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Tennessee’s Illegal Drug Tax Stamp

First, it takes a special kind of stupid to lose money when your only job is to take people’s property without due process of law and sell it:

A report released today by the Tennessee Center for Policy Research (TCPR) finds that from January 1-June 21, 2005, Tennessee’s Unauthorized Substances Tax (UST) cost taxpayers nearly $1.5 million more than it generated in revenue.

With that business model, I could retire next week.

Now, it’s costing more since the law was struck down as unconstitutional:

2,772 people could be eligible for ‘crack tax’ refunds in TN

When Williamson County Sheriff Ricky Headley was busted for illegal prescription pills, the state taxed him $13,000 on the value of those drugs.

Then, he got his money back. Plus interest.

“I got every penny back,” said his Nashville lawyer, David Raybin.

Beautiful. I love it.

Via The Rep.

3 Responses to “Tennessee’s Illegal Drug Tax Stamp”

  1. John Smith. Says:

    So now the law is only if you have 10,000 or more in dope. Do these people ever learn?? Unless they are going to quit enforcing drug laws for those under 10,000 it will never work.

  2. cargosquid Says:

    Soooo…if they DIDN’T confiscate the property…..they’d make more money…..OK then.

    Typical government operation.

  3. mikee Says:

    I note that the story states that the county sheriff got his fine back, but the lawyer emphatically states that the lawyer got the money. Details, details….