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Doctor cites medical pot petition for $700K tax lien

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Springfield lawyer and surgeon Dr. Brad Bradshaw this morning addressed a more than $700,000 tax lien filed against him last month by the IRS.

The lien lists an amount of $701,287, a personal address in east Springfield and his wife as co-grantor, according to a Greene County recorder filing.

Bradshaw cited, in part, financial efforts for Amendment 3, his failed ballot initiative last year to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri. Under his proposal, revenue from medical marijuana sales in the state would have created an independent research institute to develop cures for cancer and other medical diseases and conditions.

“I’m very passionate about cancer research, and I guess I was just too passionate,” he said this morning. “The bottom line is I’ve always been about cancer research.”

Asked whether a payment plan had been set up with the IRS, Bradshaw deferred questions to his tax attorney, Robert Fedor. The Chicago attorney, who has represented Bradshaw in at least one previous tax lien case, could not be reached for comment by deadline.

Springfield Business Journal previously reported Bradshaw self-funded most of Amendment 3, committing nearly all of the $1.76 million raised for its Find The Cures committee prior to the vote. Amendment 2, a separate medical marijuana ballot item, was approved by voters last November.

Find The Cures, which remains active with the Missouri Ethics Commission, reported roughly $2.1 million in debt in its July quarterly report.

Bradshaw previously told SBJ that past tax liens filed against him — totaling roughly $119,500 — were made in error.

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