US Postal Service says no to marijuana tax payment in Alaska

The U.S. Postal Service in Juneau, Alaska, refused to deliver a box of cash to Anchorage for a local recreational marijuana business that was mailing its regular tax payment to the state, saying the delivery would violate federal law.

The incident underscores the legal and operational obstacles marijuana firms face when forced to use cash to pay bills and salaries as well as purchase goods. Many banks and credit unions won’t do business with MJ businesses.

Rainforest Farms, a retailer and cultivator in Juneau, was mailing its state tax payment to Anchorage because it’s the only city in the state equipped to take cash deposits, the Juneau Empire reported.

“Any proceeds from the selling of (marijuana) is considered drug proceeds under federal law, so you can’t mail that,” Anchorage postal inspector Aaron Behnen told the Juneau Empire.

If cannabis businesses can’t mail cash, companies must have those payments driven to Anchorage and hand-delivered, the paper said. Rainforest Farms was able to mail a tax payment last month.

Ken Alper, Alaska Department of Revenue Tax Division Director, told the Juneau Empire the state must find a solution for “these legitimate business people to pay their taxes,” adding that the incident “throws a tremendous wrinkle into our processes.”

None of Alaska’s four state-chartered banks or its one state-chartered credit union has been willing to do business with marijuana businesses, according to the newspaper.

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4 comments on “US Postal Service says no to marijuana tax payment in Alaska
  1. Eric01 on

    This unacceptable and our Federal agencies will be the cause of their loss of their own budgets via the demand of the general public, and the States that have told these agencies they will not support Federal agencies raids on Cannabis retailers, growers and the public. On top of that these Federal agents couldn’t raid just one State’s worth of disensories in LA alone, without local law enforcement, the riots would be uncontrollable! Let them try though, and see how quickly the law get’s changed.

    The train has left the station a long time ago.

  2. Jilean on

    I actually thought Trump was a business man. He is missing a very good opportunity to get some cash into the Government accounts. This situation should get those Feds figuring things out BUT no they are just as incompetent as the last batch of idiots running things.
    He is spending and spending more with really no way of replacing those funds OR is there a way why not Legalize cannabis in the entire country.
    Fools will be fools will be fools

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