The Washington State Agency, which oversees the legal market for recreational cannabis, will allow licensed retailers to give free marijuana to those who receive the coronavirus vaccine at in-store vaccination clinics.
In a statement Monday, the Washington Board on Alcohol and Cannabis said it would temporarily abandon rules that allow retailers to trade in a pre-rolled joint for anyone who receives a first or second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
The board said it had received several requests from licensed cannabis dealers to distribute free marijuana in a bid to bolster the vaccination program in Washington. Retailers can advertise gifts, although they still have to adhere to strict advertising requirements that limit the way they can sell their products.
Countries have drastically stepped up incentive programs in an attempt to speed up coronavirus vaccines, although demand has slowed.
About half a dozen states offer lotteries with cash prizes, following the leadership of Ohio, where the governor is. Mike DeWine (R) implemented the first such program with a $ 1 million grand prize. Governor of California Gavin NewsumUnprecedented federal loans flood California state budgets ban on gun attacks issued unconstitutionally by federal judge California state workers union donated M to help Newsom fight recall MORE (D) said last week that his country would give away a total of $ 116 million in prizes, including 15 prizes of $ 50,000 distributed on Friday.
West Virginia distributes $ 100 savings bonds to those under the age of 35 who receive the vaccine. Arkansas will distribute free hunting and fishing licenses, Illinois will distribute 50,000 tickets to Six Flags Parks, and Indiana officials will distribute cookie boxes to the girls. In Delaware, prisoners who receive a coronavirus vaccine can receive special meals or a five-day loan in exchange for their sentences.
New Jersey and Connecticut have announced beer deals for those being photographed, and Anheuser-Busch has promised free beer to anyone over the age of 21 if at least 70 percent of the population is vaccinated by July 4th.
But the United States has a long way to go to maintain free beer. Slightly more than half of Americans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. More than two-thirds of residents in Vermont, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Connecticut and Maine received at least one dose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Less than 40 percent of residents of Tennessee, Idaho, Wyoming, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi received samples.