State's New Vaccination Incentive: Free Joint

Washington retailers asked if they can give out a sample per shot
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 7, 2021 7:05 PM CDT
Pot Shops Win OK for Vaccine Incentive
Budtender Maegan Clark writes on a sign at the preroll area of The Reef Capitol Hill, a marijuana store in Seattle, in March.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington state says licensed marijuana stores can offer free joints to promote coronavirus vaccine clinics. The "Joints for Jabs" program announced by state officials Monday will permit pot retail shops to give away a single pre-rolled joint to anyone over 21 who gets a shot at an on-site vaccine clinic by July 12, the AP reports. The state's Liquor and Cannabis Board said retailers asked if they could offer the incentive, per KXLY. All marijuana retailers in the state are eligible.

The state already lets breweries, wineries, and restaurants offer free drinks in exchange for proof of vaccination. Other incentives include free sports tickets and prize money of up to $1 million. The idea is to persuade more people to become vaccinated. Gov. Jay Inslee intends to lift all pandemic restrictions at the end of the month or sooner if 70% of those over age 16 have received at least a first vaccine dose.

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