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Well, there is some sanity in this world, it would seem. A bill making its way through the Colorado legislature, if passed, would prelude food stamp recipients from withdrawing EBT cash inside pot dispensaries. A no-brainer if ever there was one

"A bill proposed by several Republicans would add marijuana dispensaries to liquor stores, gun shops and casinos as places where recipients of public assistance payments and food stamps can't use their electronic benefits cards to access cash."

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Of course, the article also states the obvious that people could sell what they get on their EBT (food stamp) card and then use the money to buy marijuana. But what stoner would do that to get high? DUH. DUH. DUH.

Another example of using drugs to dull the pain of a meaninglessness life in a Utopian Welfare State.

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Comment by Karen Jourden on January 20, 2014 at 1:26pm

EBT cards are also given to those who babysit through Social Services which is a salary to them.

Comment by Doug Nicholson on January 12, 2014 at 1:03pm

When one is receiving Food Stamps (SNAP) benefits on an EBT card, he can't purchase certain food items or withdraw cash with the card. However, certain other benefits, such as Welfare (TANF) are also applied to the EBT card and those benefits can be withdrawn as cash at any ATM or store that allows "cash back". Another trick that     is used by SNAP recipients, depending on store policy, is to buy a large quantity of an expensive product, such as steak, then immediately return the food, receiving a cash refund. 

Remember, EBT is a government run program; by definition it cannot work efficiently.

Comment by Tea Party California Council on January 11, 2014 at 9:14pm

You are the very first, to the best of my usual inquisitive memory, of any political persuasion, to comprehensively, candidly and with clarity, reveal the detrimental consequences of marijuana smoking or any form of injesting which no one has bothered to vocalize publicly.  There has been a politically concerted maneuver to promote the narrow, short term placebo benefits, but withheld everything that will deter easy, cheap accessibility to what is just another mind deteriorating drug to give more losers another excuse to remain reckless and irresponsible. I encourage you to continue feeding this article to other outlets.

Comment by Paul Szemanczky on January 11, 2014 at 6:17pm

Since the govt. spends $47 billion a month on foodstamps for 49 million Utopian work and relief shirkers I would say Colorado is the 1st state to realize the immense 'cash-cow' it's milking. Other blue states are processing laws in committee right this instant to race to catch up to Colorado's Rocky Mountain 'High' (if only John Denver were here to start doing the national commercials, Jack!). I'm REALLY waiting to pull out some hippie beads and Men's Hair Club wig and start smelling like patcholi and cinnamon to realize which conservatives will start looking-like Timothy Leary and intend to RUN FOR PRESIDENT. That may be the strainght edge-to-win in the next conservative's platform: "Let's all get high as a kite and sleep in a mist, but out of the Obama shade." I could write a book of one-liners having lived, survived and enjoyed the 60-ties.

Comment by Rick Faircloth on January 11, 2014 at 4:38pm

As a nation, we have gone WAAAY overboard with trying to take any sort of shame out of being on food stamps or EBT cards. Shame is one of the best motivators to trying to coax people who have made being "looters of the public" a way of life. No, not all people who need public assistance are abusers; so don't even go there. But people who decide to just live off of the generosity of the public as a way of life and stop trying to rise above dependence should be forced to feel great shame and guilt. When we make the rewards of living off public assistance virtually equivalent to making one's own living, we become enablers for the freeloader way of life. (As a side note, I could hardly believe that someone with an EBT card could get cash at all! Denying access to cash would be the surest way to prevent abuse, such as purchasing marijuana or visiting strip clubs! And there should be NO steak on the grocery list of someone on public assistance. Steak should be an EARNED benefit! I know that some of the low-ranking military members are on public assistance. That should never be the case! Their pay should be high enough that they earn too much to qualify! What an embarrassment, and something that makes me ashamed as an American, that would would pay any rank in our military so little that they should have to depend on WELFARE to live! We depend on THEM to live!)

Comment by Jack Kemp on January 11, 2014 at 4:10pm

LInda, perhaps they cannot get cash directly (I don't know either), but they can get things like steaks they can then sell for cash.

Comment by Lindar on January 11, 2014 at 3:44pm

Stupid question here.....but how is it they can even get cash withdrawal on EBT cards?

Comment by Morry Markovitz on January 11, 2014 at 3:10pm

COULD THIS BE THE REASON BEHIND AMERICA'S GROWING OBESITY EPIDEMIC??    With so many on food stamps, and with marijuana legalization spreading, can there be any doubt that many  of these people have been using the marijuana as an ingredient in the "classic" brownie form, or in other delectables, and then scarfing them down their gullets?   No wonder we're seeing so many  more "pot bellies" lately!!

Comment by Phil McConathy on January 11, 2014 at 2:47pm

Funny how EBT users would want to smoke their troubles away. If they got a job would they could actually afford to buy even more weed. Problem is that they would have to actually get out of bed early EVERY day and actually go to a JOB! Can't believe they had to adopt ANOTHER law to restrict EBT users. How about only allowing EBT cards to be used for ESSENTIALS not candy, soda pop, and junk food, etc.

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on January 11, 2014 at 2:40pm

Thanks.

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