The federal government is now admitting that welfare recipients can buy marijuana with their benefit money in states where marijuana shops are legal.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell wrote:
“HHS has no authority to prescribe policies and practices for the states to implement in order to prohibit the use of TANF benefit cards at marijuana stores.”
States are responsible for determining how their welfare funds are distributed, and in turn, must establish laws determining where welfare funds cannot be distributed. The Washington Examiner points out that the federal government can withhold federal assistance if state laws allow welfare to be used in establishments like bars, casinos, and places “in which performers disrobe or perform in an unclothed state for entertainment.”
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