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Welfare Stoners: $5,475 Withdrawn on Food Stamp Cards in Colorado Pot Stores
FrontPage Mag ^ | 02/25/2014 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 02/25/2014 7:19:43 AM PST by SeekAndFind

I don’t think pot is covered by food stamp cards, but by the time the left gets done with Colorado, it probably will be.

During the first month of Colorado’s experiment with legal marijuana, welfare beneficiaries withdrew thousands of dollars in public-assistance cash from ATMs at weed shops, according to records obtained by National Review Online.

At least 64 times, public-assistance benefits were accessed at businesses selling marijuana. A total of $5,475 in public benefits was withdrawn at ATMs in establishments that sell pot.

The amounts withdrawn ranged from $20 to $400, averaging $85.55, according to the transaction records. In Colorado, the average household receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits includes one adult and two children, and the maximum monthly benefit for them is $462.

Colorado lawmakers recently failed to pass legislation that would have prohibited EBT withdrawals at retail marijuana shops, medical-marijuana dispensaries, and strip clubs.

“When we passed Amendment 64 to legalize marijuana, the main mantra of the campaign was, ‘Legalize marijuana like alcohol,’” Representative Dan Nordberg, a Republican from Colorado Springs, tells NRO. “But the bill was killed in the state senate, party line. Truth be told, you would think this is common sense, yet I’ve still not received a straight answer for why [Colorado’s Democrats] killed our bill and think it’s okay for welfare beneficiaries to withdraw public benefits in pot shops and strip clubs.”

Because that’s why they vote for Colorado Democrats in the first place.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: colorado; foodstamps; pot; welfare
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1 posted on 02/25/2014 7:19:43 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
We are cutting pay and expenses for our soldiers, but we give freeloaders "food stamps" to buy drugs?

Impeach Obama! Get him the f%$k out of our White House. Replace him with a real American.

2 posted on 02/25/2014 7:25:50 AM PST by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: SeekAndFind

They buy cigs and booze too. Not sure why those cards work at ATM’s, that’s the question.


3 posted on 02/25/2014 7:28:22 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: SeekAndFind

A “food stamp card” lets you draw cash?


4 posted on 02/25/2014 7:29:02 AM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: eCSMaster

We simply water the weeds today.


5 posted on 02/25/2014 7:29:08 AM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: SeekAndFind

Probably just the tip of the iceberg... These are just the REALLY REALLY Dumba$$es who did it at the pot store...

Sadly, these programs have become nothing more than wealth transfer schemes... And everyone is in on it but REAL taxpayers...


6 posted on 02/25/2014 7:29:17 AM PST by bfh333 (William Wallace was right! ~~~ FRRRREEEEEEEEEEEDOM ~~~)
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To: SeekAndFind

Tax dollars.


7 posted on 02/25/2014 7:29:19 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What a blessing that Obama can manipulate American liberties to take money from hard-working Americans who earn it and need it for their families, and channel it to amoral pot heads in exchange for their votes.

The president has brought the country low.


8 posted on 02/25/2014 7:30:44 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey, do they sell food in those stores as well? Gonna have the munchies, you know............


9 posted on 02/25/2014 7:30:56 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Proud2BeRight

Yes... Some EBT/SNAP benefits come with CASH outlays... Fantastic

I sometimes question WHY I work 2 jobs... sometimes


10 posted on 02/25/2014 7:31:17 AM PST by bfh333 (William Wallace was right! ~~~ FRRRREEEEEEEEEEEDOM ~~~)
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To: Jack Hammer

He wasn’t alone..................


11 posted on 02/25/2014 7:31:31 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: SeekAndFind

Perhaps if they get stoned enough they might stumble into a job.


12 posted on 02/25/2014 7:33:22 AM PST by posterchild
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To: SeekAndFind

Giving welfare recipients cash that they can spend anything they want on is a great idea.

What could go wrong?

BTW : Dems say we must increase their food stamps because they are getting the munchies.


13 posted on 02/25/2014 7:33:53 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor ')
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To: FReepers

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14 posted on 02/25/2014 7:34:32 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: SeekAndFind

Catch 22?


15 posted on 02/25/2014 7:35:55 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe they were buying brownies.


16 posted on 02/25/2014 7:36:34 AM PST by wildbill
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To: SeekAndFind

And that is JUST in establishments that have ATM’s


17 posted on 02/25/2014 7:41:15 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

Anyone know the price difference between the once illegal and now legal prices? Is it less or more expensive now?


18 posted on 02/25/2014 7:42:14 AM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: Red Badger

Hey, do they sell food in those stores as well? Gonna have the munchies, you know............

The Girl Scouts are next door selling cookies.


19 posted on 02/25/2014 7:42:56 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Wolfie

The debit cards used for food stamps have multiple purposes. One is food stamps and another is TANF which is a cash subsidy paid every month to welfare recipients.


20 posted on 02/25/2014 7:45:10 AM PST by nonamer
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To: Huskrrrr

Hey, a guaranteed customer base!..........................


21 posted on 02/25/2014 7:45:36 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, it is an herb that can be used as a condiment.


22 posted on 02/25/2014 7:45:55 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

Medicinal marijuana means someone else can pay for your stash.


23 posted on 02/25/2014 7:48:57 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: SeekAndFind

So, if it’s “medical” marijuana, shouldn’t it be covered under Obamacare?


24 posted on 02/25/2014 7:49:41 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Public benefit cards allow cash withdrawals?? Are we nuts?


25 posted on 02/25/2014 7:50:24 AM PST by jughandle
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To: Red Badger
"Hey, do they sell food in those stores as well? Gonna have the munchies, you know"

Some Girl Scout made a cookie sales killing by setting up shop just outside a pot shop the other day.

26 posted on 02/25/2014 7:52:16 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: jughandle

It’s so they don’t have to exert themselves going to the mailbox to get their welfare check and then make a trip to the bank to cash it, etc...
Too much burden.

Now we just credit their EBT cards with cash. And better yet, it looks just like a debit/credit card so there’s no “stigma” associated with using it!


27 posted on 02/25/2014 7:53:32 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Paladin2

The Golden Rule of Business Success:

Find a need and fill it!.............................


28 posted on 02/25/2014 7:54:48 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: SeekAndFind

As Pfc. Gomer Pyle used to say:”Surprise,Surprise”!!!!


29 posted on 02/25/2014 7:56:42 AM PST by bandleader
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To: jughandle
Public benefit cards allow cash withdrawals?? Are we nuts?

This was part of the quid pro quo of the so-called "welfare reform" enacted during the Clinton Administration.

And, yes, nobody should be shocked that when we let people withdraw their welfare cash from ATM machines, that some of these machines are going to be located in casinos, cruise ships, brothels, bars, Disney World and now pot shops.

As they say, "Don't hate the player. Hate the game!"

30 posted on 02/25/2014 7:58:06 AM PST by Drew68
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To: SeekAndFind

And nobody in this government saw that this was coming? Just like nobody saw coming the over 300% rise in accidents while HWD (HIGH WHILE DRIVING. This is what happens when you pass stupid laws. You never look for or expect all these unintended consequences. Hell, nobody has to come in shooting while we are being invaded, they’ll just step over us while we are on a HIGH.


31 posted on 02/25/2014 7:59:44 AM PST by gingerbread
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To: SeekAndFind

A question that’s mostly on topic here. Can anyone answer a couple of questions concerning the sale of pot in Colorado and Washington state.

In general:

Who can legally sell pot in those states?

And who can legally buy it?

Or does anyone have a link that addresses those questions. I did read that in Colorado an invidual can grow six plants for personal use, but haven’t seen any decent summary of who can sell it and who can buy it.


32 posted on 02/25/2014 8:04:48 AM PST by Will88
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To: SeekAndFind

HA HA hahaha HAAAA hahaaa.

What are they going to do when they get the munchies?
Eat the cat?


33 posted on 02/25/2014 8:16:28 AM PST by Slambat
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To: SeekAndFind

Just a little wealth spreading.


34 posted on 02/25/2014 8:16:55 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: SeekAndFind

When they become schizophrenic or bipolar are they allowed to sign up twice?


35 posted on 02/25/2014 8:21:15 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: SeekAndFind

“Colorado lawmakers recently failed to pass legislation that would have prohibited EBT withdrawals at retail marijuana shops, medical-marijuana dispensaries, and strip clubs.

“When we passed Amendment 64 to legalize marijuana, the main mantra of the campaign was, ‘Legalize marijuana like alcohol,’” Representative Dan Nordberg, a Republican from Colorado Springs, tells NRO. “But the bill was killed in the state senate, party line. Truth be told, you would think this is common sense, yet I’ve still not received a straight answer for why [Colorado’s Democrats] killed our bill and think it’s okay for welfare beneficiaries to withdraw public benefits in pot shops and strip clubs.”

This is just more proof of how a rat controlled state/county or city wastes tax money to support their druggie scumy voters.

Smart Girls Scouts and their parents are putting the kids out in front of so called medical pot stores, selling Girl Scout Cookies. They are doing great.


36 posted on 02/25/2014 8:34:56 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obozo Care is a Trinity of Lies! Obozo Care is probably a serious Black Swan event.)
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To: edcoil
The black market stuff is cheaper than the than the legal stuff. The legal stuff is not pressed into bricks and tastes better. The black market stuff is cash only, and gets delivered like a pizza.

Using EBT cards to buy pot really angers me. This is remote armed robbery to get stoned. Vote for demorats, get free dope.

Meanwhile, the pot shops cannot get bank accounts. They are swimming in cash. So a legal business cannot get legal bank service, while welfare slugs get our money on demand at an atm.

37 posted on 02/25/2014 8:35:21 AM PST by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: SpeakerToAnimals

“They are swimming in cash”

For a business, that is a nice problem to have.


38 posted on 02/25/2014 8:43:02 AM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: SeekAndFind

An average withdrawal of $85 will buy a lot of Cheetos. What we need here is a First Lady nutrition campaign. “Put down the Ho-Ho, dude, and eat a stick of celery!” It’s for the children.


39 posted on 02/25/2014 8:47:32 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: SeekAndFind

Government income redistribution disgusts me, but I find this particularly disgusting.


40 posted on 02/25/2014 8:50:11 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Did you hear about the pedophile priest who collects disability? Now this...

Guess there’s nothing we can do except gut the military so we can keep paying for democrats to have their fun.


41 posted on 02/25/2014 8:52:30 AM PST by GOPJ ("Great powers are driven by a mixture of confidence and insecurity.")
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To: Slambat
What are they going to do when they get the munchies? Eat the cat?

Why, buy Girl Scout cookies, of course!

Which goes to support...

Isn't that nice?

42 posted on 02/25/2014 8:55:41 AM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: jughandle
Public benefit cards allow cash withdrawals?? Are we nuts?

Been that way for years. And yes it is totally nuts.

43 posted on 02/25/2014 8:59:18 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Proud2BeRight; Jim Robinson; SierraWasp; Ernest_at_the_Beach; NormsRevenge

A “food stamp card” lets you draw cash?

In Califonicator land for tax payers, the scum can get up to $1,000 from an atm.

Go to the link below and enter Santa Rosa as the city to search to see how many places our beloved scum buckets can get cash from an ATM.

If you enter Gay Frisco, San Jose, Oakland or Sacramento, there are too many ATMs accepting EBT cards to put on the computer. You need a zip code in those cities.

http://www.ebt.ca.gov/caebtclient/usebenefit.jsp


44 posted on 02/25/2014 9:01:04 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obozo Care is a Trinity of Lies! Obozo Care is probably a serious Black Swan event.)
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To: edcoil
Would you like to keep tens of thousands of cash dollars in your business or home? How does a business pay bills and rent?

This has been an entrepreneurial success story. Millions of dollars are going to legitimate business at the expense of the cartels. Colorado has a new tourism draw.

45 posted on 02/25/2014 9:01:50 AM PST by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: SpeakerToAnimals
This is remote armed robbery to get stoned

ALL wealth transfer payments to the indolent indigents are remote armed robbery. The hard core democratic base consists of people to lazy to steal on their own, but rely on the government to do it for them.

46 posted on 02/25/2014 9:02:20 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: DannyTN

“When they become schizophrenic or bipolar are they allowed to sign up twice?”

Of course the BiPolars can sign up twice. One for each personality.

The Schizos will be allowed to sign up for as many personalities they have. The exact number of personalities will have to be documented by a Medicaid shrink. Of course all mental health visits will be coverd by Obozo Care.


47 posted on 02/25/2014 9:05:17 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obozo Care is a Trinity of Lies! Obozo Care is probably a serious Black Swan event.)
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To: Wolfie; SeekAndFind
They buy cigs and booze too. Not sure why those cards work at ATM’s, that’s the question.

The headline is extremely misleading. The funds they withdraw are TANF (what used to be called welfare checks) and not food stamp funds.

48 posted on 02/25/2014 9:08:14 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

You are correct.
A tv station here in Indiana obtained a file of debit card transactions for state TANF.
Vegas, Nevada brothels, Disney (CA and FL), Puerto Rico, yadda yadda.
It’s rough out there....


49 posted on 02/25/2014 9:11:10 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I gotta have cash to pay for that haircut for the job interview. Well maybe that can wait, I really want that new tattoo on my neck.


50 posted on 02/25/2014 9:12:42 AM PST by AmusedBystander (The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next)
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