OLYMPIA, Wash. - First, it was free beer. Then, it was the chance for cash and loads of other prizes. Now, it's "Joints for Jabs."
Licensed marijuana dispensaries in Washington state can now offer free joints to promote on-site COVID-19 vaccine clinics.
The state Liquor and Cannabis Board says licensed adult-use marijuana retail shops can give away a single pre-rolled joint to anyone over 21 who gets a shot at an on-site vaccine clinic between June 7 and July 12.
The board has already 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 include several cash drawings up to $1 million, along with hundreds of other lottery prizes.
The idea is to persuade more people to become vaccinated, helping Washington to fully reopen more quickly.
Gov. Jay Inslee said he will lift all COVID-related restrictions by June 30 or when 70% of those over 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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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