Connecticut Lawmaker Looks To Expand Tax Collection From Illegal Drugs

HARTFORD, CT (CBSNewYork) – In Connecticut, drug dealers, by law, are meant to pay taxes on the cocaine, marijuana, and other drugs they sell illegally.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

They’re supposed to pay the taxes directly to the state Department of Revenue Services, which can’t share the information with the local police.

But, says State Representative Arthur O’Neill, to no one’s surprise, the tax revenue collected is minimal.

He says if towns were to share in the proceeds, he believes police would be more aggressive since they know who is dealing drugs locally.

“That tax is already on the books. This is just a way to encourage local law enforcement to do more to try to help collect that tax,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau. “The purpose of this bill is to provide a share of the money that would be collected to local governments and thereby provide local police with an incentive since they conduct most of the investigations.”

O’Neill notes only $38,000 was collected there last year. He says it should be more like $1 million.

Connecticut lawmakers are currently revisiting the idea of marijuana legalization.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • Alex D.

    More Taxes on Drugs and Alcohol just perpetuates
    the culture of ignorance about The Mind.
    The Prohibition Lobby MUST BE STOPPED!

  • JeffG

    This may be a very tiny step in the long road toward legalizing drugs.

    When the state tastes even the smallest amount of tax money from this source, and starts really thinking about the potential of how much more is really out there, it will be like a spark that turns into a flame.

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