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Amid the growing debate about the legalization of marijuana, Colorado GOP lawmakers are trying to make it a little tougher for people receiving welfare or other federal government benefits to spend that money on marijuana.
Colorado pot shops currently have ATMs where welfare recipients can withdraw cash using their EBT cards. A State Senate committee rejected Republicans’ proposal to close this loophole.
Here’s more on last week’s vote from AP:
Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, said Colorado’s new legal pot industry needs to make sure not to invite federal scrutiny through improper cash withdrawals at recreational or medical marijuana stores.
“Already we are operating an industry which is not allowed under federal law,” said Marble, one of the chief lawmakers involved with Colorado’s marijuana regulation bills.
If federal authorities notice public benefit card use at marijuana shops, “I have a feeling we’re going to see trouble we’re not ready to deal with,” she said.
Democrats on the committee said some neighborhoods have few ATMs, and the Legislature should address those banking deserts before piling on places where public assistance cards can’t be used.
“I’m not comfortable limiting that access until I’m certain we’ve done that due diligence to make sure people can access their benefits when they need to,” Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, said.
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Lawmakers wanted to add legal pot shops and strip clubs to the list of places where EBT cards cannot be used to withdraw cash. The list currently includes casinos, gun stores and liquor stores.
Colorado State Rep. Jared Wright (R) called the vote a “political move” by Democrats and warned that it will backfire.
He believes it’s “unfair” to be encouraging people who may have past or current struggles with addiction to spend their money on marijuana.
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“It seemed like the right thing to do,” Cpl. Jeremy Walsh said. “I had something that somebody else needed that I didn’t need.”
That aptly sums up the intentions of the Odessa, Texas police officer and Army vet whose simple act of kindness was captured in a photo unbeknownst to him…and is now going viral.
Walsh approached a homeless man in town with whom he’s built a rapport, notedKEWS-TV in Midland, Texas. Walsh knew that the man, who goes by A.J., had been on the street for some time without footwear.
“From what he’s told me he was in Colorado for a good while,” Walsh told KEWS. ”He ended up getting frostbite and losing the front part of his feet.”
“He used to have some steel-toed Dockers,” Walsh added. “They ended up falling apart on him. Well, I have some boots that I never wear because they’re a size too small and they’re just collecting dust in my closet so I figured A.J. could use them a lot more than I could.”
Walsh didn’t realize that while he was giving A.J. his boots and a bottle of water, a woman inside a local restaurant noticed their interaction and took a photograph. It eventually ended up on theFacebook page for the City of Odessa and is now an Internet hit. Walsh told the Odessa Americanthat the event happened two weeks ago.
It wasn’t easy getting A.J. — a “rugged” and “private” man — to accept the boots, Walsh told the Odessa American, adding that he sometimes becomes agitated when people try to “force” items on him.
They’ve known each other for a while, though, and Walsh said he eventually convinced A.J. to accept the boots — although on A.J.’s requested condition that he’ll pay Walsh back.
“He likes to do the one-for-one sort of thing,” Walsh told the Odessa American.
“I saw him today, he said, ‘I haven’t forgotten about ya.’ I said ‘It wouldn’t be a gift if we were trading bro,’” Walsh added to KEWS.
For A.J.’s part, he told KEWS that he’s grateful for the officer’s actions but is concerned the attention the photo has been getting is keeping Walsh from his regular duties.
TheBlaze contacted the restaurant from where the photo was taken. Owner Gail Kimbrell, whose daughter Ronda snapped the pic, said “we’re all worried sick over” A.J. The temperatures Wednesday night into Thursday morning are predicted to head below freezing, with
“I don’t know what we were gonna do,” Kimbrell told TheBlaze. “He refuses to go anywhere.” Kimbrell’s daughter told the Odessa American that a local homeless shelter, the Jesus House, hasn’t been able to convince A.J. to accept any help.
Odessa police confirmed that they cannot force A.J. to move. “Our hands are tied,” a police spokeswoman told TheBlaze. “He’s not breaking law.”
Still, Kimbrell said, since the photo hit the Internet, she’s witnessed car after car coming up to A.J. “nonstop” and leaving items to help him out. “Packages of brand-new blankets,” she said. “My neighbor owns a bakery, and they’re feeding him…but he doesn’t want any attention.”
Kimbrell added that she knows that Walsh, the officer, was “embarrassed,” too, by the unexpected attention.
Still he is happy he can help.
“I’ve had a lot of supportive comments and pats on the back from the guys,” Walsh, who’s been with the department for two years, told KEWS. “Transients or homeless people, they’re still people. If I can help him or anyone else, I can and I will.”
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#1 Mind-Boggling 3-D Tattoo
Amazing, isn’t it? The 3-D tat almost appears carved! It’s so perfect, we’d be tempted to “knock” on it, just to see if her leg was not in fact wooden.
#2 Warrior Eyes To Watch Over You
You might think, what.. is this really inked? The 3-D tat is so realistic, until you notice it’s on this guy’s bicep! No one is messing with him, his tat is likely to start a conversation rather than a fight.
#3 Hand or Face?
This looks downright creepy. Imagine walking around like this?
#4 Flesh Peeled Away
#5 Leg Wound
This tattoo looks alarmingly like a 3-d leg wound
#6 That Eye
That eye looks supremely real
#7 Bricks Behind A Human Skull
Surreal in every way
#8 Supremely 3-D
The artist achieves an 3-D effect with tons of detail in this tattoo
Imagine having an eye below your neck. This is cringe-worth
#10 Tattooed Mystic
How must it feel to walk around with that tattoo on your back?
#11 Mechanical Arm
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