Nederlander Tax Write off for Hash

A kinda cheesy article from Canoe but the topic intrigues me so here it is, read more via the link.  I *would* put a photo to a Amsterdam coffee shop here or maybe a big chunk of hash, but i am kinda busy right this minute but maybe later i’ll write some commentary and include a relevant photo but maybe not.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – A Dutch court has added a new item to the list of activities eligible for tax relief – drug running.  Judges in the central city of Arnhem recently declared that a professional fisherman convicted of smuggling drugs could deduct the cost of buying and shipping hashish to the Netherlands from his income on his tax return, national daily De Telegraaf reported Tuesday.


The court ruled that because he had only been convicted of drug running and not trading in drugs he could deduct the cost of buying and transporting the drugs on his tax form. That cut his tax bill to euro1.8 ($2.4 million) – a saving of euro1.5 million ($2 million).

Under Dutch law, marijuana and hashish are illegal but police don’t fine smokers for possession of less than five grams (one-sixth of an ounce) or prosecute for possession of less than 30 grams (one ounce).

Authorities look the other way regarding the open sale of cannabis in designated “coffee shops.”But growers are subject to raids and prosecution, meaning the officially tolerated shop owners have no legal way to purchase their best-selling product.

The case isn’t the first time a court’s ruling on taxes has raised Dutch eyebrows. In 2005, judges in the northern city of Leeuwarden ruled that witches can write off the cost of schooling in witchcraft against their tax bills if it increases the likelihood of employment and personal income.

CANOE — CNEWS – Weird News: Dutch court makes hash tax deductible

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