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Senate OKs Bill Prohibiting EBT Purchase of Pot

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Senate approved a measure Tuesday prohibiting people from using welfare benefits to buy marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia.

People eligible for assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Need Families receives their cash grants through an electronic benefits transfer card, known as an EBT card. Under current law, EBT cards can not be used for things like buying lottery tickets, getting tattoos, or buying cigarettes or alcohol.

The measure that passed Tuesday adds marijuana and paraphernalia to the list.

The bill heads next to the House.

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