Federal Tax Code section 280E was passed by congress in 1982, when the Internal Revenue Department brought a case against a convicted cocaine trafficker. The trafficker in reply to the IRS, filed a return where he claimed deductions for objects used to traffic said drugs (i.e. the guns bought for protection ect.) Being that no regulations were put into place to combat this issue, the IRS was required to accept the returns. As a result of this, the trafficker was allowed to keep over half of his earnings. The Tax Code was plainly meant to apply to people who were illegally trafficking drugs and trying to claim their “business expenses” to maintain their lifestyle. This did not pertain to organizations, such as dispensaries, set up to abide strictly to the laws of their state. So why try to tax a company trying to do the right thing with their business?
Enter the case of Harborside Health Center v. the IRS. With 22 million