Marijuana welfare measure passes 1st vote |

Marijuana welfare measure passes 1st vote

Senate Bill 65:

DENVER — The Colorado Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill to add marijuana businesses and strip clubs to the list of Colorado businesses where electronic benefits cards — called EBTs — can’t be used to withdraw cash.

The bill aims to alleviate concerns that public benefits can be used to buy pot.

A similar measure failed last year amid complaints that because dispensaries are concentrated in poorer neighborhoods, dispensary ATMs may be the closest source of cash.

The bill faces a more formal vote before going to the House.

Marijuana industry groups either support the bill or have taken no position against it.

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