Would You Get Vaccinated for…A Free Joint?

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There’s been much discussion about the various vaccine incentives across the country, from free Yankees tickets in New York to a $1 million lottery in Ohio, and free donuts just about everywhere. Now, though, Washington State has come up with perhaps the most outré yet: a free marijuana joint, claimable when you get your COVID-19 vaccination.

The promotion—which, perfectly enough, is called “Joints for Jabs”—will begin immediately and run through July 12, allowing weed retailers to provide customers who are 21 or older with a pre-rolled joint at their stores when they receive their first or second dose at an active vaccine clinic. (The promotion only applies to joints, not edibles, which is perhaps for the best; I can’t think of a worse place for edible paranoia to hit than a vaccine clinic staffed by members of the U.S. Army.)

Vaccine incentives have only become more creative since vaccination rates began to decline in recent weeks, and while Washington’s might seem bizarre given the U.S. government’s history of aggressive anti-drug policy, it makes a weird kind of sense. Weed has, after all, been fully legalized in 17 states including Washington, New York, Illinois, and Arizona. Why not take advantage of that relatively recent change to get shots in arms?

Washington State already boasts a 48.9% vaccination rate, one of the highest in the country, so at this point, it seems well worth it to use weed as a sweetener. If all it leads to is a whole lot of Washingtonians cavorting in public parks, high and vaxxed to the max, what’s the harm? I got my vaccine months ago, but I’d be lying if I said that part of me didn’t wish I’d been handed a discreet little joint along with my vaccination card.

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