Illegal Drug Stamps Popular With Collectors

I don’t personally collect revenue stamps, but I find them interesting from an anthropological perspective.  The Stamp Collecting Round-Up recently featured this post, via The Anniston Star, about drug stamps and how they are popular with philatelists.

It turns out that several states issue illegal drugs stamps, some of which are quite nice.  I found some of the disclaimers on Kansas’ Department of Revenue web site interesting, to say the least.

“Attach the stamp to the marijuana and/or controlled substance immediately after receiving the substance.”

“A dealer is not required to give his/her name or address when purchasing stamps and the Department is prohibited from sharing any information relating to the purchase of drug tax stamps with law enforcement or anyone else.”

While I don’t have any direct experience in this area, years ago I met a gentleman while volunteering who was serving some drug related community service time.  He had mentioned the stamps in North Carolina, with the advice to buy them if you intended to deal drugs.  His position was that “When you get caught…and you will get caught…they will check to see if you’ve paid your taxes.  If you haven’t, you’ll have to pay the taxes and fines for not paying them.”  Sound advice from a career criminal?


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