Alcoholics Anonymous Tax Deductible, Medical Marijuana Is Not

The Internal Revenue Service expects hooligans of the black market drug trade to pay taxes, but not even the most clever accountant will be able to deduct medical marijuana on their clients' federal tax returns this year.

Despite the sweet leaf being legal for medicinal purposes in almost half of the United States, the federal government refuses to consider cannabis a medical expense because it remains a Schedule I controlled substance. “You cannot include in medical expenses amounts you pay for illegal operations, treatments, or controlled substances whether rendered or prescribed by licensed or unlicensed practitioners,” according to Publication 502.

Interestingly, while medical marijuana does not qualify as a federal tax deduction, the Department of the Treasury will allow patients suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction to write off expensesincurred as a result of those treatments, including travel and meal expenses for those attending Alcoholics Anonymous.

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