Alaska Receives First Tax Payments from Marijuana Businesses

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November 30, 2016

Leif Abel, co-owner and co-founder of Greatland Ganja in Kasilof, arrived at the Permanent Fund Dividend office in downtown Anchorage Tuesday morning to pay $5,600 in taxes for one of his cultivation business’s first sales. He is the second marijuana business owner to pay his taxes in cash; the first deposit was made Monday evening, according to the Department of Revenue.

“We’re proud to be able to come in and pay our first marijuana tax. It’s something that we’ve been we’ve been working toward for between two and three years now so it’s nice to finally reach this day,” Abel said. “It’s kind of as big of a day as our first sale was to us.”

Inside the PFD office, a specially constructed drop box allows any Alaska business owner to drop off cash payments for their taxes. The machine was installed just recently to help meet the growing needs of marijuana taxpayers in Alaska.

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