Schwarzeneger Bans Welfare Cards for Psychics, Pot, Bingo, and Tatoos

The governator has terminated the use of welfare cards at medical marijuana shops, psychics, bail bond establishments, bingo halls, cruise ships and tattoo parlors.

The governator has terminated the use of welfare cards at some rather dubious establishments.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneger says welfare recipients can no longer use state-issued debit cards at medical marijuana shops, psychics and other businesses whose services have been deemed “inconsistent with the intent” of the program.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Schwarzenegger sent a letter to county welfare directors Monday announcing that ATMS and point-of-sale card readers in such businesses will be removed from the network that accepts California’s Electronic Benefits Transfer cards.

Other businesses affected by the ban include bail bond establishments, bingo halls, cruise ships and tattoo parlors.

Killjoy.   No word on whether they can be used at whore houses or cockfighting arenas.

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Comments

  1. Drew says:

    Heartless fascist.

  2. Herb says:

    While I do think it’s dubious that tax payers should be picking up the tabs for these people’s extracurricular activities, I think efforts like this are somewhat counterproductive. I came to this conclusion at the grocery store a few weeks ago when I saw a family on foodstamps buy their milk, cheese, and eggs with their foodstamps….and then they bought the new World of Warcraft PC game with their own money.

    The taxpayer, it seems, would be better off giving welfare recipients a set amount, allowing them to spend it on whatever they want, and then giving them no more.

    As it is, we’re just freeing up room in their budget so they can buy video games, psychics, bingo…..