The Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Micmacs tribes are considering the economic benefits of legalizing marijuana on native lands, while the state’s fourth recognized tribe, the Penobscot Nation, has said it will not pursue legalization, according to the Portland Press Herald.
The U.S. Department of Justice said in December it would allow Native American tribes to legalize marijuana on their lands as long as they followed guidelines to which states are required to adhere.
9,000 food stamp recipients dumped from rolls after Maine begins enforcing minimum requirements
Sorry, liberals. Food stamps are not “free money.” Some 9,000 Mainers are finding the welfare spigot has been cut off after the state began enforcing minimum requirements for recipients.
Gov. Paul LePage’s administration says more than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the food stamps program since it began enforcing work requirements last year.
The number of people dropped from the program exceeded the administration’s expectations. Advocates say they fear it’s forcing more residents to rely on food pantries.
Under the change, adults who are not disabled and do not have dependents cannot receive food stamps for longer than three months unless they work at least 20 hours a week, participate in a work-training program or meet volunteering requirements.
A Department of Health and Human Services spokesman told The Associated Press that 12,000 nondisabled adults were in the program before Jan. 1. That number has dropped to 2,680.
It’s important to note here that all 9,000 of these former welfare recipients could still be receiving benefits if they would simply take the necessary steps to find a job or volunteer, but a whopping 75% of the non-disabled food stamp recipients have chosen to forgo the “free money” now that they have to actually lift a finger to receive somebody else’s hard-earned cash.
In reality, setting minimum requirements is a rather paltry step in rolling back the government’s massive welfare state. This kind of wealth redistribution shouldn’t exist in the first place.