Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill banning welfare recipients from using their electronic benefit cards at marijuana dispensaries, cigar and smoke shops and tattoo and body piercing shops. It takes effect in 60 days.
More than 12,000 households in New Hampshire receive cash benefits through so-called EBT cards, which function like debit cards. Since last year, state and federal law has banned use of the cards at liquor stores, gambling establishments and adult entertainment venues.