A new law proposed by a California State Senator would give drug addicts a monthly $330 gift card for staying sober.
Senate Bill 888, proposed by San Francisco Liberal Democrat 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 the use of the cheap drug than they do of opioid overdoses.
California has a massive drug problem, a blight worsened by the state’s homeless population which is by far the largest in the country.
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. And don’t bother asking, this is California, Illegal Immigrants qualify.
Of course, taxpayers will be footing the bill and knowing how these drug addicts find new and inventive ways of outwitting drug tests.
If this proposal becomes law, I can’t imagine it’ll take too long for the cheaters and scammers to make this program to fall flat on its face.
As with all California laws that reward the guilty and punish the innocent, it never seems to cost less than they propose or work out as Democrats claim.
Sadly, California used to represent the dreams and aspirations of the American middle class.