After the Social Security Administration issued him a debit card, retiree Lido Martinez of Eagle Rock went in search of an ATM that would not charge him a fee to draw upon his retirement benefits. Martinez called to find out the location of nearby ATMs that would be free to use and was told there was a machine on Eagle Rock Boulevard not too far from his home. After receiving the address, Martinez headed to the ATM to get some cash with his Direct Express card but was surprised to discover that the machine was inside a medical marijuana dispensary, reports the Boulevard Sentinel (page 6). The Sentinel did not identify the pot shop, but a link from the Direct Express card website shows that Social Security beneficiaries can take advantage of the no-fee Money Pass ATM inside the Eagle Rock Herbal Collective.
Despite the ATM’s convenient location, Martinez could not use the machine after all; only members of the dispensary could enter the building.
- U.S. Treasury leads retiree to marijuana shop. Boulevard Sentinel (page 6)