Maine Wants To Ban People From Buying Soda And Candy With Food Stamps05:49
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Soft drinks make up about 5 percent of all food stamp purchases, according the the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)
Soft drinks make up about 5 percent of all food stamp purchases, according the the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)
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The state of Maine has asked the federal government to allow the state to ban the purchase of soft drinks and candy with food stamps.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Mary Mayhew, commissioner of Maine's Department of Health and Human Services, about why the state is calling for the ban.

This segment aired on February 23, 2017.

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