“Joints for Jabs,” launched by the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board, offers adults a new incentive – marijuana joints.
To be eligible, participants must be 21 years old or older and have to have received either the first or second dose during the visit. “Joints for Jabs” is just one of many vaccination incentives launched by the state. The Liquor and Cannabis Board announced an incentive that allows breweries, wineries, and restaurants to offer free drinks to vaccinated adults. The Guardian reports that the offer began Monday and will continue until July 12th. Additionally, many marijuana retailers were eager to support vaccination efforts alongside the current promotions [NPR].
Washington’s program reflets other promotions taking place across the country that are giving away free weed in exchange for proof of vaccination. In Arizona, a local dispensary is providing residents who are vaccinated free marijuana joints or edibles. Across the United States, state officials, encouraged by the Biden administration, are getting creative to incentivize people to get vaccinated. Some states are giving away big prizes, using federal relief funds to cover the cost of the programs used for incentivizing vaccination [ABC].
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 64% of adults in the U.S. are partially vaccinated. Biden has set a goal to have 70% of adults partially vaccinated by July 4. In Washington state alone, over 3.7 million people are fully vaccinated, with 4.4 million people having at least received one dose [CBS].
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