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CO Stoners Can’t Use Food Stamps to Buy Weed

A red and yellow sign informs customers of what payments can be used, including food stamps at a grocery store. Unfortunately, food stamps do not cover MMJ in CO.

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CO Stoners Can’t Use Food Stamps to Buy Weed

Rocky Mountain stoners may be using food stamps to buy weed, and although this potential trend appears to be nothing more than paranoid folklore on behalf of Colorado lawmakers, they have insisted in taking steps to ensure potheads on public assistance never get high on the government’s dime.

Republican party members recently submitted a proposal – Senate Bill 37 — that would serve as an amendment to an existing law, incorporating Colorado’s retail pot shops in a ban against using food stamp cards in establishments like liquor stores and strip clubs.

The fear is that dispensary patrons could use electronic benefits to fund marijuana-infused edibles and beverages.

Concerned legislators say that while they do not have any knowledge of incidents involving people using EBT cards to purchase marijuana, a modification to the current law is necessary to clarify the boundaries of the law.

“We need this bill, if for nothing else, as a statement,” said Representative Jared Wright. “We shouldn’t be enabling anyone to buy a substance that is banned under federal law. It’s not a good use of taxpayer money.”

Insiders from Colorado’s legal marijuana industry say they are not aware of customers using or attempting to use government assistance to buy cannabis. “I’ve never heard of it. We’ve never seen it in any of our locations,” said Ryan Cook, manager of the Denver-based retail marijuana chain The Clinic.

Nevertheless, it appears Senate Bill 37 will move forward. Federal law already prohibits the use of EBT cards for the purchase of alcohol and tobacco as well as excludes businesses that offer adult entertainment and gambling from facilitating electronic withdrawals.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. leah

    January 17, 2014 at 7:57 am

    is the government unaware that people are using their foodstamps to purchase alcohol and cigarettes regularly? they go into liquor stores, get a bottle and the owner agrees to ring it up under a food purchase. i know someone who works at a liquor store and has seen it happen. Why isn’t the government looking into that?! liquor stores shouldn’t even be allowed to accept food stamps. why aren’t there picture id’s on food stamp cards? only the people the cards are issued to should be able to use them. instead people are selling them for money and buying drugs. there is no way the government doesn’t know about this and why the hell are they letting this happen?!

  2. DAN LEWIS

    January 17, 2014 at 5:46 am

    The headline ‘CO Stoners can’t…” is trying too hard to be cool.
    ‘CO’ should have been written out.
    Choose clarity over ‘hipness’ please!
    Don’t cool yourself out of the market.
    If you have no journalistic experience, resign.
    Thanks!

  3. missy

    January 16, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    The govt pays millions of tax payer dollars to fraudulent disability claims, in return we get prescription drug abuse at an all time high. These are govt and state tax funded programs so it seems to me the Fed Govt with all the pork politicians put in legislation the govt is already funded and encourage prescription drugs because the FDA says that a better medicine… hmmmm let that sink in…

  4. Kristine

    January 16, 2014 at 8:12 am

    They starting out by saying they would b wasting taxpayers money if they give citizens finds and they use it to buy cannabis. I guess they are not looking at the bigger picture. Every month they give U.S.A. citizen so much money claiming its for a disability. Meanwhile a lot of those people abuse other substances such as alcohol and crack cocaine. So if they really are worried about taxpayers money then they need to find a more effective way to help take care of our disable citizens

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