White House press secretary Jen Psaki dismissed reporting that a $30 million Biden administration grant program might be used to distribute crack pipes and other drug paraphernalia to recovering addicts as a "conspiracy theory."
The White House had previously denied the grants were being used to fund the paraphernalia included in smoking kits when the subject was first broached in February.
Psaki's comments followed a Thursday report from the Washington Free Beacon that five East Coast medical clinics visited by staff were distributing pipes and paraphernalia in safe smoking kits without offering any other rehabilitative programs or services.
"This policy does not allow for crack pipes to be included. I would just note that this is a bit of a conspiracy theory that's been spread out there. It's not accurate," Psaki told reporters at Thursday's White House press briefing. "There's important drug treatment programs for people who have been suffering from what we've seen as an epidemic across the country, and money is not used for crack pipes."
None of the clinics visited by the Free Beacon responded to questions about whether or not they had applied for the Biden administration's grant program. The first round of funds will be disbursed later in May.
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