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‘No welfare for weed’ bill clears U.S. House

‘No welfare for weed’ bill clears U.S. House

Originally published September 16, 2014 By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a bill Tuesday that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where it’s legal.

Supporters call it the “no welfare for weed” bill.

The bill would prevent people from using government-issued welfare debit cards to make purchases at stores that sell marijuana.

It would also prohibit people from using the cards to withdraw cash from ATMs in those stores.

U.S. law already prevents people from using welfare debit cards at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs.

Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, is the main sponsor of the bill. He said it is a logical extension of existing law now that Washington and Colorado have legalized recreational marijuana.

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