Colorado Governor Signs Bill Banning Use of EBT Cards at Cannabis Outlets

A Colorado EBT card.
A Colorado EBT card.

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.


3 thoughts on “Colorado Governor Signs Bill Banning Use of EBT Cards at Cannabis Outlets”

  1. Gee, why not make a law banning gorillas from purchasing handguns? What? That’s NOT a problem because NO ONE is selling guns to gorillas, because they don’t buy them? Imagine that! Kinda like NO ONE is using their freaking EBT card to purchase pot in a shop…BECAUSE THEY CAN’T! See, the gov. frowns on stores that take EBT if THEY AIN’T A GROCERY STORE…so they DON’T GIVE such places an “option” to freaking even TAKE EBT cards! What a WASTE of taxpayer resources!

    • In truth, anything is preferable to drug testing welfare recipients. This law still stinks as it penalizes people for being poor.

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