I linked to this in the sidebar, but it’s so amusing I decided to put it here on the main page as well. Apparently Tennessee has decided that just because drugs are illegal, that’s no reason not to tax them. They are now subject to the Unauthorized Substances Tax, 75% of which is used to fight the drug war. The tax must be payed within forty-eight hours of receiving an illegal substance and is supposedly anonymous. But just to clarify…
8. If I purchase stamps, will I then be in legal possession of the drugs?
No, purchasing stamps only fulfills your civil tax obligation. You will still be subject to the criminal statutes of Tennessee for possessing the drugs.
Read the whole FAQ. It’s surreal. Thanks to non-blogging Julian for the tip.
[Update: In the comments, Drug WarRant blogger Pete Guither points out that these kind of laws aren’t uncommon and some have been struck down as a form of a double jeopardy. He also duly notes that, like so many other absurdities in the drug war, it’s not so amusing when these laws are used to strip people of their property. See his 2004 blog post for more.]