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February 12, 2015 at 8:27 AM

Liquor Control Board prohibits bundling of pot, paraphernalia

Bongs at a local headshop. (Photo by Ellen Banner / The Seattle Times)

Bongs at a local headshop. (Photo by Ellen Banner / The Seattle Times)

Closing a tax loophole Wednesday, the state Liquor Control Board prohibited conditional sales, or bundling of marijuana with paraphernalia.

Unlike pot, which is subject to a steep state excise taxes, there are no special considerations for paraphernalia. By tying its sale to that of marijuana, pot retailers were able to attribute more overall sales to things like pipes and lighters, allowing them to reduce their tax burden in a way few consumers would notice.

For example, at Main Street Marijuana in Vancouver, Wash., a bottle of marijuana-infused drink additive was being sold with three pipes.

The rule took effect immediately Wednesday.

“Marijuana retailers are prohibited from requiring a customer to purchase other products and/or services as a condition to purchasing marijuana product,” reads the new rule. “The selling price of marijuana product must be indicative of the true value when sold without any other products or services.”

 

 

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