Colo. won't ban public assistance at pot shops

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DENVER, Colo. (AP) - Colorado won't ban the use of public assistance at marijuana-shop ATMs, despite calls from both Republicans and the pot industry to ban it.

A Colorado Senate committee voted 3-2 Wednesday to reject the GOP proposal to add marijuana shops to the list of places where recipients of public assistance can't use their government-issued EBT cards to access cash. The list already includes casinos, liquor stores and gun shops.

Marijuana industry lobbyists argued for the bill, saying there's no evidence people on public benefits are using pot-shop ATMs and that the prohibition would assure the public that disability benefits or other entitlements aren't being used on pot.

Democrats on the committee all voted against the idea. They said people in poor neighborhoods already have difficulty accessing ATMs and that the bill isn't needed.

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