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The Evergreen

Seattle Times coverage of pot policy, culture and lifestyle.

September 3, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Welfare clients pulled money from ATMs at pot stores

Two welfare clients illegally pulled a total $100 from ATMs at two Washington pot shops, which should not have ATMs that accept EBT, according to a story by Austin Jenkins of the Northwest News Network.

Jenkins reports an EBT cardholder withdrew money from a store in Bellingham; another withdrew money from a store in Vancouver.

According to the state’s EBT handbook:

“It is against state law to use an EBT card or cash from an EBT card at taverns, bars, liquor stores, bail bond agencies, adult entertainment venues, any establishments where minors are prohibited, to gamble, get a tattoo or body piercing, or purchase tobacco.”

Marijuana stores, while not explicitly spelled out by the state, are 21-and-up establishments and therefore prohibited under state law.  A 2011 state law requires businesses to restrict ATM machines.

“Any of the listed business establishments that do not comply with the requirement to disable ATM and point-of-sale machines on their business premises from accepting EBT cards will have its business license suspended until it complies with the requirements.”

Jenkins reports the Department of Social and Health services saw the transactions, flagged them and sent warning letters to both the businesses and welfare clients in violation of state law.

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