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US state offers free cannabis as vaccine incentive to up rates

Nicknamed ‘Joints for Jabs,’ the effort gives out pre-rolled joints to those over 21 who get a vaccine shot

Update : 08 Jun 2021, 04:45 PM

In the US state of Washington, licensed cannabis shops have been given permission to offer free joints as an incentive to get a Covid-19 vaccination.

US states have been offering promotions and bundles to encourage people to get vaccinations as vaccination rates have started to dwindle across the country, according to the Telegraph.

This incentive nicknamed “Joints for Jabs” is one of a cluster of creative incentives by governors, health officials, and community leaders to increase vaccination rates.

The local drug and alcohol licensing board said the effort can give away a single pre-rolled joint to anyone over 21 who gets a shot at an on-site vaccine clinic by July 12. 

Other incentives being offered in Washington include sports tickets and prize money up to $1 million.

Arizona announced a similar cannabis campaign for Covid-19 shots, providing free marijuana joints or gummy edibles to vaccinated people aged 21 and above.

Similarly, last month, Ohio revealed a lottery prize draw to incentivize people to get vaccinated — offering a weekly $1 million jackpot to overcome shot hesitancies. 

Among other prizes, the state of Ohio also offered five fully-funded four-year scholarships to an Ohio public university.

A month ago, New Jersey announced free beer for those getting vaccinated.

These efforts are not the only ones around the world: China increased its uptake of domestic rollout by offering incentives and promotions as well.

Chinese social media users reported authorities offering free commodities such as groceries like cartons of eggs, laundry detergent, bags of rice, and toilet paper. 

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