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MERCY - The Medical Cannabis Resource Center - Status Report | MERCYs 501c3 Application in Denial
MERCY – the Medical Cannabis Resource Center, an Oregon state registered non-profit, applied for 501c3 non-profit status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). See Documentation, here > We are being denied.
Fwiw - We are being denied because the subject is “marijuana”, not because we aren’t non-profit. Nothing we do concerning the cannabis itself is commercial - we don’t buy/sell/trade or otherwise profit from the dissemination of medicine, materials or information on obtaining or growing yourself.
But even giving out such items and info is a crime and so is helping people to it until we End the War and get rid of Prohibition.
So, we are responding with what we believe to be valid reasons to be granted exemption status anyway and we see this as an opportunity to try everything we can - for the next person or group that tries this, if nothing else. Want to get it in the mail by 15th.
However, there are things to be gained from the process, even if we don’t get the status covering all our activities ourselves. For example, in my initial discussion with the IRS, I was informed that even helping people to get their ‘cards’ or otherwise Qualify for their local program was a crime and now they’ve backed off on that.
Thus, we’ve established that a non-profit can help people to get with their local Program to the extent of Law and Rules – Administrative – but any Patient Resourcing – matching to Grower, helping Find Medicine, How to Grow – will most likely require a lawsuit or just plain ending war/prohibition at the Federal level.
Let’s define the envelope and push it. Let’s find out what does and doesn’t work in this situation. What we come up with here may have no bearing, not apply or have to go thru judicial review (appeal process or such) that will cost more and thereby make it prohibitive for us to go further – but them we’ll know for sure. In the end we’ll have the knowledge of what the process is for non-profit medical cannabis resource centers in Oregon be it filing non-profit (CT-12) at the state level and as a profit/biz (Form 1120 –vs- 990) at the fed level – or what have you.
Besides, we’ve already paid the Piper and might as well Dance as long and hard as we can for all that can be gained from the experience.
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