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Marijuana bought with food stamps? New bill aims to prevent claims in joke news story

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In recent weeks, we've posted about several satirical Colorado marijuana sales stories that some are taking seriously, including one that claimed pot overdoses killed 37 people and another about Representative Michele Bachmann supposedly driving stoned that prompted an official denial from Fort Collins.

A piece about folks buying weed with food stamps is a joke, too. But there is now actual legislation intended to ban this nonexistent practice.

Last week, the National Report, an Onion-wannabe, published a salvo headlined, "Colorado Pot Shop Accepting Food Stamps -- Taxpayer Funded Marijuana for Welfare Recipients." Here's a screen capture from the offering:

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The article states that a shop called Rite Greens "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" -- and it even links to a bogus website for the dispensary featuring graphics about the EBT offer and a made-up weed-for-guns program we mentioned in a post last week.

It would take the average person about a microsecond to figure out that none of this is real: For one thing, Rite Greens' phone number has a 206 area code. But as Colorado Pols has done an amusing job documenting, the Douglas County Republican Party tweeted about this supposedly shocking tale anyhow -- and hasn't deleted the message yet even after it was ridiculed by CP. Here's the note:

By the way, the link in the tweet connects to a conservative website that appears to have been suckered, too -- not the National Report.

Then, a couple of days later, the DougCO Republicans tweeted on the topic again -- this time noting that a bill had been filed at the Colorado legislature to "ban food stamps at pot shops."

Really.

Continue for more about the new food stamp-related legislation, including the complete bill.


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12 comments
FreeTheWeed
FreeTheWeed

Why couldn't someone use food stamps to purchase edible marijuana products?

No joke there.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Tell us more about the Joke Story of a handful of rec. dispensaries making $5 million in 5 days.


Tell us more about the Joke Story that A64 would prevent 14,000 marijuana arrests every year.


Tell us more about the Joke Story of A64 earning $40 million in excise tax revenue per year.


Tell us more about the Joke Story of Colorado's "make my day" law covering business owners.


Wasteweed needs more Joke Stories!! ... bring 'em on Michael "The Joker" Roberts !!





Loren Bagola
Loren Bagola

Any reason to push false bills so they can profit from it

fognl7
fognl7

The National Report.... Don't bother.

Nothing clever, funny, offensive, nor provocative.

Holly Elkins
Holly Elkins

Yeah there was another story about 37 people died on the first day recreational pot was legal which was also a joke.

Sean Dolan
Sean Dolan

Makes North Korean Party members seem savvy....

Jason Joyce
Jason Joyce

And that's why you don't spam re-posts. *the more you know*

Izabela Bartoszuk
Izabela Bartoszuk

Yes, I reposted it after several other people had been posting it. The article I posted was not from the National Report and gave no indication in it, even at the end of it, that it was a joke. It's a big relief to know it's not true.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@FreeTheWeed ... Stoner Michael buried the lede ... actually missed it altogether.


Without legislation against it, what would stop anyone from using food stamps to purchase marijuana-laced FOOD products -- i.e. edibles ??



Looks like the JOKE is on Wasteweed once again !!



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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Erica Rosenthal ... same morons who fell for the Joke Amendment 64.



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