April 15, 2015 9:00 am -


Unlike other businesses, they can’t write off expenses.

They want the law changed, saying it’s discriminatory and outdated as more states move to legalize marijuana.

“We don’t want special favors – we just want to be treated like businesspeople,” said Nick Cihlar of Bellingham, Wash., co-owner of Subdued Excitement Inc., a company in nearby Ferndale that grows marijuana for Washington state retailers.

The ban on deductions by the Internal Revenue Service is in place for one reason: Congress has declared every pot transaction a felony crime.

Getting the law changed will be difficult, with legalization opponents arguing that it would be a mistake to give the pot industry any tax breaks.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.