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Subject:  Strangely funny.. Date:  10/16/2012  2:09 PM
Author:  americanray Number:  156313 of 185455

The following is sort of funny - part of the Senator Coburn Waste 101 report...

More money for the marijuana munchies. Marijuana has been linked to an increased appetite, known as getting the “munchies,” so perhaps it is no surprise the states of Maine, New Mexico, and Oregon gave extra food stamp benefits to users of the illegal drug.64 65 66 These states allowed some marijuana users to deduct the cost of the drug from their income when determining the amount of the benefits provided for which they are eligible. In Oregon, the deduction “[i]ncluded … fees for obtaining a state-issued medical marijuana card, expenses incurred while cultivating marijuana and the costs of purchasing it from a third-party grower.”67 It is not known how many recipients claimed the deduction.68 The director of the Maine Office of Family Independence does not know how many individuals received extra food stamp benefits as a result of marijuana use.
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