Skip to comments.Getting High on the Taxpayers Dime
Posted on 03/10/2014 11:59:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
You knew it was coming.With the legalization of pot in Colorado and other states, it has been discovered that over the past few months, purchases of marijuana in pot dispensaries have been paid for with cash from welfare benefits.
The purchase of marijuana is strictly a cash business so it was obvious that ATM machines should be made available inside the dispensaries for easy access to money.Thats fine except that there is no distinction between a credit/debit card and an EBT card.
Taxpayers have given this money to people that are in need of assistance, not to people who need to get high.In one month in Colorado 19 different marijuana retail stores had a least one welfare recipient walk in, use a Quest card and withdraw money from an ATM machine inside the store.It doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure out what they were buying.Welfare clients used state-issued debit cards in stores with names like Medicine Man, Starbuds and MMJ Uptown.Gee, cant imagine what they sell.
An investigation showed that a majority of people use the money for rent, household supplies and items for their children, but the Colorado Department of Human Services admits that there are those that abuse the system.
According to National Review:
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 A total of $5,475 in public benefits was withdrawn at ATMs in establishments that sell pot. This figure includes medicinal dispensaries, recreational stores, and at least one place that combines the two. Some of these establishments sell groceries as well as pot, so there is no way to know exactly how much welfare money was spent on marijuana.
The amounts withdrawn ranged from $20 to $400, averaging $85.55, according to the transaction records.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.
Unfortunately, Colorado lawmakers failed to pass legislation that would prohibit the use of EBT card withdrawals inside of marijuana shops, medical-marijuana dispensaries and strip clubs, but last year they did pass a law stopping EBT transactions at gun shops, bars, liquor stores and gambling establishments.When Colorado Amendment 64 was passed to legalize marijuana, the Republicans wanted it to be treated the same as alcohol.This new bill that was defeated by the Democrats in the State Senate basically opens the door for your tax dollars to be used by welfare recipients for weed and lap dances.
Arizona Congressman Paul A. Gozar (R) just this past week has introduced legislation called the No Welfare for Weed Act (H.R. 4142).It would prohibit the purchase of marijuana products using TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits.SNAP EBT cards can be used if marijuana is sold from a vendor who also sells food.
Congressman Gosar explains it this way:
"Regardless of your feelings on States Rights, 'medical' marijuana or recreational marijuana, people shouldnt be able to get high using hard-earned taxpayer money. The sole purpose of this bill is to prohibit marijuana from being purchased with SNAP and TANF benefits. These programs are meant to provide subsidies for food and other basic living essentials for the neediest families. Unfortunately, there are always unscrupulous people looking for ways to game the system, which makes this commonsense update to federal law necessary. Taxpayers expect and deserve a lean, efficient government. Accordingly, I will do everything in my power to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse whenever possible, including preventing the use of federal welfare benefits to purchase weed."
Entitlement fraud is rampant, we all know it, and government is too big to even get a handle on it.So now our hard earned tax dollars are not just being redistributed to some people who dont want to work, but know how to work the system, but now we are paying for them to get high on OUR dime!
Hopefully Congressman Gosars bill will pass and some restraints will be put on this rampant abuse.If not, then we all may as well join a Choom Gang!
I was told by libertarians (some here) this would not happen if we legalized it.
I thought it was WIC approved...
If only Libertarians were as vocal about Welfare as they are dope and whores.
Would someone please explain to me why putting smoke in your lungs is the devil
It comes from a marijuana plant.
There is a speed called “warp stupid”, and liberaldom has found it.
They just buy the marijuana brownies because of their nutritional value. I crack myself up sometimes.
What is the difference between the welfare recipient outside of Colorado using his/her entitlements to purchase illegal marijuana and inside Colorado? It all comes from our taxpayer dollars. The difference is that the money in Colorado doesn’t go to Mexican drug lords.
They didn't inhale.
Is there a difference between them using the card in the ATM in the shop or down the block?
An EBT Card is given to an individual to use as they see fit. That is the problem - not an ATM in a head shop.
As a side note there is a difference between an EBT card and a SNAP (Food Stamp) Card.
Vaporizers and edibles put no smoke in your lungs.
I’ve seen too many pictures of joints and bongs.
(If those vaporizers are the same 1960’s moms used to use with Vicks VapoRub in it, then they are breathing it into their lungs. If they’re different, then fine.)
And that makes it ok?
Morgan Brittany?? Aren’t there some sort of rules about this?
Don’t care. If libs want to kill themselves, have at it. Now, legalize heroin and cocaine.
Vapes are totally different, like e-cigs. Vapor, no smoke. No, I haven’t tried them.
In most states SNAP and EBT benefits are combined on a single card, such as the “Quest” card.
No, it doesn’t. I am just asking why you are picking on Colorado? It is done everywhere that there are druggies, drug dealers, and ATMs.
So before they die they can still vote and also rob people and burglarize houses to get their fix money... the math just doesn’t add up.
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