USDA ends already illegal medical marijuana deductions for food stampsSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 08/03/2012 - 11:52
USDA ends already illegal medical marijuana deductions for food stamps
Published: 12:17 AM 08/03/2012
By Caroline May
Medical marijuana deductions for food stamps are up in smoke following an order from the feds.
States have received instructions from the United States Department of Agriculture to cease medical marijuana income deductions for food stamps — that were already prohibited under federal law.
Prior to the edict, quietly issued in mid-July, some states with statutory provisions giving doctors the ability to prescribe medical marijuana had allowed applicants to deduct the marijuana expenses from their incomes to qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, based on a provision in the 2008 Food and Nutrition Act which allowed deductions of “allowable medical expenses” for households with elderly or disabled members.
According to the memo sent to all regional directors of SNAP, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service has had a “long standing policy that a household may not utilize the SNAP medical deduction for the cost of any substance considered illegal under Federal law.”