HHS: Law lets those on welfare use benefit cards at marijuana dispensaries

HHS: Law lets those on welfare use benefit cards at marijuana dispensaries

[Ed. – So, as anticipated, I’m compelled to pay directly for deadbeats to get high.  Sorry, kids: you can’t call yourself libertarian if that’s the effect your policies have.]

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) issued a statement Tuesday after receiving a response to his letter on welfare oversight from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Sessions wrote the letter to probe HHS on whether recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) can use their money at marijuana dispensaries. Recipients are already unable to use TANF benefits on alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, tattoos, and adult movies. The TANF program is intended to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency.

Sessions said because there are no regulations in place regarding the use of TANF money at marijuana dispensaries, the program may be used to “create or increase a drug dependency” in states like Colorado, where marijuana is legal.

Congress has already passed a law which states that Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash benefits may not be withdrawn from certain places like liquor stores. But I was surprised to learn that HHS says it ‘has no authority to prescribe policies and practices… to prohibit the use of TANF benefit cards at marijuana stores.’ …

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