Washington State’s New Program Gives An Insane Reward For Receiving COVID-19 Vaccinations

A new program is rolling out in Washington state that is leaving some people a little confused. State officials are calling the new program ” Joints for Jabs,” but the public has created their own name for the program: Poke and Toke.

Approved earlier this week, the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) announced a new program to let the state-licensed marijuana retailers “provide one joint to adult consumers who receive COVID-19 vaccination at an in-store vaccination clinic.”

This past week, the officials of Washington state announced that they have surpassed their goal of hitting at least a 70% vaccination rate for adult residents, which Jay Inslee, Democratic Governor of Washington state, stated would allow the removal of the vast majority of COVID-19 restrictions.

The program itself has quite a few rules though, such as:

  • Any cannabis joint provided to a customer must be associated with an active vaccine clinic event at the retail location.
  • Any cannabis joint provided to a customer must be associated with an active vaccine clinic event at the retail location.
  • Only one complimentary joint may be provided to a customer who receives a first or second COVID-19 vaccine dose at the event.
  • Receipt of the complimentary joint must occur during the same visit as receiving the vaccination, and may not be delayed, postponed, or otherwise acquired at a later date or time.
  • Retailers may only provide the complementary joint to persons 21 years of age and older.
  • Any vaccine clinic held inside a licensed retail location must comply with all age restriction requirements for the cannabis retailer.
  • The cannabis joint must be provided by a retailer, and not a producer or processor.
  • The retailer must purchase the product at wholesale from a licensed producer or processor.
  • The retailer may provide the cannabis joint without having to conduct a retail sale of the product. As no sale occurs, the provided product will not be subject to sales and excise tax for the retail licensee.
  • Licensees are required to maintain records of all products provided as part of this allowance.
  • Advertising of vaccine clinics and one complimentary joint for those receiving a first or second COVID-19 vaccine will be allowable during the afforded time period, so long as licensees maintain compliance with all other advertising regulations.
  • This allowance does not supersede any state or local health rules and regulations, and licensees must ensure compliance with local heath jurisdiction rules and regulations associated with such clinics.
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