Owners of marijuana shops in Colorado didn’t want any part of EBT (food stamp) machines in their stores. They didn’t want the extra scrutiny from the government. But Colorado Democrats disagreed and voted to allow food stamp recipients to access cash at pot shops.
However, Democrats on the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee voted along party lines to allow the use of public assistance cards on ATMs in pot shops. Their reasoning is that many neighborhoods are “banking deserts” with few bank outlets and few ATMs. State Senator Irene Aguilar (D-Denver) explained, “I’m not comfortable limiting that access until I’m certain we’ve done that due diligence to make sure people can access their benefits when they need to.” Advocates for the poor agreed, suggesting, as did Terry Scanlon of the Colorado Center on Law & Policy, that they saw the legislation as “unnecessary regulation that could prevent access to benefits needed by low-income Coloradans.” (Read More)
I guess we’re supposed to just trust that nobody will use taxpayer dollars to pay to get high.