Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Stop Accepting Food Stamps
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Medical Marijuana dispensaries may have suffered another blow this week, worse
than prior strikes. The USDA is cracking down on a practice, some might not have known about.
the federal group has just put a halt to the use of government food stamps for medical marijuana.
Wait, people on food stamps have been getting Medical Marijuana assistance?
Yes, users of the government issued funding have. States that allow MMJ have been cited for
illegally allowing food stamp recipients to get deductions for their dispensary pick-ups.
Hushed quietly, the US Department of Agriculture sent out a memo to state offices, ordering the
practice be stopped. The note is said to make it clear, the Federal government still documents
marijuana as an illegal substance. Although 18 states have made cannabis legal to some
extent, it is not legal to use federal government funds on MMJ purchases.
"FNS is now reaffirming its long standing policy that a household may not utilize the
S.N.A.P. medical deduction for the cost of any substance considered illegal under Federal law,"
wrote Lizbeth Silbermann, director of the USDA program development division. She continued
in her memo, calling out violators indirectly.
SNAP stands for Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps.
The USDA's note to states has put an end to a very 'questionable' practice that was allowed by
states and sure to cause more controversy in time. Medical Marijuana users are protesting
the banning of the drug nationally, in all major metropolitan cities.
Ralliers for the legalize Marijuana movement have even began targeting the presidential candidates
with their issues. The new 'Green Party' or "#TeamTHC" perhaps, has hundreds of thousands of
supporters, which may make the fight for MMJ tough for Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney to ignore, this
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