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Suspected dealers gave up $10,000 in drug taxes during Wakarusa festival

July 19, 2006

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Kansas revenue agents take in about $1 million a year in cash or property seized from suspected drug dealers, with or without criminal charges being filed.

About $10,000 was collected that way from the increased law enforcement at this year's Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival, according to tax warrants filed last week in Douglas County District Court.

At least 13 people from around the country had suspected drug money seized during the festival weekend.

The biggest cash stash taken was $2,555, from Patrick J. Stanley, 25, of Delbarton, W.Va., who was arrested for possession with intent to sell LSD and psilocybin mushrooms.

The tax cases are just part of the ongoing legal aftermath of the festival. At least 10 people still have felony drug-dealing charges against them, including 28-year-old Dustin D. Russell, of Albuquerque, N.M., who rode a train to Lawrence last week to make it to a court date in Douglas County District Court.

Russell is charged with possession of LSD, a misdemeanor, and possession with intent to sell LSD, a felony. He plans to challenge the dealing charge on the grounds that his tent was searched illegally, but he admits he had the drug for his personal use.

"It's part of the scene," he said.

The drug tax is separate from any criminal charges. Stanley, for example, was charged with two felony drug-dealing crimes but was allowed to plead to misdemeanor possession charges.

"The evidence, after the charging, was not sufficient for the charges," Dist. Atty. Charles Branson said.

Judge Michael Malone sentenced Stanley to a year in jail but freed him after 21 days behind bars. Branson's office recommended a $200 fine as part of the plea deal, but Malone waived it.

The drug tax, enacted in 1987, was a way to ensure that people who dealt drugs paid some taxes because they don't collect sales taxes or pay income-tax on their profits. If dealers are caught with a certain amount of a drug - more than an ounce of marijuana or more than 10 doses of LSD, for example - and don't have a "Kansas Drug Tax Stamp" affixed for the proper amount, the state can assess the tax against them.

Someone with 100 doses of LSD, for example, would owe $4,000 in taxes. But historically, the state only collects about one-tenth of the drug-tax amounts it assesses.

For example, Ryan Matthew Dabkowski, a 23-year-old Connecticut man arrested during the festival for possession with intent to sell marijuana, was assessed a $47,200 tax, but agents seized $160 from him and most likely will leave it at that.

"For the out-of-state people, generally speaking, what we get at the time is all we're going to get out of them," said Phil Wilkes, an attorney for the Kansas Department of Revenue. "We don't have the means to go after them."

Dabkowski has not been charged in criminal court.

Three-fourths of the money collected through drug-tax seizures goes back to the police agencies that made the bust. Lt. Doug Woods, of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, said there are no specific plans yet for how to use the money seized at the Wakarusa festival, but that the money seized by the local drug squad historically has been used for surveillance equipment such as night-vision goggles, audio surveillance equipment or rental cars.

Since the law began, the state has sold about $33,000 worth of drug tax stamps. Wilkes said he doesn't know exactly who's buying them, in part because the law requires the purchase of the stamps to be anonymous.

"I'm going to say that probably somewhere between a fourth and a half of those were collectors," Wilkes said. "I have no way of knowing for sure."










Wakarusa cases

These are some of the cases still pending in District Court related to the Wakarusa Festival: ¢ Garth D. Brosemer, 34, Tierra Verde, Fla., charged with possession with intent to sell ecstasy. He failed to appear in court June 15, and a $10,000 warrant was issued for his arrest. ¢ Joseph P. Beuregard, 25, Altamont, N.Y., charged with possession with intent to sell ecstasy. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Aug. 10. ¢ Willie Golden, 48, Mount Union, Pa., is charged with dealing a counterfeit substance and is scheduled for a hearing July 31. ¢ Joshua P. Cohen, 23, Hackensack, N.J., is charged with selling ecstasy, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana. He's due in court Aug. 4. ¢ Ryoji McCormick, 20, of Arroyo Seco, N.M., Oneilo Lopez, 21, and Sergio Lopez, 21, of Taos, N.M., arrested for possession with intent to sell marijuana, were due in court Monday but had their cases postponed until Aug. 15. ¢ Dustin D. Russell, 28, Albuquerque, N.M., charged with possession with intent to sell LSD. He appeared in court last week in Lawrence to have an attorney appointed and had his case postponed until Aug. 31. ¢ Michael Schneiders, 23, St. Louis, Mo., charged with offering to sell psilocybin mushrooms to an undercover officer and with selling LSD. He has retained attorneys from Kansas City to represent him. Checkpoint charges: Some of the people arrested on drug charges at a Kansas Highway Patrol checkpoint outside the festival have not yet had formal charges filed, including Lawrence resident Charles S. Pearlman, 22, who was arrested on suspicion of marijuana dealing. Three men from Des Moines, Iowa, arrested in the checkpoint for possession with intent to sell LSD- Peter J. Casey, 21, Benjamin McCoy, 20, and Jacob W. Norman, 20 - have not yet been charged. But the state did seize $1,107 cash from their vehicle.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 9 months ago

Oh, that site is FUNNY!

Thanks.

Marion.

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holygrailale 7 years, 9 months ago

OldEnuf2BYurDad:

An hour???? You're kidding.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 9 months ago

Quit posting that "church" website URL! I spent nearly an hour there before I finally concluded it was not for real.

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holygrailale 7 years, 9 months ago

Marion:

Thank you for making us all aware of this important and crucial danger to our everyday lives.

I walked my son through the site tonight and he had a ball.

Thanks!!

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Here's a site that I believe you will find to be life-changing in your spiritual journey. It certainly was in mine.

http://www.landoverbaptist.com

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 9 months ago

Well, you all who advocate informing the public about the dangers of things.....................

Go here:

http://www.dhmo.org/

Thanks.

Marion.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 9 months ago

Holy=

"Actually, X users have died from water-logging. Best thing to do is not take 'X'"

That is what I should have posted to clear up confusion. I agree with everything you posted.

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Sigmund 7 years, 9 months ago

Finally a tax that liberals hate and I have no problem with. Now if we can just get taxes increased on Birkenstocks and dreadlocks we can get the hippies to join our tax revolt!

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holygrailale 7 years, 9 months ago

Bob:

I clarified what you said.

You can put yourself into hyponatremia by drinking too much water. Frat boys have died from this as well, during initiation stunts.

No fluids is just as bad as too much fluids. Since "no fluids" is easier to achieve than "too much fluids", I would err on the side of drinking.

You can replace Na / K fairly quickly.

Going into hyperthermia and trying to ride it out because you are frightened of water-logging / hyponatremia is a bad move.

Best move: Don't take ecstasy.

Second best move: have a hose or shower handy when you do take ecstasy.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 9 months ago

TOB:

Thank you for your fact-based posts.

There are too many round here who just don't freaking get it!

Thanks.

Marion.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 9 months ago

Holy - I see the confusion... Not taking X was implied.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 9 months ago

Holy - So you agreed with what I said. Thanks!

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scenebooster 7 years, 9 months ago

""Tell them to stay in Wichita" is even more specific."

You're kidding yourself if you think there aren't as many users in Lenexa, or MIssion Hills, as there are in Wichita.

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frankzappa 7 years, 9 months ago

All police officers suck.

They are all corrupt and greedy little bastards.

I hope they all rot in hell.

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monkeywrench1969 7 years, 9 months ago

SO basically you are saying the drug users of the US are funding the terrorists' war against the US and their interests.

Hmmmm sounds like the taxing of drugs and making it illegal to sell or possess drugs might be a way of the government trying to take funding away from terrorists.

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holygrailale 7 years, 9 months ago

The_Original_Bob:

WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.

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The only time oral intake of water is a bad thing is in kidney failure, unconsciousness, hyponatremia, neurological impairment or congestive heart failure.

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Water takes away heat by perspiration. It also stores heat by way of a high thermal heat capacity.

If you have taken ecstasy and you stop sweating, GET WET NOW. No delay.

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While on ecstasy, you can feel like you need to drink lots of water, and consume gallons over the course of an hour. That's not good.

You can screw yourself over by drinking too much water. That causes your Na levels to fall, whether you've taken ecstasy or not.

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Not drinking water is not good.

Drinking too much water is not good.

Drink enough to sweat. 1 liter an hour is okay. Don't drink gallons. Don't be silly.

Take your temperature if you feel you are in trouble.

Get in a shower. Hose yourself down.

A cool bath / shower is the best intervention.

Ask for help from someone who has not taken anything.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 9 months ago

"Lots of drinking WATER "

Actually, X users have died from water-logging. Best thing to do is not take it.

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holygrailale 7 years, 9 months ago

OldEnuf:

Ecstasy was there in our day. It was called "MDMA".

Ecstasy has a side effect of dangerous hyperthermia and with long term use, a stroke-like disabling of glucose metabolism in the brain, which is permanent.

Ever see the PET scans of an ecstasy user? One of the best anti-drug commercials ever.

If you are going to take ecstasy, have the resources to cool yourself down available for the whole experience.

Lots of drinking WATER and a pool or cool shower / hose available.

If you don't, you could die. No joke.

Take it on a hot day???? Are you kidding???

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Kathy Gragg 7 years, 9 months ago

know what it does and if you can't see how we as a nation fund the attacks from other nations; you should reread your history books.

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monkeywrench1969 7 years, 9 months ago

DUh

I was backing you up with facts not

"Oh yeah your mother."

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Kathy Gragg 7 years, 9 months ago

Yes that is what I said. reread my post.

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monkeywrench1969 7 years, 9 months ago

Bob

you are right "X" was legal for a while. A few folks I know who transferred to KU from SMU in Dallas said they could buy it in Bars until around '88 or so.

The fact everyone is so worked up about the dealers getting taxed like everyone else who gets taxed for for the work they do just reinforces it is a good way to make business more difficult for the dealer and the only way to upset someone is to "hit them in their pocketbook."

Enforcer: There is a tie to muslim terrorism and the drug taxes. You forget many of the muslim radical organization in Afganistan, African (don't forget SUdan and SOmolia one of the largest growing terror states in Africa), SE Asia and so on... cultivate, refine, ship for sale opium, "Kat", herion and other drugs which directly funds their Jhihad.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 9 months ago

In the United States, MDMA was legal and unregulated until May 31st 1985, at which time it was added to DEA Schedule I, for drugs deemed to have no medical uses and a high potential for abuse. During DEA hearings to criminalize MDMA, most experts recommended DEA Schedule III prescription status for the drug, due to its beneficial usage in psychotherapy. The judge overseeing the hearings, Francis Young, also made this recommendation. Nonetheless, the DEA classified it as Schedule I[4].

That same year, the World Health Organization's Expert Committee on Drug Dependence recommended that MDMA be placed in Schedule I of the Convention on Psychotropic Substances. Unlike the Controlled Substances Act, the Convention has a provision (in Article 7(a)) that allows use of Schedule I drugs for "scientific and very limited medical purposes". The Committee's report stated[13]:

Wiki

-- Basically, use of the drug took off after it became illegal.

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 9 months ago

" ecstasy wasn't on the streets when I was a kid'

Because it was legal. Someone can help me here but it wasn't outlawed till the late 80s I believe.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 9 months ago

H. Grail:

Things have changed: ecstasy wasn't on the streets when I was a kid. In ten years we will begin to see what the long-term effects of that drug are, and it will make us laugh that we ever worried about LSD. The sensory highs that E gives it's users today will be paid for later on... for a lifetime.

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veryconcerned 7 years, 9 months ago

Whatever happened to a zero tolerance on any crime is that too much to ask. If our District attorneys would do their jobs we wouldnt have all this crime

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veryconcerned 7 years, 9 months ago

I would have to say that by taxing the drug distribution we are saying that it's ok as long as you pay taxes. This really makes me mad that some of these drug dealers got only a slap on the hand this will not stop this evil occupation.

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holygrailale 7 years, 9 months ago

OldEnuf2BYurDad:

We're both old enough to know that things haven't changed since we were their age.

I know saying "no" won't stop it. I would prefer a non-driving, camping, everyone else is present, medical care on scene controlled environment vs the sneaking around on back roads and driving impaired scenario.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 9 months ago

Sorry, I'm too busy and "uninterested" to make the Wak. I heard a lot of good (and bad) stuff about it. I'd love for it to become the premier drug-free festival in the country.

Yeah, I know: 'drug free' is also wishful thinking. As one of the beaten-down dealers said "It's part of the scene,".

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holygrailale 7 years, 9 months ago

David Lowery rules!!!

HE RULES!!!!!

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The_Original_Bob 7 years, 9 months ago

The War on Drugs is really a horrible mess. It's been going on since I was a wee boy. Heck, I even remember D.A.R.E.! Doesn't seem that it did any good for my generation. The implication is there is a War on Drugs and it's been going on for years. You know what that means? The people on drugs are winning (Hicks). If the gov is really concerned about drugs (they aren't), then they would use more common sense ways of dealing with it.

All that having been said, these cats knew they were breaking the law. They got caught. Now they are doing the time/fine. It's the rules of the game and they lost. I don't feel sorry for them one bit (with the exception of those involved in illegal searches).

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local_support 7 years, 9 months ago

So did you end up making it to the festival OldEnuf? I heard Cracker and Camper put on a helluva show, although 17 people were arrested during the set for smoking the dope.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 9 months ago

"Keep out" was wishful thinking. "Make feel unwelcome" is more what I'm trying to say. "Tell them to stay in Wichita" is even more specific.

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Kathy Gragg 7 years, 9 months ago

"I'm happy because we are doing what it takes to keep the socially polluting drugs out of our community."

You will never keep drug dealers out of the community, because the system creates the demand for people to use drugs,

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Andini 7 years, 9 months ago

No Rap artists either....weird

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DonQuipunch 7 years, 9 months ago

Posted by Andini (anonymous) on July 19, 2006 at 8:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How can this be???? No one is from Topeka????<<<

Who do you think is supplying the dealers?

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for the refresher course, Marion!

I'm still OK with that. You see, this doesn't effect me, and if it ever did effect me, it'd be my own fault.

These guys aren't being hit with these "taxes" because they have too many bottles of Robutussin. This is LSD, ecstasy and cocaine. That's what they are dealing, so I'm supportive of the harrassment-in-violation-of-civil-rights being conducted with my tax dollars. Next year, these guys will go from Crap-a-loosa straight to Stupid-a-loosa without stopping to deal drugs in Douglas County at Wak Fest. I'm OK with all that.

Call me short-sighted, call me ignorant, but these guys weren't just keeping a little personal stash on hand, they were dealers. Let the beat-downs begin.

If the cops were giving beat-downs to people pouring heavy metals into the Kaw or Clinton Lake; or to people burning piles of tires indiscriminantly, there are many here who would praise the beat-downs. I'm happy because we are doing what it takes to keep the socially polluting drugs out of our community.

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Moira 7 years, 9 months ago

Actually, I agree with you that the Muslims are acting out partly because of our support of Israel. Connecting the two is a stretch.

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Kathy Gragg 7 years, 9 months ago

so nice you all can't see the connection between the two

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Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years, 9 months ago

I would have thought with all the headlines the amount would have been so much more. Oh well just give me the money I am sure I can find something to do with it. Oh yeah the war talk is on other articles in case everyone missed it.

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Moira 7 years, 9 months ago

My, my, no sense of humor this morning.

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Kathy Gragg 7 years, 9 months ago

oh my newaghippie is now the forum police, bite me.

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redemption 7 years, 9 months ago

Jafs, maybe you didn't see... we're done w/ that... go away. :)

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jafs 7 years, 9 months ago

The concept of jihad in the Muslim religion actually refers to one of the precepts of the religion, namely the injunction to fight against "oppressive occupying forces". Clearly the US is seen, with some justification, as being one of those.

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redemption 7 years, 9 months ago

Okay, sticking to the topic, my main opinion... SCREW THE DRUG DEALERS FOR ALL THEY'RE WORTH.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 9 months ago

Yes, I agree and will stick to the topic of the insidious drug taxes.

Thanks.

Marion.

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Moira 7 years, 9 months ago

HEY!

There are a couple of forums going on right now on this topic Marion and Enforcer. Please stick to the topic at hand.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 9 months ago

Enforcer, I do not have a closed mind on the matter of radical Muslims.

When someone says to me, "I will gladly kill you, your family and all your fellow citizens I tend to take that person at his/her word and react accordingly.

Every US citizen is engaged in a war whether they like it or not and that war is one of survival.

Radical Muslim will not stop util it is eradicated.

The US will not stop its War On The American People until the laws are changed.

I do not write reality but I do read it rather well.

Thanks.

Marion.

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jafs 7 years, 9 months ago

It does seem a little silly to have a tax on sales of illegal substances. Of course drugs should be legal, in my view, for a number of reasons.

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Kathy Gragg 7 years, 9 months ago

no point in discussing with your closed mind

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 9 months ago

Enforcer, you are very much mistaken in your assertion that the Muslims area only acting out because of the US govt.

I suggest that you examine a few of the websites put up by the terrorsts or just Google "Jihad".

the killing of unbelievers is an inherent part of the religion in spite of those who contend that Muslim is a religion of Peace.

The same applies to Christianity.

Thanks.

Marion.

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redemption 7 years, 9 months ago

"that guy raided" ha... - THAT GOT RAIDED.

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redemption 7 years, 9 months ago

Also, drug dealers are not the smartest anyway, remember that house that guy raided over by the country club? Yeh, maybe if they would've just gotten several houses at the same cost of that house, the energy bills would've been average.... At least TRY people.

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lawrencephilosopher 7 years, 9 months ago

If America wants a war on drugs.....I have the solution. Let the commission ban more drugs!

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Kathy Gragg 7 years, 9 months ago

oh screw you marion, I know who starts the wars and tha damned muslims wouldn't give a crap about me or anyone else if not for the government and their crap. Didn't care for Billy boy either but he is no longer in the highest position, Georgie boy is.

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redemption 7 years, 9 months ago

Oh my god monkey, smoke a blunt, chill out... it's just a little weeeeeeeed.

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monkeywrench1969 7 years, 9 months ago

Read the info a little closer. You have to pay tax on your drugs similar to if you have a car that you don't drive you still have to pay a tax because you have it whether you use it or not.

Taxes are all civil. They made the crime not possessing the stamp I am assuming for an extra charge.

It also makes sense that if the dope dealers are selling and it is a cash business, they should pay some sort of tax on the sales. Everyone else who sells something even second hand stuff on Ebay now has to pay taxes on it (I was surprised this year when I saw that new tax when I was filing) so why shouldn't they have to pay.

My guess is the sellers have gotten away with it for quite sometime so that is the price of doing business without it up till now.

Also if the law has been in place for 20 years why are we complaining about it now when a bunch of out of towners got busted for doing something illegal.

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redemption 7 years, 9 months ago

Personally, I think we should just go all out, take over the world... I'm tired of this terrorist threat level blah blah blah.. If we own everything, what're they gonna do. Except Canada, they should get to keep Canada.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 9 months ago

OldeE:

I think that you need a refresher course!

Start here:

http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/facts/funddocs/billeng.htm

Thanks.

Marion.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 9 months ago

No, Enforcer, some damned terrorist group will blow up another bunch of us before you get the idea.

There are lots of people out there who want to kill YOU, YOUR KIDS, YOUR CATS AND YOUR DOGS, simply because you are an AMERICAN and not a MUSLIM!

George Bush or not, those terrorists are NOT going to go away without assistance.

Nobody whined when SlickWillieKlinton took military action and the Hildbeeste supported him.

Everyone FORGETS that the HILDEBEESTE has said that it too, would take militray actaion when appropriate.

It is not a GWB thing it is a survival thing and you can whine about GWB all you want and it will NOT change the radical terrorsits out there one tiny bit.

These people want to KILL YOU simply because of who and what you are.

I say, KILL THEM FIRST!

Thanks.

Marion.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 9 months ago

So... if I understand Marion and Pundit, the law is basically a way to harrass dealers and users?

I'm OK with that.

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redemption 7 years, 9 months ago

Enforcer, I cannot believe you just said that about our wonderful president, the great GEE DUB. (we're doomed)

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redemption 7 years, 9 months ago

Ace, less hippies, who cares.

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Kathy Gragg 7 years, 9 months ago

who care Bush will have us blown to smittherines by then.

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Ace_Ventura 7 years, 9 months ago

Thats nice, Now we will see how many people deside to show up next year. I bet it will be half as many.

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Kathy Gragg 7 years, 9 months ago

welcome to america land of goverment opportunity . peace, love and taxation without representation.

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biggunz 7 years, 9 months ago

if it's a crime only because they don't possess a tax stamp, then make them pay taxes and make the drugs legal.

maybe i misunderstood but that makes no sense. it's a crime to possess illegal drugs i presume because someone feels they are bad. so if a person can't get a tax stamp to sell a pound of weed, how are they going to be penalized for possessing the weed AND not having a tax stamp?

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redemption 7 years, 9 months ago

Like anything in our 'system' will ever work... as long as these people who knowingly broke the law by bringing drugs got their drug money and drugs taken away, and had a little complication added to their life, good. Even if the confiscated money goes to no actually use that we can notice, at least the dealer had suffered.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 9 months ago

See, a lot of think that this is really about drugs.........it's not.

It is a bout the continued erosion of YOUR BASIC RIGHTS by and out-of-control bureaucracy!

A little peice at a time and they do it with taxes, bans, making purley natural substances illegal, civil actions that you cannot fight, etc.

Are you BLIND?

oh

i already asked that

never mind

Thanks.

Marion.

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reginafliangie 7 years, 9 months ago

biggunz: Thats how they make it a crime by saying they didn't have a tax stamp. Nobody is actually going to get a tax stamp to sell drugs.

I just don't understand why people are so upset about people getting in trouble for posessing illegal drugs. Why is it ok to let people do drugs and not get into trouble for it? You know if somebody OD'd or died or killed another because of the drugs at the Wak Fest you all would be going crazy about why nobody did anything to make sure that didn't happen.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 9 months ago

The Power That Be have seen fit to tax certain drugs whether or not the possesion is legal.

They CAN do this and there is court on the idea.

There is ALSO SALES TAX IMPOSED on the sale of illegal dlrugs so they can pop you for back sales taxes if they want.

The War On The American People began in the late 60s and early 70s with the establishment of the Office Of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement (Oh-Dale or "DALE") in which program local law enforcement personnell were moved by the Feds to other areas to act as drug agents.

These guys and gals were NEVER federalised and were operating on thier home state commissions which technically gave them NO power at all!

The Feds got a way with this for some time and until a few convictions got reveresed had no intention of federalising the locals.

This STANK and the prctice did cease but not before thousandas of convictions reulted and thousands of lives ruined.

You can also thank that GREAT DEMOCRAT, FDR, for allowing that GREAT A++HOLE Harry Anslinger to satrt the whole "Reefer Madness" thing.

You think that it was conservatives who set up the drug war in the first place?

Boy are you WRONG!

Do your homeowrk; look at the American Cotton Industry, look at the CIA which is one of the better drug dealers when it suits them to be so, look at the Mafia and how it initially did NOT want to get into drugs but did so because the govt kept drugs illegal!

LOOK AROUND YOU!

Thanks.

Marion.

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biggunz 7 years, 9 months ago

i think the whole thing's shady as hell. how are you legally taxing someone for possessing a substance that is illegal in the first place?? then you confiscate the substance??? i don't get it.

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billyflay 7 years, 9 months ago

sigmond

BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

friggin liberals,

can't live with them, illegal to shoot them,

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pundit 7 years, 9 months ago

I hate to admit it but Marion is dead on right here, and the article is wrong. The law was indeed passed specifically to allow for civil charges with lower proof thresholds to be used especially when criminal cases couldn't be made.

The article likening this to sales tax is all bulls***

The War on Drugs has failed and needs to be abandoned.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 9 months ago

Haven't you folks figured out that in the "War On Drugs" (Read: "The War On The American People), that probable cause, Miranda, The Bill Of Rights and other laws madating the actions of law enforcement do not apply?

I mean there are those of you on this very forum who will say totally idiotic things like, "The police can search my car or house; I hve nothing to hide!"

What feeble-minded morons!

The tax liabilities are set up as CIVIL matters for use when law enforcement can't get a criminal case.

Impose the tax and the VICTIM must then PROVE that he/she is not liable for the tax and must post bonds equivalent to the value of monies or p[roperties siezed and fight what will be a PROTRACTED legal battle to get their wtuff back; all WITHOUT a conviction!

Do you NOT SEE WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

ARE YOU BLIND?

oh

never mind

Thanks.

Marion.

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Andini 7 years, 9 months ago

How can this be???? No one is from Topeka????

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Moderateguy 7 years, 9 months ago

"Ryan Matthew Dabkowski, a 23-year-old Connecticut man arrested during the festival for possession with intent to sell marijuana, was assessed a $47,200 tax, but agents seized $160 from him and most likely will leave it at that."

Exactly how much weed do you have to posess for that fine? I say make him work it off turning big rocks into little rocks.

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Moderateguy 7 years, 9 months ago

"Patrick J. Stanley, 25, of Delbarton, W.Va., who was arrested for possession with intent to sell LSD and psilocybin mushrooms."

"Judge Michael Malone sentenced Stanley to a year in jail but freed him after 21 days behind bars."

Excuse me, but "huh?" Must be some other information here. If he really did the crime, he should do the time.

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Sigmund 7 years, 9 months ago

Finally a tax that liberals hate and I have no problem with. Now if we can just get taxes increased on Birkenstocks and dreadlocks.

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Kelly Powell 7 years, 9 months ago

It is calling it a tax that bothers me.....This has nothing to do with the legality of drugs in my opinion.....Document the money and if there is a discrepency in their income tax or they do not file sic the irs on them...

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plumberscrack 7 years, 9 months ago

Sounds alot like bribery to me. Either charge them with a crime or give them back there money.

Maybe the police should be charged with theft since they took money from people and no crime was committed.

Pretty good cash cow for the police but I can see a problem with corruption. "Give me your money kid and I'll let you go". Just doesn't sound like good police policy to me!

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