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Maryland lawmakers seek relief for crab shacks from food stamps rule

Maryland lawmakers seek relief for crab shacks from food stamps rule

Maryland Democrats in Congress asked the Trump administration on Thursday to grant crab shacks temporary relief from a new rule that is preventing many from accepting food stamps for steamed crabs.

Officials warned carryout shops in the Baltimore area last year that they could no longer accept food stamps for crabs unless they sold them live or raw. The shops were also told that they had to provide a variety of food staples, not just the Chesapeake Bay delicacy, to qualify for food stamp transactions.

The rule went into effect in January. Now, as the weather warms and the appetite for crab increases, retailers are feeling the effects.

“We’re all hurt by it,” Scott...

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