Marijuana Dispensary faces Tax Audit


Medical marijuana dispensing has long been a dicey issue skirting between a legitimate health practice and illegal drug pushing. Medical marijuana dispensaries portray themselves as nonproft health centers and they offer value-added services like yoga and health-related literature. But the fact is there are truckloads of cash going into these dispensaries raising suspicion that certain quarters are surreptitiously selling drugs.

The Harborside Health Center in Oakland has come under scrutiny from the IRS. Harborside has long been regarded as a role model for the medical marijuana industry on the West Coast as it is one of the largest dispensaries there but this month has been called for audit by the IRS, according to its Chief Executive Stephen DeAngelo.

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