Colorado Governor Signs Bill Banning Use of EBT Cards at Cannabis Outlets
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed legislation (HB 15-1298) into law that prohibits the use of electronic benefit cards (EBTs) at legal cannabis outlets.
Cannabis outlets now join liquor stores, casinos and gun shops as locations where EBT cards can’t be used. Opponents of the measure argued that it could it could place a burden on families in some neighborhoods, as ATMs at cannabis outlets may be closer than any other ATM, or any bank. However, proponents of the bill garnered widespread support this session after numerous reports of EBT cards being used at medical cannabis dispensaries.
The new law makes it so that EBTs can’t be used to make purchases at cannabis outlets, nor can it be used to make cash withdrawals at ATMs located within a cannabis outlet.