TED Conversations

Robert Winner


This conversation is closed.

Should welfare cards be used for cash at Marijuana shops and strip clubs in Colorado?

Making the news in Colorado welfare cards are being used for withdrawals in Marijuana shops and strip clubs.

The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 3-2 along party lines against a GOP proposal to add marijuana shops to the list of places where recipients of public assistance can’t use their government-issued EBT cards to access cash.

The list already includes casinos, liquor stores and gun shops.


Is recreational use of Pot the intended use of the cards? How about withdrawals at strip clubs where you have already paid a cover charge to get in.

They are already operating an industry which is not allowed under federal law but not enforced. Now using taxpayers money to buy pot and go to strip shows. Are federal funds a part of the state welfare system? Is a investigation in the future by either federal or state agencies? Should it be?

Are these abuses? Should cash withdrawals be alowed at all?

This is not about pot good or bad. The debate is about if this is a abuse of taxpayers money.


Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Mar 20 2014: you are going to hate my response..but oh well its from the heart. people who are jobless,economically marginalized or not job market viable exist,everywhere. If your parents are rich...you will have trips and a home regardless. If you are born poor and stay within that mindset long enough...you will be depresseitd. Depression among the unemployed is crushing,non stop and epidemic. Being on pot or drinking a beer at a strip club is the poor mans holiday..while paying the wages of numerous lesser educated females.Some ot these individuals will eventually make it out of this enviornment...many not. I see it in some ways of medicating a large group who are required to stay outside of the job market...there are not the opportunity for everyone to work...and unemployed males are better housed in strip clubs...then the alternative places we send our redundant workforce....which you know costs far more. Taxpayers who are the lucky ones to work are surrounded by those who cant(or wont) I would rather have a bunch of pleasant relaxed pot heads then stressed out depressed men with a sense of resentment against a society who marginalized them(women include as well)
    • thumb
      Mar 21 2014: Carolyn, I do not hate your answer. You are who you are and never attempt to conceal that and I appreciate that fact.

      When we write a question we do not define all parameters. Over 70% of the people on welfare in the USA are children. When I address conduct such as drugs, alcohol, strip clubs my thoughts are that the money was not intended for that purpose and that the parent is being selfish and inconsiderate to his family and his responsibilities.

      I would never suggest or condon alcohol or drugs as a means of resolving depression ... if anything it compounds the problem.

      To remain consistant I use the National Debit Clock ... if you go to the right side you will see official unemployed ... real unemployed ... living ion poverty ... on food stamps ... etc Right in the center top where it says US DEBIT CLOCK.ORG ..you can put you arrow over any box and the explaination and source for that info will show up in that box. By the way you can go to the box that says world debit clock and see Canada as well as others.

      So the 46 million on food stamps would tell us that 70% are children .. or 32,200,000 kids and that Carylon is where my attention is directed.

      Adults make choices and have knowledge of the consequences ... kids do not have options.

      I always enjoy your conversatins and responses. Thanx .... Bob.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.