In order to qualify for SNAP benefits, applicants must be pretty poor. For a family of three, the net monthly income must be $1,545 or less. But the calculations for how much gets loaded on to recipients' EBT cards is a little trickier. People in the program are allowed to deduct child support, education costs and shelter costs, and disabled and elderly recipients are allowed to deduct health-care costs.
Roberts, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, wants those five states to stop allowing the pot deductions. He has introduced a bill that would outlaw the practice in all states.
In a statement release last week, Roberts said, “Federal nutrition assistance, provided by American taxpayers, should not be boosted due to one’s use of medical marijuana." He added: “My bill makes it clear, in no uncertain terms, that the use of medical marijuana cannot be used to increase food benefits."
An endless string of munchies jokes is probably in this bill's future.
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