Washington State Permits Free Joints for Covid Jabs

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As part of its strategy to vaccinate more of its population, Washington state will allow adults to claim a free marijuana joint if they get a Covid-19 shot.

The state’s Liquor and Cannabis Committee announced on Monday that the “Joints for Jabs” campaign is effective immediately and will run until July 12.

The board said it would allow participating marijuana retailers to offer a pre-rolled joint to customers 21 and older when they receive their first or second dose at an active vaccine clinic at the retail location. The promotion only applies to joints, not other products such as edibles.

So far, 58 percent of people in Washington have received at least one dose and 49 percent are fully vaccinated, according to a New York Times database.

Washington isn’t the only state that has cannabis advertising. An Arizona pharmacy recently announced a similar campaign providing free marijuana joints or gummy edibles to Arizona residents 21 and older receiving a vaccination.

Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Administration recently allowed residents with proof of vaccination a free beer, wine, or cocktail.

Since the US vaccination rate dropped sharply in mid-April, states and cities have launched promotions like free beer in New Jersey and a raffle to win full college scholarships in New York and Ohio. Several states have hosted lotteries that awarded cash prizes of $ 1 million or more.

Andy Slavitt, a White House virus advisor, said the Biden administration is encouraging states to be creative – including through lotteries or other financial incentives – to get people vaccinated. The federal government allows states to use certain federal aid funds to pay for these types of programs.