Colorado Pot Shop to Accept Food Stamps – Taxpayer Funded Marijuana for Welfare Recipients

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Conservative Frontline- As of January 1st, 2014, Colorado became the first state in the nation to allow adults aged 21 or older to purchase and use marijuana for recreational use. The decision has led to excessively large lines at pot shops across the state and store owners reportedly surpassed $1 million in sales statewide on just the first day according to Denver’s 9News.In all, 136 licenses have been approved by the state of Colorado for retail operations for the purposes of selling marijuana. A majority of those licenses were issued to businesses in Denver with just eighteen city stores completing the process in time for opening day. One of those shops, Rite Greens, located on E. Colfax Ave in Denver, has taken the steps needed to accept food stamps (now called EBT cards) for the purposes of purchasing marijuana effectively leading to taxpayer funded marijuana for welfare recipients.

“If you are a tax payer 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 Horner. “Where will this all end? First it was Obamaphones, then Obamacare, now Obamaweed? Will we be paying for tattoos, manicures, body piercings, gay marriages and porn next?”

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Store owner JC Franco defended his decision to accept EBT cards in an interview with National Report: “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 right only for the wealthy.”

Electronic Benefit Transfer cards — part of the Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — are typically of two general categories: food and cash benefits. Franco was able to take advantage of a loophole in the SNAP program as his shop sells a wide array of “edible” marijuana ranging from cookies and brownies to barbeque sauce and homemade butter.

“USDA has a zero tolerance policy on fraud, and we continue to strengthen our anti-fraud tactics to identify and exclude bad actors. More than any other factor, we know that the change in the trafficking rate is being driven by the growth in the number of smaller retailers where trafficking occurs at ten times the rate of larger grocery stores and supermarkets,” Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon said in a news release last month. “And while the vast majority of retailers and participants are honest, exploring enhanced retailer requirements reaffirms our commitment to ensuring that everyone plays by the rules.”

The marijuana measure has been popular among younger generations but represents the institution of a major new public policy in America that threatens to turn the nation into a dangerous land of debauchery. If Colorado is able to succeed without causing a national backlash, the tourism, tax and other considerations are likely to compel other states to follow suit. If they do not succeed, whether through marijuana injuries/deaths or an increase in crimes, it could set back the pro-marijuana movement that has gained momentum in recent years.

The state expecting some $200 million dollars in economic boost.

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Terry Small says:

Dennis Mendoza lol, you are really working hard for your pay with all these Faux News lies, and name calling to boot. I, my misguided friend saw this story on my Face Book news feed and wanted to read about it and then gave my opinion about your accusations of free stuff from our President that was just a continued program from Regan. have a nice day, I have wasted too much time with you already.

Dennis Mendoza says:

Terry Small "a troll' That's what you liberal loons label those who slap you silly with truths and facts about your Community Organizer, But you're probably clueless that you are also 'trolling' for your BOGUS POTUS Idol–think about it, presidential dildo! (never mind, you're not capable)

Dennis Mendoza says:

Terry Small "Lies"? & "Twisted Truths"? You obviously are not on top of things aren't you? Your Kenyan Thug Idol will just bypas the rule of law: http://tinyurl.com/m9jxf2h –If this is not acting like a dictator to you, then I have a beachfront property in the Mojave Desert that you might like to buy, Useful Idiot!

Dennis Mendoza says:

Terry Small How could you defend someone who is destroying your own country(!?)–(That is, if you're programmed to think analytically and not just sucking up your liberal masters' talking points' and marching orders)

Terry Small says:

Dennis Mendoza very nice, you managed to use most of the lies and twisted truths about the president out there, well done troll, you earned your pay for the day. *smh*

Dennis Mendoza says:

Your Bogus POTUS Idol just tripled the many freebies social programs, and debt under his watch that's all, and clueless pinheads like you are the enablers and defending this imperial clown–who just renewed his VOWs to rule like an emperor with a series of executive orders–bypassing the checks and balances of the legislative body–this Kenyan Thug should be IMPEACHED!

Alycia Cruz says:

I can't believe that this site hasn't updated this story yet. While I strongly believe that readers are ultimately responsible for verifying the validity of a "news" story, I can understand how hard it can be to verify everything you read. I am blown away by the fact that the writer &/or the owner of this site either has no clue that they got their info from a parody site or just doesn't want to admit to it. Either way they clearly are not a trusted source for news. In this day and age… it's a pretty sad situation.

They're not deleted, they're posted in individual threads on people's pages

Juli Kring says:

OMG!!!!!! Tell me the above author did *not* get their info from the "National Report"!!!!!
IT WAS A JOKE !!!!
Wow ! I man I know the GOP were morons, but, WOW !
Hoohoo !
Seriously, I have GOT to share this : )
I wonder how long before we see an "expose'" on the Daily Show.

Michelle Brearley Welsh says:

Eric Grossans, the bit they have on there about artificial sweeteners not being poison is bs. I have seen first hand people that have recovered very quickly from a variety of ailments after they stopped ingesting them. My own mother being one of them and a few of my c-workers. That's proof enough for me!

Eric Grosshans says:

You called it right. It IS BS!!

Eric Grosshans says:

EXCELLENT use of all CaPs. KEep up THE goOD WorK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eric Grosshans says:

Elsie Burnett Umm – It's "ridiculous" not "rediculous". Very interesting that you are associated with a jr. college. Sounds more like a sophomore college to me.

Eric Grosshans says:

Michelle Brearley Welsh "I have found a few things on there that I know for a fact were lies." Examples, please. Oh, right. You don't have any.

Bruce Freisinger says:

Excellent point, sir. How thoughtless of me. ;)

Maximilian Jewett says:

This was based off of a left wing satire article from the "National Report". I guess Ron White was right – You can't fix stupid.

Steve Patrick says:

That is being VERY unfair to the retarded….

Steve Patrick says:

The number of people that fall for confirmation bias on this site is staggering…

Steve Patrick says:

The number of people that fall for confirmation bias on this site is staggering…

Bruce Freisinger says:

You people are quite literally retarded. If you can't detect parody at this point in your lives, you should just stay offline forever.

Karen McKim says:

Isabelle, when something strikes you as "unbelievable," I recommend you follow your first reaction and DO NOT BELIEVE IT!

Pete Kolbenschlag mine keep getting deleted as well

Andrew Kostka answering you for the 3rd time…. My posts keep getting deleted UGH!!!

Pete Kolbenschlag Mine disappear as well… SHRUG

Andrew Kostka it is nice of you to respond, but since my post has disappeared I cannot begin to think of everything I might have said :(

Pete Kolbenschlag says:

Andrew Kostka Mine get deleted too. Nothing like hanging out in the Echo Chamber in Tinfoil Hats.

Pete Kolbenschlag says:

Andrew Kostka Mine get deleted too. Nothing like hanging out in the Echo Chamber in Tinfoil Hats.

David Romer says:

Celesta, you do realize this was a fake article, right? Right?

David Romer says:

Celesta, you do realize this was a fake article, right? Right?

Casey Cobb says:

I'm as democrat as you can get, but this just flat-out outrages me. Cigarettes are more addictive than marijuana, and alcohol is a "recreational drug." That said, neither of those are something that can be bought with food stamps. Pot isn't a "consumable" (that is, grocery/food) item. My understanding was that, as a rule of thumb, age-restricted products (some energy drinks included) aren't covered by EBT. Why the hell start with pot? I've never had any respect for Colorado or anything they do, and they are constantly reminding me of why.

Wynema Shalimar Marshall Gonzagowski If you bothered to read any of my previous posts its clear that I already knew that.

No, your tax money is not being used to pay for someones pot… if you would check facts instead of simply believing you would know that

fact check please, this is all a FABRICATION

Pete Kolbenschlag since the 'sourse' for the article is information based on a report in the "National Report" a satirical news site… Of course it is fabricated and some ignorant person took it as fact without doing their own research…

Andrew Kostka Just so you know, the "National Reporter" is a satirical news site much like the "Onion" and their stories are all based on fabrications…

Getting to the point we are at as a species is because of survival of the fittest. Eventually our species will become extinct as a new species will evolve through favorable mutations. At that point this species will be bred out of existence as it will be inferior. Us thinking we can somehow drag everyone along til the end of time continually throwing shitty genes in to the pool is naive. If we continue on our current pace there will come a time where the earth has such limited resources we will be forced to allow only the strongest to survive.

I understand being compassionate for those less fortunate, but at the same time I also understand that if you jump in the water with someone drowning there's a good chance they'll pull you under too.

Chris Walters As a kind and fair society, we don't work that way.

And of course now my post stays…

Survival of the fittest?

Chris Walters Your point doesn't make sense unless its a strawman argument. No one is advocating that everyone have access to non-necessities. The issues are things like food, shelter, and healthcare; basic needs that pretty much everyone agrees that all people should have access to.

And the algorithm you talk about is self contradictory, as "paying people what they are worth" and "equality" are incompatible. That's why communism failed.

Some people are innately "worth" very little through no fault of their own (the disabled, mentally impaired, etc), and a fair society should do what they can to make sure these people have access to necessities. To say the liberal position is anything else is a strawman argument.

Ben Wylde says:

I find it absolutely hilarious that the right wing has had a cow over this fictiitious story, yet nobody bats an eyebrow at thefact that COFFEE (the major source of the drug caffeine, which is far more dangerous then marijauna) is sold on food stamps every day, nationwide.

It doesn't matter if it's satire, the point of my message could be applied to so many places in society today. Just because someone else has it doesn't mean you deserve it for free. I think people should be rewarded according to the effort they put in. This applies to the top and bottom end of the spectrum. Imagine if earnings in society today could be distributed based in an algorithm that took in to account things such as effort, knowledge required, time spent, and everything else that goes in to performing a job. Then people would get rewarded for the work they actually did both in the moment and in the past acquiring the knowledge necessary to do their current job. The wealth equality would be unprecedented and nobody could bitch about people being overpaid or underpaid because everyone would be earning what they're worth.

Notice that the site this is on already knows this article is 100% made up – but they still have it out here to trick people.

Hmmmm maybe you can't trust anything else they say?

This is 100% total lie, a hoax. Fake.

If the radical right can't make news, they make up the news. And the right wing lemmings fall for it…

Dennis Mendoza
Such source
Very unskew
Many thinks
Wow

Matt Langdon says:

Joseph Slabaugh Yep. I know it was satire. Just tired of reading far right wing critics who think they have all the answers. Especially when they can't even tell satire from the real thing. [Also it seems my last post was deleted. I guess only conservative views are allowed over here].

Matt Langdon both of you are low info. if you going to attack each other to prop up a political view point. That said it was based on satire.

Matt Langdon says:

Dennis Mendoza, So anyone who is not a right wing conservative and walks in your shoes is a gullible low information moron? How does it feel to be an arrogant loner with a god complex and a narrow view of how America works?

Dennis Mendoza says:

Pete Kolbenschlag NO, haha to you! for being so gullible and easily fooled–so I would say you're ONE of the LOW Information/Moron voters, haha indeed!

Pete Kolbenschlag says:

Joey Sprague This is precisely the type of article that most thinking people would read and immediately ID as suspect. Of course FoxNews addled wingnuts gobble it up.

Pete Kolbenschlag says:

Dennis Mendoza ha ha

Dennis Mendoza says:

Pete Kolbenschlag & Andrew Kostika, Well you liberal loon mutants are willfully blind into believing the biggest BS in American presidential History–you 'voted' for a bogus POTUS, who had so many REDFLAGS oozing from his humongous ears, a Chicago Thug who got farted from the stench of dirty Chicago politics! an Inexperienced nincompoop with a dubious past, questionable affiliations/associations, (one is a homegrown terrorist), and then shamelessly SEALED his academic (grades, transcripts, writings, briefs, dissertations, etc.), his health/travel records!
So don't lecture us on gullible stuff!

Werdna Zeke Foreman Bloxsom says:

not… THEY CAN FIND MONEY TO DRINK AND SMOKE BEFORE.. I love my smoke but if I can't pay for it I do without.. the foodstamps is to feed your family not your BUZZ

Its satire. No question.

Michael P Tuell says:

I wonder how many poor people's pot we could afford for the amount of money we give Israel to commit genocide

Wait so my tax money is paying for someone else pot but i cant smoke it.What bs

Anne Yedlin says:

So even though I personally do not smoke Pot, it's ok for ME and EVERYONE else out there who doesn't smoke it, to buy it for someone else? THIS IS NOT OK

Joey Sprague says:

Brett W Waters Yeah I'll admit, I sometimes get lazy and just use it when I don't want to bother doing much research. I definitely don't use it as a fact-checker, but in cases like this where the legitimacy of a news story or one of those viral Facebook posts gets called into question, it's usually pretty reliable.

Joey Sprague says:

Pete Kolbenschlag Well she did spell ridiculous "rediculous"…

Pete Kolbenschlag Because they have lost all touch with reality…

Dominic Cappelletti No, but it has everything to do with the fact that this story was a fake on a satirical website and that didn't stop everyone here from losing their minds about it. There's a reason this story sounds ridiculous and unbelievable, and that's because it is. Yet people like you ate it up instead of take 30 to check it out because you're so wrapped up in your "unskewed" bubble you can't even tell what's real anymore

The "damn nazi UnAmerican" is just icing on the irony cake. Or "go back to college", a place where you actually have to check your facts. Keep making the GoP look silly.

Dominic Cappelletti says:

The GoP? WTH are you talking about? The "Grand Old Party" has nothing to do with this store finding a loophole and exploiting the shit out of it. Its called making a buck before you get caught or the change the law to stop, what harm is that. The dumb asses all in the House and Congress should have thought about this WELL in advance. And if not, then the State Law should have. Don't ever say a stoner is stupid now huh? Go back to college b/c you obviously didn't learn anything there. Damn Nazi UnAmerican. BTW. Chris Walters, you couldn't be more right sir, I salute you!!!

Dominic Cappelletti says:

The GoP? WTH are you talking about? The "Grand Old Party" has nothing to do with this store finding a loophole and exploiting the shit out of it. Its called making a buck before you get caught or the change the law to stop, what harm is that. The dumb asses all in the House and Congress should have thought about this WELL in advance. And if not, then the State Law should have. Don't ever say a stoner is stupid now huh? Go back to college b/c you obviously didn't learn anything there. Damn Nazi UnAmerican. BTW. Chris Walters, you couldn't be more right sir, I salute you!!!

Just another example of the gullibility and extremism of the 21st century GoP.

Martin Lanstra Google food stamp fraud baltimore and you will see how it's done all over the country.

Pete Kolbenschlag says:

Elsie Burnett goodness gracious. Could people be more gullible??? It is totally made-up satire people!

Pete Kolbenschlag says:

Katie Brocious nor is it true. Its satire. Look up that word. Why are right-wingnuts so willing to believe obvious BS?

Martin Lanstra says:

Hal Buggy,,,, Please tell where can you buy alcohol with EBT As far as I know you cannot. So what is your comment even about? Get off the pot. The subject is whether or not taxpayers should pay for pot. They don't pay for alcohol. Why should they pay for pot?

Terry Small says:

''First it was Obamaphones, then Obamacare, now Obamaweed? ''
The phones was started with Regan and switched to cell phones under Bush. Obamacare is still paid for by the indivigual (not a single payer plan paid for by taxes). Why do you try to tie everything to this president when he had nothing to do with this?

Michael Mayo says:

This is the most ridiculous thing I've seen. This is complete anti pot propaganda. If anyone actually believes you can buy marijuana with food stamps, I've got a magical fairy wand that I will sell you that is guaranteed to bring you good luck.

Gary Gazzillo says:

Who cares, really. And it certainly isn't the "rich against the poor" bull shit the Government is trying to push!

Dennis Mendoza says:

Michelle, here's a prediction: The leftist loons, and their willing accomplices in the liberal media, will fight for this as another entitlement/Right, AND with this bogus POTUS regime's tyrannical bent, in cahoots with all his *SHAMS minions', adding yet another welfare/food stamps allowable item will be a cakewalk. (*Secularists, Humanists, Abortionists/Atheists, Marxists, Socialists) –you watch.

I love it when a satirical article helps to reveal the desperate biases of the fringe of a political party. That is the best satire.

David Mast says:

I sure would rather use a natural drug like Marijuana than a man made Pharmacy one that have side effects of Death, Stroke, Blindness etc… The Pharmicudical Companies own this country

Brett W Waters says:

Joey Sprague I didn't mean that I believe this article is fact, it sounds like satire to me, but I was just giving you a general heads up about Snopes. I have seen MANY people who use Snopes as their internet Bible for facts and lies. This sets a dangerous precedent as I believe there will be no 100% way to verify anything on the internet with true definition.

Joey Sprague says:

Believe it or not, you can't trust everything you read on the internet. Rest easy Sheila, this article is a satire news story. 100% spoof.

Joey Sprague says:

Brett W Waters OK fine, don't trust Snopes. But if you fact check their claims, they got this one right. This article originated at the National Report, a satirical "news" site similar to The Onion. http://nationalreport.net/colorado-pot-shop-accept-food-stamps-taxpayer-funded-marijuana/
If you believe this article is true, I have a Nigerian prince I'd like you to meet.

Elsie Burnett says:

This is rediculous. The worst decision ever was to legalize this crap.

Mike Fishkin says:

Joey Sprague you rock for taking all this time to properly inform people thank you for your effort m8!! and you are completely and so right!!

Brett W Waters says:

Joey Sprague don't use Snopes. They have been proven to be completely inaccurate and are often left leaning in their summations. It isn't some big operation with several employees who scour for fact vs fiction. It is a husband and wife who just use search engines to find out information which we know, everything on the Internet is real, isn't it?

Pete Kolbenschlag says:

Theresa Konopacki Hardy actually its posted here on a GOP politics (i.e. 'right wingers') site not as satire. Its being tweeted by Republicans as real news (@DOUGcoGOP for instance). So you are just uniformed.

Theresa Konopacki Hardy says:

This is a fake story published by the National Report a satirical website that posts fake stories. Doesn't have a DAMN thing to do with right wingers. You damn liberals are the most vile, hateful, hypocrites there are. Whenever you hear something you don't agree with, you get UGLY!!!!

Pete Kolbenschlag says:

Alice Chavez – it's because the 'article' is a figment of a right-wing nuts' over-active imagination.

Alice Chavez says:

Somehow, I don't believe this artice, and if it is true, then someone will get caught allowing illegal use of the EBT. If you watch in a grocery store, the registers are set to only allow the items allowed on EBT to go through with it. I knew of another store that allowed EBT card holders to illegally run the card, then the owners to half of the money in exchange for the service. It allowed these people to use the money for cigarettes, booze and drugs. They got caught and lost their license to do EBT transactions. As far as alcohol vs weed. Frankly, they are the same category when it comes to safety. Only a nut would drive under the influence of either, and, buyer beware, yes, people can also become mean under the influence of weed just as easily as under the influence of alcohol. Trust me, I have known a few people who got that way. First they were soooooo mellow until someone said something they thought was stupid. And the people in Boulder……they are crazy. You can't smoke cigarettes in public, but they condoned the great weed smokeout at the college for the last few years??????? Give me a break!

Sheila Firmin says:

just when you think it can't be any more insanity….

Jerald Rowlett says:

It's satire guys. The National Report isn't real news.

Joey Sprague says:

Spoof article!!!!

Joey Sprague says:

It is. Look it up on Snopes.

Joey Sprague says:

Don't believe everything you read on the internet. This began as a spoof article on The National Report, and it's started circulating. It's complete BS. Rest easy, 55 year old working man, you're not paying for potheads to get high.

Pete Kolbenschlag says:

This article is a joke. Talk about low-info voters, does anyone believe this dribble?

Jeane Marie Carlson says:

Nobody said they are "fine" w/ anything. Personally I don't have a problem w/ legalized pot & I don't have a problem w/ people in need receiving food stamps. But do you understand the story? WE are PAYING for people to get high??!!

Terry Knepp says:

This is a fake story published by the National Report a satirical website that posts fake stories! Don't believe me just do a search for it and find out for yourselves. Of course this website doesn't mind if it uses a fake story as long as it can keep its clueless subscribers whipped up and outraged knowing most them don't check anything to see if it is true or not. LOL

“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 right only for the wealthy.”

I don't think that quotation could be more wrong. I'm all for pot use and national legalization, I also don't think anyone has a right to it any more than they have a right to any other leisure activities. Might as well allow food stamps to be used for popcorn at movie theaters if this goes through. I'm so tired of this entitlement society where everyone thinks they deserve what everyone else has. You only deserve what you work for in life, period.

Theresa Konopacki Hardy says:

WTH are you talking about. I don't think ANYONE is fine with the shit that happens with alcohol. (except the friggin politicians) One doesn't have to be "fine" with alcohol to be against legalizing Marijuanna. This world ihas gone effin nuts!

Theresa Konopacki Hardy says:

WTH are you talking about. I don't think ANYONE is fine with the shit that happens with alcohol. (except the friggin politicians) One doesn't have to be "fine" with alcohol to be against legalizing Marijuanna. This world ihas gone effin nuts!

That's just not right

Michelle Brearley Welsh says:

Blane, I know. I have found a few things on there that I know for a fact were lies. However, pot sales have to remain cash only sales until it is FEDERALLY legalized.

SNope, Snopes you will be surprised what you find, and it's not good.

Hal Buggy says:

Such a far right wing article, could not be more tilted to one side. bunch of clueless people. The pot smokers are killing this country but the freaking alcoholics and the deaths they cause along with the family distruction and serious domestic violence issues is absolutely fine to you all. WTF

I really hope this is another satire joke about the pot smokers. Food stamps are meant for buying food for the really needy families, not for pot heads. Please say this is just a bad joke.

Unbelievable!!!! Despicable!!! Ridiculous!!!

What a surprise. Get rid of welfare for a thousand different reasons, starting with this example.

Doug Rohl says:

Im sure every 55 yr old working man just cant wait to pay his taxes ,so that some slimeball can zone out on a mind altering drug.