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From The Earth Adds Fees on Cannabis Products

Mike Morgan | July 15, 2020 | 2 0

Recently I visited the dispensary 'From the Earth' in Santa Ana, California. Normally, I would have gone to my local spot but due to a late night injury, and this dispensary opening at 6:00 A.M., I went there first thing in the morning to get some medicine. After my purchase I was given a receipt that showed I was charged on a state licensing fee as a marijuana product. It had the metrc numbers listed for tracking and even had it marked as a quantity of one. I was also charged for excise, state, and city taxes on the 'dispensaries licensing fee'.

When I called and spoke to "Cole," the manager, to say that I was being heavily taxed on this fee, he informed that, “yeah you are right, I get why you would question it being under product, but we are charging our clients as much tax as possible so we don’t have to eat that licensing fee.”

When I informed him that they were breaking the law by slipping in a fee disguised as a marijuana product and charging me taxes on said product I didn’t receive, I was told I wouldn’t be welcome to come back and was even name-called. Definitely seems shady and like they are pulling a fast one on unsuspecting people.

Comments(3)

  • Jul 18, 2020, 02:33 PM  Reply

    Why didn't you include a picture of the receipt to back your story? Your article is missing a bunch of information to back it along with the actual receipt that you complained about. If you don't like paying taxes for weed, either grow it or buy from the black market. So sick of hearing people whine about it. Learn to shop around and get the best deals. People are just lazy and go to the first shop then complain. There are a lot more affordable shops. Like Connected OC, they have all their prices with tax included and they still have the best prices in OC.

  • Jul 19, 2020, 02:19 PM  Reply

    CannabisToker Jul 18, 2020, 02:33 PM

    Why didn't you include a picture of the receipt to back your story? Your article is missing a bunch of information to back it along with the actual receipt that you complained about. If you don't like paying taxes for weed, either grow it or buy from the black market. So sick of hearing people whine about it. Learn to shop around and get the best deals. People are just lazy and go to the first shop then complain. There are a lot more affordable shops. Like Connected OC, they have all their prices with tax included and they still have the best prices in OC.

    Actually if you look at the photo on the top, you can click to the next image and see the receipt. And it’s not whining when they are illegally charging fees as marijuana and you don’t see it until after the transaction. It’s stating a fact.

  • GTG
    Jul 21, 2020, 10:44 AM  Reply

    As far as compliance goes, this is not legal. Both excise tax and licensing fees are required to be paid by the dispensary / farm / distributor / manufacturer. Do you go to any other business that adds their operating costs as additional line items on a receipt? no. Anybody that knows what they're doing, like every other business in the world, works operating costs into the listed price. That is calculated based on costs and margins. Not complicated, these people are just crooks and dumb ones at that. This isn't accounting, its before business 101 even... If you look up the license holder, shady bribery scandals pop up and other shady business dealings.

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