Collecting History: 125 Years of the National Philatelic Collection

 

MARIJUANA TAX STAMPS

Beginning in 1954, the U.S. Treasury Department transferred nearly 7.8 million obsolete revenue stamps—used to collect taxes on merchandise, legal documents, and financial transactions—to the National Philatelic Collection.
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$1 Marihuana Tax Act imperforate block of ten revenue stamps, United States, 1937
$1 Marihuana Tax Act imperforate block of ten revenue stamps, United States, 1937
$5 Marihuana Tax Act imperforate block of ten revenue stamps, United States, 1937
$5 Marihuana Tax Act imperforate block of ten revenue stamps, United States, 1937
$10 Marihuana Tax Act imperforate block of ten revenue stamps, United States, 1937
$10 Marihuana Tax Act imperforate block of ten revenue stamps, United States, 1937
             
  $1, $5, and $10 Marihuana Tax Act imperforate blocks of ten revenue stamps,
United States, 1937
 
             
  In 1937, Congress imposed drastic new regulations and taxes on marijuana, which was then legal, in an attempt to restrict its use. To prove payment of the tax, three values of documentary tax stamps were overprinted with the words “Marihuana / Tax Act / of 1937.” Few copies of the stamps were sold.  
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