California, Feds Tussle Over Marijuana Cash

Fearful of enticing another federal raid, at least one California medical marijuana dispensary has a unique practice: it pays its state sales taxes every week. Usually businesses pay the state Board of Equalization annually, quarterly, or monthly, but there’s nothing stopping companies from “prepaying” weekly, says board spokesperson Anita Gore. She couldn’t say how many taxpayers deposit that often, but hadn’t heard of the practice until now. The Berkeley Patients Group — a dispensary with about 10,000 patients in the Bay Area — pays weekly ever since a DEA raid in 2007.

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