Would you get vaccinated in exchange for some marijuana? Washington State hopes the answer is yes.
The state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board said this week that it would allow state-licensed cannabis retailers to “provide a joint for adult consumers receiving COVID-19 vaccination at an in-store vaccination clinic,” according to USA Today.
We’ve heard about the incentives states are offering their residents to get vaccinated, and this program is the newest and very hip brand for Washington, one of the first states in the country to legalize recreational marijuana.
The board said it had received several requests from retail cannabis licensees to encourage the state’s vaccination efforts. Approval for what the board calls “Joints for Jabs” is effective immediately and expires on July 12th.
Others in the state call the plan “poke and toke”.
Washington officials said they recently achieved their goal of vaccinating at least 70% of the state’s adults. Governor Jay Inslee said reaching this mark will enable the removal of most of the remaining coronavirus-related restrictions across the state.
The rules for the program are clear. Only a joint, no substitute for other pot marks and only suitable for people aged 21 and over.
Promotion of the program is allowed for cannabis stores.
Other states know that people would prefer direct cash.
Last month we reported that the Ohio governor announced a nationwide lottery of $ 1 million for every adult who gets vaccinated in the state.
The lottery was only open to adults, but each vaccinated teen (ages 12-17) entered a separate raffle for a full scholarship to a school in the state.
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