Welfare parasites can buy marijuana with food stamps

Obama smoking pot

Add marijuana to the long and growing list of abuses of welfare, specifically food stamps or EBT cards. (For other abuses, go to the “see also” links at the end of this post.)

S. A. Miller reports for The Washington Times, Sept. 9, 2014, that welfare recipients can use their EBT cards at marijuana “dispensaries” in states such as Colorado that have legalized pot. EBT cards are what used to be called food stamps

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) announced he’s drafting legislation to close the welfare-for-weed loophole after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed to him that marijuana shops were not off limits to EBT cards or other federal benefits.

Sen. Sessions, a ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, said, “The federal government current spends roughly $750 billion each year on means-tested welfare programs across 80 different accounts. This money is administered by a vast, sprawling bureaucracy with little oversight and no moral vision. Surely we can all agree that the guiding principle ought to be that benefits are reserved for those in real need.”

Sessions pointed out that Congress in 2011 had passed laws that allowed HHS to prohibit Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash benefits from being spent at vice institutions, such as liquor stores, strip clubs and casinos. But the department did not interpret that authority to include marijuana shops. Sessions was surprised to learn that HHS says it “has no authority to prescribe policies and practices … to prohibit the use of TANF benefit cards at marijuana stores.”

The People’s Republic of Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area does DHS one better.

In Berkeley, “poor people” don’t even have to use their EBT cards for marijuana — they get it free! Wee!

In July of this year, Berkeley’s City Council unanimously passed a new law whereby the city’s medical marijuana dispensaries must provide 2% of their cannabis free of charge to very low-income residents. The latter are defined as individuals who make under $32,000 or families that earn less than $46,000.

America: What a great country!

Liberty in tears

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~Eowyn

7 responses to “Welfare parasites can buy marijuana with food stamps

  1. Truly, that is enough to make one hurl their cookies! It’s one thing for people to have food to eat, but quite another to provide them with the means to “zone out.” I don’t think so! Let’s get that legislation passed, and quick. Who would have envisioned such goings on a decade or two ago.

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  2. It’s free, swipe your EBT! (Warning: explicit language in this raaaaaacist video):

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  3. And–here is another interesting fact–they get all the money per child–calculated by number of meals needed per child–yet, the school system feeds them free breakfast and lunch, which is not calculated against the total on the EBT. So there is plenty of excess for marijuana or whateva the pleasure.

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  4. It’s ‘panem et circenses’ and déjà vu, all over again!

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  5. Well, I can finally die in peace knowing I worked and paid taxes over 40 years so people could get high on our dime. What a life.
    My dang sarcasm emoticon is broken, sorry.

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  6. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this amazing post. I love your reference to Berkeley as the “People’s Republic of Berkeley.” Also, your picture of the king is perfect.

    I am distressed at the fact that marijuana has been made legal in certain states for alleged medical purposes, for easingpain. We have plenty of alternative medicines for pain that do not fry the brain. And how about prayer? Our Lord Jesus Christ gives those who come to him with loving and contrite hearts, great strength to handle pain as redemptive suffering. Leave it to the Left to make free a substance so dangerous-absolutely sickening.

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