Welfare Stoners: $5,475 Withdrawn on Food Stamp Cards in Colorado Pot Stores

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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 A total of $5,475 in public benefits was withdrawn at ATMs in establishments that sell pot.

The amounts withdrawn ranged from $20 to $400, averaging $85.55, according to the transaction records.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

  • CaoMoo

    So I need to go to california for the prius for poor people then colorado for the weed. Good to know for my parasitical road trip across america. Now where do I go to get free gas for it. sarc

    • Habbgun

      Have you ever heard of siphoning???? You are the 99%!!!….when you take gas from that old beater you just know that guy was from the 1%. Who says Progressivism is not an individual morality???

      • CaoMoo

        Man you are the one who makes dreams come true what an simple solution! Ill write you from California by voice recognition in my new Prius. :) Before I get baked in Colorado of course.

        • Habbgun

          Great….swipe me some Anchor Steam Beer from a one percenter grocery store and I’ll drink to your health.

  • CowboyUp

    America used to be the place where hard work paid off, but now it’s a place where that is punished and laziness pays.

  • UCSPanther

    Two for one: Legalized pot that can be bought with taxpayers’ money.
    The gutter trash already are known to do this with black market dealers (IE trading EBT cards for drugs), but it is illegal.
    The fact that in this case, it is legal, is a travesty.

  • Ted Shryock

    And this is a surprise why???

  • blert

    While it’s hard to imagine a Colorado State Senator (D) owning a pot shop…
    One would certainly expect a conflict of interest when strip clubs were folded into the bill. (Bill foldings?)
    No doubt that strip clubs were conflated with strip malls,… or perhaps mauled strippers.
    I must bring to your attention just how politically active — and connected — such establishments have always been.
    That part of the language would’ve been a poison pill for any Democrat, even those without hidden ownership.
    Certainly such a restriction would’ve been deemed a pole tax… and an affront to single mothers (D) whenever they vote.