go to help people with drug addictions.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Ke'yanna Johnson.

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Drug dealers would have to pay taxes on their illegal drugs under a proposed measure in the Missouri House.
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Wrap: The bill would require drug dealers to purchase a tax stamp to put on their illegal drugs.

For example, the bill would require dealers to pay a tax of 50-dollars per each gram of cocaine, or 3-dollars and fifty cents for each gram of marijuana.

The measure was introduced by Democratic Representative Jeff Roorda. He says the taxes collected would go to help people with drug addictions.

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Description: "For those that are battling their demons and have some sort of addiction problem, the idea of taking this money and dumping it into treatment programs I think is a good one and moves Missouri closer to where we want to be as a state."

Roorda also says if dealers are caught without the tax stamp on their drugs, they would have to pay the required tax on top of other charges.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Ke'yanna Johnson.


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