Free beer is the latest stimulus, backed by the White House, to persuade Americans to take the COVID-1
“Joints for Jabs” is officially something in the state of Washington.
The state Board of Alcohol and Cannabis said this week that it would allow state-licensed cannabis dealers to “provide a single compound to adult users who receive vaccination against COVID-19 at an in-store vaccination clinic.”
The program is the latest incentive for vaccination in a country that only a few days ago achieved its goal of vaccinating at least 70% of adults in the country. Gov. Jay Insley said reaching the mark would remove most of the remaining restrictions driven by coronavirus across the country.
The board said it had received numerous requests from retail licensees for cannabis to support state vaccination efforts. The board’s approval, called “Joints for Jabs”, will take effect immediately and will expire on July 12. Others call the plan “poke and toke.”
The fine print is harmless enough. Only one joint, without replacing other delicacies, suitable only for people 21 years and older. Advertising is allowed.
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The idea is not new. In Arizona, the Mint Cannabis Dispensary partnered with a medical team to offer free on-site vaccinations at its three locations in the Phoenix area. Those who were vaccinated at the clinics and turned 21 received free pre-rolled joints and edible cannabis tires, an initiative the dispensary called “Snax for Vaxx.”
“So many countries have declared cannabis retailers and employees vital since the beginning of the pandemic,” New England-based cannabis brand and business consultant Ben Mervis told USA TODAY. “This is a poetic opportunity for them not only to give back, but also to stimulate their efforts to create safer, vaccinated communities. “
The Washington State Council noted that it provided dozens of quotas for licensors of alcohol and cannabis during the pandemic in an attempt to help businesses during the downturn and support vaccination efforts. He has already approved free beer, wine or cocktails for those vaccinated by June 30.
Last week, Inslee unveiled a Lifelong Shot campaign aimed at promoting vaccination in the state, which at the start of the pandemic was the main hotspot in the United States for COVID-19 deaths. The Washington Lottery will hold a weekly $ 250,000 draw for four consecutive weeks and then a final $ 1 million draw.
The campaign also includes $ 1 million in student incentives in the form of free tuition and other scholarships. And the Department of Health is distributing $ 500,000 in gift cards through its Care-A-Van mobile vaccination device.
Last week, President Joe Biden pushed hard for his own goal of getting 70% of older Americans vaccinated at least partially against COVID-19 by July 4th. Biden announced multilateral efforts to reach the marker, including plans to recruit 1,000 blacks to own barbershops and salons to provide “Shots in the Store” and promote vaccinations 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 see 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 a free beer for vaccinated adults aged 21 and over on July 4th.
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