SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot

By Patrick A. Kelley, SNAP Program Analyst This is an important announcement regarding the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Online Purchasing Pilot Request for Volunteers (RFV) published on September 15, 2016. The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is pleased to announce that we have received confirmation that additional Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Host Processors intend…

AFPD granted proclamations in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois for “We Card Program”

West Bloomfield, MI (September 19, 2016) – The Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers (AFPD) continues its support of the We Card Program by ensuring that its members do not sell controlled substances to minors.  This support was recognized by the governors of Michigan, Ohio and Illinois in their proclamations, which are given for service that…

Interpreting FDA’s New Tobacco Deeming Rules

NACS has created an updated memo for members to provide additional clarification on the final rule, which went into effect last month By NACS Online On August 8, the FDA’s final rule extending the agency’s regulatory authority to products such as e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah (waterpipe) and pipe tobacco, certain dissolvables, and nicotine gels, went into…

Marijuana to remain illegal under federal law, DEA says

By Donna Leinwand Leger // USA Today Marijuana advocates who hoped the cascade of states moving to legalize medical marijuana would soften the federal stance on the drug faced disappointment as the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it will keep marijuana illegal for any purpose. Marijuana will remain a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Substances in Schedule 1 are…

The Double-Speak of Big Banks

What the largest financial institutions won’t reveal about swipe fees NACS Online George Orwell’s 1984 novel has nothing on banks these days in terms of double-speak, wrote Lyle Beckwith, NACS senior vice president of government relations, in a blog posted to The Hill. “The banks don’t like an amendment to the Dodd-Frank financial-regulation law that…

Proposed Snap Rule Will Harm Convenience Stores

NACS cautions that prohibiting convenience stores from accepting SNAP benefits will negatively affect not only retailers but their customers and communities NACS Online The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants retailers who accept food stamps to stock more food choices, a move that could harm tens of thousands of smaller stores, like convenience stores, currently…