Daniel Doherty

Well, there is some sanity in this world, it would seem. A bill making its way through the Colorado legislature, if passed, would prelude food stamp recipients from withdrawing EBT cash inside pot dispensaries. A no-brainer if ever there was one:

Food stamps for a pot brownie? Colorado lawmakers want to make sure that doesn't happen.

A bill proposed by several Republicans would add marijuana dispensaries to liquor stores, gun shops and casinos as places where recipients of public assistance payments and food stamps can't use their electronic benefits cards to access cash.

There haven't been any reports of public EBT cards being used at marijuana dispensaries. But lawmakers say pot shops should be added to the law to make clear it's not legal.

Colorado's marijuana industry supports the bill and has been debunking rumors about food stamp use in marijuana shops.

A hearing for Senate Bill 37 hasn't been set.

Presumably, EBT card recipients could still take out cash elsewhere -- and then go and buy pot. (I hope I'm not giving anyone any ideas). But at least this kind of a law would prohibit them from flagrantly ripping off taxpayers, by making it illegal to withdraw government cash inside marijuana dispensaries.

That’s got to count for something, no?


Daniel Doherty

Daniel Doherty is Townhall's Deputy News Editor. Follow him on Twitter @danpdoherty.

Author Photo credit: Jensen Sutta Photography