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HUH: California Law Would Pay Meth Addicts For Staying Sober

It’s sad that it’s come to this.

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A new law proposed by a California State Senator would provide gift cards to citizens of the state for staying sober.

Senate Bill 888, proposed by San Francisco’s Scott Weiner, would make recovering former meth users eligible to receive gift cards and other financial rewards for staying sober. Weiner has a controversial record as a state legislator, at one point proposing a law that made declining to reveal one’s HIV status to a sexual partner no longer a felony.

Methamphetamine has a particularly strong presence in California, and the state is one of the few in the country where more die from use of the cheap drug than they do of opioid overdoses.

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California has a massive drug problem, a blight worsened by the state’s homeless population- by far the largest in the country.

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Addicts would submit to regular drug tests to receive state benefits under the bill. They’d be made eligible for subsidized treatment with California’s Medi-Cal, the state medicare program.

Participants in the program can receive up to $330 in gift cards.

Weiner’s legislation may actually have some merits. Creating a cash incentive for drug users to stay clean may ultimately prove more effective than costly and ineffective state-controlled drug recovery programs. In any case, it’s likely paying addicts is a more efficient use of resources then locking them up in the stacked California prison system after committing crimes to fuel their addiction.

But it’s a tragedy that the state has come to this. California used to represent the dreams and aspirations of the American middle class, not ground zero for homelessness and drug addiction.

 

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California Shuts Down Economy Again Due to COVID-19 Spike…Just Weeks After Massive BLM Riots

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The state of California is being forced to close their economy down yet again, as COVID-19 cases reportedly shoot upward.

Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that all bars, movie theaters, and indoor restaurants can no longer operate in the state while indoor malls, barbershops, hair salons, gyms, churches, and other businesses are shut down in counties determined to be problematic such as Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura.

“This continues to be a deadly disease,” Newsom said on Monday.

“We’ve made this point on multiple occasions and that is why we’re moving back into a modification mode of our original stay-at-home order,” he added.

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Meanwhile, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is threatening a full city-wide shutdown. He has claimed that his city is in danger of approaching the red level of an arbitrary COVID-19 warning system meant to instill color-coded fear into the hearts of his constituents.

“We are on the border of going to red,” Garcetti said during a briefing. “It is up to all of us to make sure that we don’t.”

“Outdoor activities are as we’ve learned in this considered safer, including outdoor dining, which remains open,” Garcetti added. “But if you do an outdoor activity, please do it either by yourself or with other members of your household.”

While the liberal bureaucrats of California are readily ordering people around, they fail to mention that cases are spiking weeks after widespread rioting and protesting from the Black Lives Matter (BLM) racial dominance movement.

Newsom, Garcetti and other public officials pushing the COVID-19 shutdown have refused to denounce protesters for gathering in huge groups flouting social distancing requirements.

“For those of you out there protesting, I want you to know that you matter,” Newsom said last month. “To those who want to express themselves… God bless you. Keep doing it. Your rage is real.”

“My first responsibility is to protect lives before everything else, which is why the Black Lives Matter moment is so important to me,” Garcetti said last month.

Republicans in the California legislature are pushing back against the shutdown from Newsom, which they believe is evidence of his failed response to the crisis.

“Restaurants and churches are not the source of our increase in cases,” four congressmen and state legislators from Northern California wrote in a letter opposing Newsom’s power-grab.

“Small businesses are hanging by a thread and this action puts all the burden of this crisis back upon them. Main Street is struggling for its very life, while Lowe’s and Home Depot are packed with people and having record years. No one can make any sense of these confusing orders,” the letter added.

American life will likely never recover, with the fabric of society torn irreparably by COVID-19 mass hysteria as well as racial riots, due to the weak leadership of spineless Democrats like Newsom and Garcetti.

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