ObamaWeed: Colorado Allows Welfare EBT Cards To Buy Marijuana. As we all know, earlier this year, Colorado became the first state in the nation to legalize the sale of marijuana to adults over the age of 21 for recreational use. Excessively large lines of eager purchasers, brought in over $1 million in sales statewide on the first day alone. Hundreds of licenses have been issued and approved by the state of Colorado for retail operations for the purpose of selling marijuana. A majority of those licenses were issued in the city of Denver. One of those shops, Rite Greens, an obvious spinoff of Rite Aid Pharmacy, has taken measures to ensure welfare recipients with EBT cards, commonly known as food stamp cards, are able to conveniently purchase their marijuana products.
“If you are a taxpayer in Colorado, you get to pay for welfare recipients, a majority of whom are Democrats of course, to smoke pot now,” stated Denver resident Paul Warner. “Where will this end? First it was Obama phones, then Obama care, now Obama weed? Will we be paying for tattoos, manicures, body piercings, gay marriages and porn next?”
Store owner JC Franco defended his decision to accept EBT cards, “Everyone should have access to marijuana. If a user is not able to afford their buds on a limited budget, then having taxpayers help cover the shortage is only fair. This isn’t a rights only for the wealthy.” Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, EBT, is part of the Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP.
There are typically two general categories: food and cash benefits. Due to a loophole in the SNAP program, what Franco is doing is completely legal. It allows him to sell a wide variety of “edible” marijuana ranging from cookies and brownies to barbecue sauce and homemade butter. Franco is also allowed to display ATM machines that allowed EBT cash withdrawals. He said welfare recipient’s deserve the same type of convenience as any other shopper to easily and quickly withdrawing EBT cash out of their ATMs to purchase marijuana in his store.