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Welfare Stoners: $5,475 Withdrawn on Food Stamp Cards in Colorado Pot Stores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 A total of $5,475 in public benefits was withdrawn at ATMs in establishments that sell pot.

The amounts withdrawn ranged from $20 to $400, averaging $85.55, according to the transaction records.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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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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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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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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