has authorized retailers to offer “joints for jabs,” allowing them to distribute free marijuana
to encourage people
to get their COVID-19 vaccine
According to a press release from the state's liquor and cannabis board, state-licensed cannabis retailers are now allowed to give customers over the age of 21 one pre-rolled joint when they get vaccinated at an in-store vaccination
clinic. The temporary allowance will last until July 12.
Washington is the most recent of several states to get creative in encouraging residents to get vaccinated: California
is holding a vaccine lottery
, including a $1.5 million prize for the top ten vaccinated residents, and New Jersey
is supporting breweries that offer free beer to those who are vaccinated, among other initiatives.
Limited Allowance for Cannabis Retailers to Provide One Joint Free of Charge to Customers Who Receive a COVID-19 Vaccine at an In-Store Clinic https://t.co/wiOVqP4JWo
— WA Liquor & Cannabis Board (@WSLCB) June 7, 2021
So far, more than half of the people in the United States
have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine.
More than 597,000 people have died in the United States as a result of the coronavirus
since last year, and there are still over 14,000 cases reported daily in the country, with over 300 people dying every day.