Pot shops can offer joints for vaccines

The Associated Press

SEATTLE — Licensed marijuana stores in Washington state can offer free joints to promote on-site COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

The state Liquor and Cannabis Board is calling the effort the “Joints for Jabs” program, according to Monday’s announcement.

The board said licensed adult-use marijuana retail shops can give away a single pre-rolled joint to anyone older than 21 who gets a shot at an on-site vaccine clinic held by July 12.

The board already has allowed breweries, wineries and restaurants to offer free drinks in exchange for proof of vaccination — though alcohol-serving establishments have not had to host a clinic on-site to give out product.

Other incentives being offered in Washington state include free sports tickets and prize money of up to $1 million.

The idea is to persuade more people to become vaccinated, helping to control the deadly virus and helping Washington to fully reopen more quickly.

Gov. Jay Inslee intends to lift all COVID-related restrictions at the end of the month or when 70 percent of those older than 16 have received at least their first vaccine dose, whichever comes first.

The board said the marijuana stores must buy any joints they intend to give away from licensed producers or processors and they must keep records of any product given away.

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