Federal laws put business owners at risk in states where marijuana is legal, because banks aren’t allowed to handle money they earn from selling the drug.
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) appeared in a video with Tyson Haworth, an owner of Oregon’s Finest and Sofresh Farms, and a stack of $70,000 in cash he earned from selling legal marijuana, reported Huffington Post.
Haworth has to pack up his cash into a bag and drive it an hour away to Salem, so he can pay his taxes.
That’s not just inconvenient — it’s also puts him at risk for robbery, because he’s not allowed to deposit the money into a bank and just send a check for his tax obligation.
Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law, which means it’s against federal law to possess any revenue derived from its production or sale — even in Oregon, where the drug is legal.
Watch the entire video posted online by Oregon’s Finest: