I’m actually a little surprised that this turned out his way:
A judge ruled this week that money seized in a Burlington police drug bust could be used to pay the defendant’s property taxes.
The man was, apparently, selling pot because he was behind on his property taxes, a choice that the judge called a “bad decision.”
But, hey, it’s a recession! It’s hard enough to pay your bills without the government breathing down your neck about property taxes. And when the government comes a knockin’ you better pay up, or they might kick you out of your house.
So this man decided to do what ever he could to pay those men, even if it meant dealing drugs.
But that didn’t work out too well. Or did it? When Burlington police searched the man’s house they seized $1,250 in cash and 117 grams of marijuana. And, of course, the judge allowed him to use the money towards his delinquent taxes.
But you would think that a government that has deemed marijuana to be an evil plant wouldn’t want to take that tainted money. Perhaps they could have donated the money to a charity while making the man pay his taxes with ‘honest’ money.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m no fan of prohibition, but it seems a little hypocritical for the government to take drug money as a payment of debt. Am I wrong here?
Well, I guess it worked out for the guy. It certainly could have been worse. The city could have confiscated the drug money and not wiped out his debt. Then he would have been on probation and still had a bill to pay the government.