Making a marijuana dispensary tax payment without a bank account is difficult for numerous reasons, but now dispensary owners might also have trouble trusting the actual tax man collecting the payment.
On June 13, 2017, Oregon’s Salem Police Department arrested Theodore Raymond Paulsen, an Oregon Department of Revenue employee, for stealing a marijuana dispensary tax payment from A Better Way Medicinal Alternative, a medical marijuana dispensary based in Klamath Falls, this past January, as reported by the Oregon Cannabis Connection.
“The payment due for December, we sent in January,” said Ed Medina, owner of A Better Way Medicinal Alternative, to KOBI 5 News. “We were notified about a month later that the payment wasn’t received.”
When the Oregon Department of Revenue contacted Medina demanding his marijuana dispensary tax payment, he was able to pull together his records of the tax payment as well as copies of the money orders used to pay it to prove that he sent it into the DOR. Medina was also able to get copies of the cashed Western Union money orders to show that they had been forged.
“I emailed all of the copies I had to the Salem PD officer, and that was that,” Medina told the Oregon Cannabis Connection. “Several weeks later they contacted me to say an arrest had been made, and that it was an employee of the Oregon Department if Revenue.” Paulsen’s court date is July 12.
According to KOBI 5 News, the investigation is still underway as two additional people are being questioned in relationship to Medina’s case and the Salem Police Department’s search warrant indicates that Medina’s marijuana dispensary tax payment may not have been the only one stolen.
You can watch KOBI 5 News’ interview with Medina below.