It used to be that we could have sensible discussions about what people could and could not do with their welfare money. It seemed like a fair discussion to have. After all, if hard-working Americans are paying for others to sit back and live a life of leisure, it was only right that there should be some restrictions in place. Thus came laws preventing people from using food stamps to buy hot food, using their welfare money to further their cigarette habit, and other sensible limits. Those products weren’t out of reach or anything. They weren’t made illegal. It’s just that, hey, if you want that stuff, maybe you should get a job.
You would think that marijuana would be an automatic addition to the restrictions, even in those states where weed was voted into the marketplace. No one needs weed. Weed is not a necessity to life. It’s a vice at worst and a luxury at best. You live in a place where marijuana is legal and you want to buy it? Fantastic. Get a job, earn some money, and spend it however you like. There’s not a politician on the planet who is going to insist that taxpayers cover your weed habit. Sorry. Not gonna happen.
Oh wait, for a minute I mistakenly thought we lived in an America that hadn’t been wholly hijacked by the insane left. My mistake. Of course there are politicians like that. In fact, the Colorado Democratic legislature is fighting tooth and nail to make sure Republicans don’t stop state residents from using their welfare cash to buy recreational marijuana.
The Flimsiest of Flimsy Excuses
What’s the problem? Well, Democrats won’t come out and say that they want welfare recipients to be able to buy weed with their taxpayer gifts. They claim that if Republicans make dispensary ATMs off-limits to EBT cards, these poor folks won’t know where else to get their cash. They insist that the idea that people are using their welfare money to buy weed is nothing more than a Republican “myth” meant to scare taxpayers into strengthening the law.
Whether it’s a myth or not – and recent investigations have shown that it is happening to some degree – it’s absurd that Democrats would stand against such legislation. By doing so, they’re not only putting Colorado’s burgeoning marijuana industry in federal crosshairs, but they’re also legitimizing a “welfare for everything” philosophy that is contrary to our country’s ideals.
I don’t have any problem with a social safety net. People shouldn’t go from employed to homeless in a matter of weeks. It can take time to get on your feet again after a setback, and no one wants to see children suffer for the difficulties of the parent. But we’ve long since passed the point of ridiculousness when it comes to welfare. That the idea of putting marijuana on the “restricted” list is a controversial one is proof enough that we’ve strayed far, far from the program’s original intentions.