Tennesee's "Crack Tax" Under Appeal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials have decided to appeal a ruling that Tennessee's tax on narcotics is unconstitutional.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue says the attorney general plans to ask the state Supreme Court to hear the case.

The state Court of Appeals ruled earlier this month that the state shouldn't be allowed tax activities it considers illegal.

The so-called "crack tax" has been on the books in Tennessee since 2005. It requires people to buy tax stamps for illegal drugs and liquor, just as wholesalers must buy for cigarettes.

The law allows the state to go after the belongings of people who are caught with illegal drugs or alcohol that don't bear the special tax stamps.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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