The legalization of marijuana in Colorado has brought outrage from HLN host Nancy Grace and the DEA, which relies heavily on pot arrests to justify their massive government budget.
Fox News' "Fox & Friends" recently joined this outraged chorus by falsely claiming that people in Colorado can buy marijuana with food stamps (video below).
According to the Associated Press, this right wing "urban myth" began when Colorado State Republicans wrote a bill that would add marijuana dispensaries to a list of places where electronic benefits cards (EBT) cannot be used to get cash.
Even though there haven’t been any reports of EBT cards being using to buy marijuana, Colorado State Rep. Jared Wright (R) said, "We need this bill, if for nothing else, as a statement. We shouldn’t be enabling anyone to buy a substance that is banned under federal law. It’s not a good use of taxpayer money."
However, Wright failed to mention that food stamp recipients cannot buy non-food items or withdraw food stamps as cash.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is in charge of food stamps, states on its website:
SNAP benefits can never be withdrawn as cash. Many States allow clients to use a single EBT card to access SNAP as well as cash benefit programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). In most States, cash benefits from other programs can be accessed through ATMs.
"Fox & Friends" hyped the fake hysteria this morning with graphics that read: "Food stamps for pot!" and "Ban food stamps at pot shops," notes MediaMatters.org.
"Can people collecting food stamps in Colorado add marijuana to their shopping lists?" asked Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade.
"Right now the answer is yes," Kilmeade falsely claimed.