As a consequence of the legalization of recreational marijuana use in many states, freeloaders are now purchasing pot with their EBT cards. However, these welfare junkies are in for a rude awakening in one state, which is effectively putting its foot down on the matter.
Massachusetts voters legalized marijuana for recreational use in November 2016, but with the law being so new, state representatives have not fully figured out how to regulate it. According to Opposing Views, one issue that has not been resolved is banning the use of EBT cards, which are intended to be used by needy people to buy essentials like food, for the purchase of cannabis, similar to how alcohol and tobacco have been forbidden to buy with EBT funds.
Republican State Rep. Shaunna O’Connell wants to fix that problem, so she has brought forth a bill that would place marijuana next to alcohol and tobacco on the list of things you cannot purchase with an EBT card. “I want to be proactive in protecting funds for people who really need them and protecting taxpayers’ dollars,” said O’Connell. “We always want to be proactive to close these loopholes and stop fraud and abuse because these are important programs that help people.”
“We recognize that people are prescribed medical marijuana. They can use their money for other prescriptions, (so) that one should be no different,” she added. “But when it comes to recreational, that’s a different story. It’s akin to someone buying alcohol or cigarettes or some other item that isn’t considered a necessity. We know that there is only so much assistance to go around, we want to help people in need, we want to make sure that that money is being used appropriately.”
Indeed, there is nothing more infuriating than standing in line at the store behind someone holding an iPhone and wearing designer jeans, only to watch them use their EBT card to pay for luxuries moments later. Recreational marijuana should certainly be considered a non-essential item.
“I have not heard from anyone yet that opposes this, and I am glad; I think that’s a good sign. I’m not sure what kind of opposition there could possibly be,” explained O’Connell. “Because in the law right now we already have prohibited items that are similar to this, so it really just makes sense, now that it’s legal. This is a great opportunity to let everyone know that hey, we recognize this could be a problem, we’re being proactive, and we’re going to do something about it now.”
Although O’Connell’s bill has not received any opposition just yet, the left will undoubtedly use their normal argument when it comes to regulating the use of EBT cards and allege that doing so is “discrimination.” However, even with radicals on the left lobbying for “free marijuana for all,” O’Connell’s much-needed bill is sure to pass.