(AmericanPoliticalDaily.Com)- At a time when the government is handing out money to businesses to keep as many employees on the payroll as possible, and giving direct cash payments to Americans, it may come as a surprise that the San Francisco Department of Public Health is taking it one step further and giving away…free tobacco and alcohol.
According to local media outlet SFGate, the San Francisco Department of Public Health is responding to the coronavirus pandemic by handing out free tobacco and alcohol as part of their Alternative Housing Program. It’s an initiative that gives homeless people a temporary place to sleep if they are at risk of catching coronavirus.
San Francisco, which has one of the highest homeless populations in the country, pays for people to stay in trailers, recreational vehicles, and even hotel rooms for free.
Beyond this, the initiative is also planning on giving “limited quantities” of alcohol and tobacco, which have been donated by private organizations, to homeless people in an effort to encourage them to stay in the accommodation being provided.
In a press statement, the Alternative Housing Program defended their plans.
“Managed alcohol and tobacco use makes it possible to increase the number of guests who stay in isolation and quarantine and, notably, protects the health of people who might otherwise need hospital care for life-threatening alcohol withdrawal,” the statement reads.
If people don’t want to take free accommodation paid for by taxpayers, then why should they be encouraged to change their mind with free drugs?
SFGate also reported that people who are given free temporary housing are screened for illegal drug use before checking in, and the initiative asks people if they would like help kicking their drug habits. Free rehabilitation is offered as part of the scheme.
Perhaps the most shocking part of this story, however, is that the initiative also admitted giving marijuana to some homeless people who have used their services. They defended their practice by stating it was medical marijuana but not recreational marijuana, despite the substances being exactly the same.
So far, San Francisco has procured almost 2,500 hotel rooms, with just under half of those rooms occupied by people with no home. The program’s data tracker provides regular updates about the progress of their initiative.