Amid the growing debate about the legalization of marijuana, Colorado GOP lawmakers are trying to make it a little tougher for people receiving welfare or other federal government benefits to spend that money on marijuana.
Colorado pot shops currently have ATMs where welfare recipients can withdraw cash using their EBT cards. A State Senate committee rejected Republicans’ proposal to close this loophole.
Of course the Colorado Democrat-controlled senate would reject it. If you’re giving people handouts to vote for you, you need them to dope themselves up, too.
Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, said Colorado’s new legal pot industry needs to make sure not to invite federal scrutiny through improper cash withdrawals at recreational or medical marijuana stores.
“Already we are operating an industry which is not allowed under federal law,” said Marble, one of the chief lawmakers involved with Colorado’s marijuana regulation bills.
If federal authorities notice public benefit card use at marijuana shops, “I have a feeling we’re going to see trouble we’re not ready to deal with,” she said.
It’s only one of the chief lawmakers who worked with Colorado’s pot bills saying “we should probably not invite the fedgov in to crush us”.
The choom gang will eventually be out of office and other federal administrations may be less pot-friendly overall.
But even before the specter of a new administration, Obama’s “revenue”-happy fedgov will demand its share of taxes off these unlicensed pharmacists and it’ll get interesting. The FDA will get involved, the IRS will get involved, and all these happy hippy doper businesses will suddenly find out that government regulation and taxation is a real pain in the ass.
There are still pro-pot people who say “legalize and tax it and it’ll solve the ______(fill in financial problem of choice)____”. It’s as though they don’t understand what they’re inviting in.
Right now it’s a largely unregulated business. Wait until they find out about all the laws they have to comply with for their pot shops. Inviting in the fedgov in any way while pushing for deregulation especially in violation of federal law – is going to be a problem for them.
OSHA will have to be regulating secondhand exposure to pot smoke, the EPA will have to assess their carbon and particulate output, the NLRB will be out there representing the Marijuana Cultivators and Harvesters Local 420 against the Big Pot companies that are out to crush the working man and deny the grower a living wage.
As Colorado’s government leaders have decided that their people are unfit to defend themselves and thus should be disarmed, but should be doped up and given feelgood drugs – even going so far as to enable welfare benefits to provide direct handouts for drugs – it’ll make for some schadenfreude entertainment as they begin to run afoul of fedgov – whether it be through law enforcement, taxation, or regulation.
They might have even had some support from people who dislike pot, but who’d agree with them on an individual rights basis… except they traded a valuable right of self-defense in for a dubious right of self-intoxication.
They traded in the tools of liberty for soma.