San Francisco Gives Marijuana and Alcohol to Homeless in Quarantine
San Francisco officials have confirmed reports that the city is providing tobacco, marijuana, methadone, and alcohol to homeless people in commandeered hotels during the pandemic.
The San Francisco Health Department confirmed the rumors last week. Officials say it has helped keep the indigent off the streets and in quarantine.
“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," SFDPH said in a statement.
The idea of providing homeless individuals with cannabis, at least, is not new. There is a non-profit organization entirely dedicated to it. Methadone is also necessary for many people overcoming addiction to opioids. But the idea of a city providing addictive substances to the homeless during a health crisis has confounded and angered many.
SFDPH says that taxpayer money is not being used for the substances. They were paid for through private funds and are administered with the guidance of licensed physicians.