The so-called “crack tax” applies to controlled substances like
marijuana and cocaine, and also illicit alcoholic beverages like
moonshine. It allows someone to anonymously purchase stamps in person
from the Department of Revenue based on the type and amount of the
substance ($3.50 for a gram of marijuana, $50 for a gram of cocaine,
etc.) with the understanding that doing so cannot be used against them
in a criminal court. Posessing drugs is still illegal — the tax works
completely outside the criminal justice system. A stamp cannot provide
immunity from criminal prosecution, and a conviction of possession
isn’t required for the Department of Revenue to assess the penalties.

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