Credit Card Companies Are Clamping Down on Medical Marijuana Purchases

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If purchasing (medical! honest!) marijuana legally is more your style than swapping bitcoins over the internet, you may need to change credit card companies: discovered that despite it being legal in some states, lenders aren't so open-eyed, man.


In states that legalized marijuana for medical use, Visa and Discover allow their customers to purchase it using their cards. MasterCard has allowed customers in the past, but perhaps not in the future, saying they're reviewing the policy at the moment. American Express, on the other hand, takes a harder stance on it, claiming that despite some states legalizing it for medical reasons, it's still actually illegal due to the federal law.

Medical marijuana depots in Silicon Valley, meanwhile, are already installing NFC readers for Google Wallet payments.*

*Not really. [Credit via Boing Boing]

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Broken Machine

I love it when payment services put their own politics into the mix. A few months ago I found out that If I want to buy a part for my legally owned pistol, or chunks of lead without any type of propellant whatsoever, it is against Paypal's rules. What's next? Non DOT-approved motorcycle helmets? JARTS on eBay? CDs with parental approval stickers?

Get off your damn high-horse, STFU, take my money and allow me to buy this product.