Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration is planning to award huge, taxpayer-funded grants to pay for the distribution of drug paraphernalia such as crack pipes and syringes.
The $30 million grant program seeks to “help” drug users by buying them the tools they require to take illegal narcotics.
Applications for the scheme close in May and Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will begin handing out the cash in March.
Funding for the “harm reduction” grant program as it is known was made possible by the Democrats’ American Rescue Plan.
Other equipment besides drug pipes that qualify for funding include syringes, vaccinations, disease screenings, and condoms.
Fox News contributor Leo Terrell said: “I want to be very clear.
“They are using the term racial equity.
“Racial equity is a code for affirmative action, low expectations.
“You’re basically having a government involved in distributing equipment, pipes to help encourage drug use in minority communities.
“How does that achieve racial equality?
“It is an idea where you are encouraging drug use instead of preventing drug use.
“It is a mindset of low expectations.
“I don’t see how anyone benefits from this except the drug dealers,” Terrell said.
Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) said: “There almost aren’t words in English.
“The Biden Administration just keeps on rocking it in the free world.
“I mean, every single day reality calls and the Biden administration just hangs up.
“I don’t think when moms and dads lie down at night in America and can’t sleep they are worried about clean injection sites and sterile crack pipes.
“The issue, Mr. President, is crime.
“The issue, Mr. President, is how to stop it, not how to encourage it.
“Now, why has crime gone up? I know it’s complicated but I will tell you a big reason.”
From The Free Beacon:
The Biden administration is set to fund the distribution of crack pipes to drug addicts as part of its plan to advance “racial equity.”
The $30 million grant program, which closed applications Monday and will begin in May, will provide funds to nonprofits and local governments to help make drug use safer for addicts. Included in the grant, which is overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, are funds for “smoking kits/supplies.”
A spokesman for the agency told the Washington Free Beacon that these kits will provide pipes for users to smoke crack cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, and “any illicit substance.”
HHS said the kits aim to reduce the risk of infection when smoking substances with glass pipes, which can lead to infections through cuts and sores.
Applicants for the grants are prioritized if they treat a majority of “underserved communities,” including African Americans and “LGBTQ+ persons,” as established under President Joe Biden’s executive order on “advancing racial equity.”
Democratic-run cities such as San Francisco and Seattle have distributed smoking kits to residents. Some local governments, however, have in recent years backed away from their smoking kit programs over concerns they enable drug abuse.
Louisville, Ky., for example, allowed convenience stores to sell smoking kits but later banned them. Legislators in Maryland ditched their distribution plan after facing backlash from local law enforcement and African-American leaders.
Sgt. Clyde Boatwright, president of the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police, said government resources are better spent on preventing drug abuse rather than making it safer.
“If we look at more of a preventive campaign as opposed to an enabling campaign, I think it will offer an opportunity to have safer communities with fewer people who are dependable on these substances,” Boatwright told the Free Beacon.
WATCH: Senator @JohnKennedyLA blasts the Biden administration for funding CRACK PIPE DISTRIBUTION.
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