Thirteen medical marijuana dispensaries owe more than $12 million in unpaid state taxes, according to a report recently published by the Board of Equalization.
The list includes several pioneers of the medical marijuana movement, who opened dispensaries not long after California became the first state to legalize weed as medicine in 1996.
Many of the businesses on the list have long been shut down, though a few continue to sell marijuana in some fashion.
The list comes from the Board of Equalization, which is required by law to publish details every quarter on the state’s 500 largest delinquent taxpayers. The idea is to encourage Californians to settle up, since their names are removed from the public list as soon as they make arrangements to start paying their debt.
Among the many tax-dodging car dealers, fast food franchisees, contractors and gas station owners on the list are a baker’s dozen of pot shops.
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