Colorado’s loosening of drug laws to make recreational marijuana a legal pleasure has some politicians concerned that the wrong people will have access to the drug.
Specifically, they’re concerned about low-income people, who rely on the state’s EBT program, commonly known as food stamps, using their state-provided food benefits to purchase a toke.
There is no hearing date set for Senate Bill 37, which would prohibit the use of EBT cards to purchase pot.
So, is the bill necessary?
Well, here’s what Colorado’s Department of Human Services website says about food stamps:
Households CAN buy foods such as: breads, cereals, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.
Households CANNOT buy any nonfood items such as: beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, tobacco, pet foods, soaps, paper products, household supplies, toothpaste, cosmetics, vitamins, medicines, foods that can be eaten in the store and hot foods.
So, unless marijuana has been re-categorized as food, or perhaps a plant that produces food, it’s already not an option for food stamp recipients.
Why is the bill necessary, then?
According to Republican Representative Jared Wright, of Grand Junction:
We need this bill, if for nothing else, as a statement. We shouldn’t be enabling anyone to buy a substance that is banned under federal law. It’s not a good use of taxpayer money.
A good use of taxpayer money, apparently, is to pay legislators to write laws against things that already don’t happen.