Fox News still insisting satirical ‘food stamps for pot’ article is for real
Sometimes in life, you have to admit when you’ve made a mistake. We all make them. Even I–despite the fact that I am practically perfect in every way–have, on occasion, made a mistake. Like the time I thought Omaha was a state for a minute, or the time I tried to cut my own bangs with kitchen scissors at 3am. Mistakes!
Colorado Senator Vicki Marble made a mistake. She read a satirical news story on the fake news site “National Report” titled “Colorado Pot Shop Accepting Food Stamps – Taxpayer Funded Marijuana for Welfare Recipients” and thought it was for real. Instead of, I don’t know, Googling or checking out Snopes to see if it was real, she immediately responded by attempting to enact legislation barring SNAP recipients from using their EBT cards to buy marijuana, or taking food stamp money out of an ATM at a marijuana dispensary.
Which they already couldn’t.
You see, you can’t use an EBT card at an ATM to get any money from your SNAP benefits. Anywhere. The USDA prohibits it. It’s not even possible. You also cannot purchase anything other than food. Here is a list of the things you can and cannot buy with Food Stamps in Colorado, for your edification:
Eligible Food Items You Can Buy With Colorado Food Stamps
- Meats, Fish and Poultry
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Breads and Cereals
- Dairy Products
- Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat
Food Items You Cannot Buy With Colorado Food Stamps
- Beer, Wine, Liquor
- Cigarettes or Tobacco
- Any Nonfood Items Such As Pet Foods
- Soaps, Paper Products
- Household Supplies
- Vitamins and Medicines
- Food That Will Be Eaten In Store
- Hot Foods
See? There you go. Clearly, marijuana is not on that list and there is no possible way that it ever could be. Which is why the Colorado State Legislature did not enact Ms. Marble’s bill.
However, Fox News has still not caught on to the fact that the story was a fake either, and has been up in arms for at least a week over the fact that they believe people in Colorado are being permitted to buy marijuana with their food stamps and the state just doesn’t want to do anything to prevent that!
How many people work at Fox News? There must be a lot. This isn’t even the first time they’ve been fooled by the “National Report” so you think someone there would have caught on to the fact that it’s a fake news site. Just like, one person good at reading the internet and Googling. Alas, no.