After reports that a $30 million dollar federal grant would contribute to the distribution of “smoking kits” for drug addicts, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and fifteen fellow Senators have introduced the CRACK Act.
The bill would amend Section 2706 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (P.L. 117-2) to prohibit any funds from directly or indirectly purchasing, supplying, or distributing crack pipes or similar drug paraphernalia.
“I am glad the Biden Administration acknowledges sending crack pipes to our nation’s addicts is a bad idea,” Rubio says. “It is pure insanity to think the federal government would fund crack pipe distribution. This legislation will make certain the program can never pay for crack pipes, and given the Biden Administration’s position I look forward to their vigorous support.”
Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), a cosponsor of the bill, said “the Biden administration wants to spend millions of dollars helping drug users smoke crack and meth, but there is no safe way to smoke these dangerous drugs. Sooner or later, these drugs kill people.”
“Why wouldn’t the president spend this money to help people get off crack and meth or to stop these drugs from crossing the border into our country in the first place?” Kennedy added.
The CRACK Act is similar to a bill introduced in the House by Rep. Lauren Boebert — the HUNTER Act. All signs point to a GOP united in preventing federal tax dollars from funding drug paraphernalia.