Colorado Judge Will Not Strike Down ‘Self-Incriminating’ Marijuana Taxes

COLORADO:  A Colorado judge ruled Friday that consumers and sellers of recreational pot must continue to pay taxes, even if it puts them at risk of federal prosecution.

A group of marijuana activists had filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming that pot taxes violated consumers’ and businesses’ Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

The activists’ attorney, Rob Corry, warned that those who pay the taxes are essentially acknowledging that they have violated federal law.

Denver District Court Judge John Madden ruled that the activists did not present a clear enough case to strike down the taxes. None of the plaintiffs owned businesses or could point to consumers who had faced federal prosecution.

 

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