“Jabs joints” are officially a thing in Washington state.
The state board for alcohol and drinks said this week would allow state-licensed cannabis traders to “secure one compound adult consumers receiving COVID-19 at an in-store vaccination clinic. “
The program is the latest boost to vaccination in a state that just a few days ago achieved its goal of vaccinating at least 70% of adults in the state. Gov. Jay Inslee said reaching that limit would allow most of the remaining restrictions coronavirus-led across the state to be removed.
The committee said it had received more requests from cannabis retail owners to help promote the state’s vaccination efforts. Approval for what the board called “Joints for Jabs” takes effect immediately and expires on July 12th. Others call the plan “poker.”
Small print is harmless enough. Only one joint, no substitute for other treats, only for people over 21 years old. Advertising is allowed.
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The idea is not new. In Arizona, the Mint Cannabis Dispensary has partnered with a medical group to offer free on-site vaccinations at its three locations in Phoenix. Those who were vaccinated at clinics and older than 21 received free pre-rolled wrist and edible rubber cannabis an initiative the dispensary called “Snax for Vaxx”.
“So many states have declared cannabis retail and employees crucial as early as the start of the pandemic,” New England-based Ben Mervis and business adviser Ben Mervis said TODAY. “This is a poetic opportunity for them not only to give back, but also to encourage efforts to create safer, vaccinated communities.”
The Washington State Committee noted that it had secured dozens of licenses for alcohol and cannabis throughout the pandemic in an attempt to support businesses for a limited period of time and to support vaccine-related efforts. It has already approved free beer, wine or cocktails for vaccinations by June 30th.
Last week, Inslee unveiled a “Lifelong Shooting” campaign to promote vaccination in the state, which early in the pandemic was the primary U.S. hotbed of death from COVID-19. The Washington State Lottery will conduct a weekly $ 250,000 draw for four consecutive weeks, followed by a $ 1 million final draw.
The campaign also includes a million-dollar incentive for students in the form of free tuition and other scholarships. And the State Department of Health is handing out $ 500,000 gift cards through its Care-A-Van mobile vaccination facility.
Last week, President Joe Biden launched great pressure towards his goal that 70% of adult Americans will be at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19 by July 4th. Biden announced multiple efforts aimed at achieving that goal, including plans to recruit 1,000 barbershops and salons owned by blacks to provide “Shots at the Shop” and promote vaccination across the country.
Other elements of the campaign include free childcare for parents who want to be vaccinated, keeping pharmacies open 24 hours a day on Fridays, and partnering with mayors to determine which city can increase the vaccination rate the fastest. The NBA, NHL, MLB and NASCAR also plan to offer free vaccines at their competitions, while Anheuser-Busch announced free beer for vaccinated adults over the age of 21 and older on July 4th.
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