Washington Is Offering Free Weed If You Get Vaxxed
High time to get the COVID-19 shot, eh?
If you get a COVID-19 vaccine in Washington state over the next few weeks, a free joint could come with it.
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) announced Monday that it will temporarily allow state-licensed cannabis retailers to offer a free pre-roll to adults who get jabbed at in-store vaccination clinics.
“The LCB received multiple requests from cannabis retail licensees to engage in promotions to support state vaccination efforts,” the board said in a press release.
The state will allow such “Joints for Jabs'' promotions until July 12. Washingtonians already have the option of getting perks such as a free glass of wine, beer, or cocktail with proof of vaccination at businesses with a liquor license.
Nearly 45% of people in Washington are fully vaccinated, according to the state’s department of health.
Washington isn’t the only state to try and incentivize vaccines with cannabis. In Arizona, the Mint Cannabis Dispensary offered vaccines and threw in a free joint and cannabis gummy along with it.
Additionally, several states including Washington, Ohio, and California started programs where people who receive vaccines can win cash in a lottery. Washington will draw a name from the state’s immunization dashboard for a cash prize of $250,000 weekly for four weeks starting June 8, the Seattle Times reported. After the state declares those four winners, it will draw another on July 13 for a grand prize of $1 million.
Such incentives come as the country is racing toward President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one jab to 70% of adults in the United States by July 4. However, the U.S. is growing likely to fall just shy of that goal as the daily rate of vaccination has slowed to 1 million jabs, according to the Washington Post..The country reached a high in mid-April of approximately 3.3 million shots per day., As of Tuesday, nearly 64% of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the CDC.
Here’s hoping people want to get inoculated AND stoned.