Washington wants pot tax trial in state court

Washington wants pot tax trial in state court

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Washington wants pot tax trial in state court

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 2 at 12:07 PM

SEATTLE (AP) - The state attorney general's office has asked a federal judge in Seattle to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Washington's authority to tax marijuana sales.

In the motion Friday to U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman, the state says Martin Nickerson failed to appeal the tax assessments in a timely manner and that the issue should be resolved in state court.

The case arises from the state's attempt to collect sales taxes from a medical marijuana dispensary in Bellingham. Attorney Douglas Hiatt, who represents Nickerson, said it could throw a wrench in Washington's plans for collecting taxes on recreational marijuana, too.

The lawsuit challenges Washington state's authority to tax marijuana as long as marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

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