The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) on Monday approved a “Joints for Jabs” program that will allow adult-use cannabis retailers to give away a single pre-roll to anyone 21-and-older who gets a coronavirus vaccine at clinics held at cannabis retailers this week.
The agency indicated that “no other product may be provided as part” of the program, which applies to individuals that are receiving either their first or second dose of the vaccine.
In a press release announcing the approval, the LCB said it would allow retailers to advertise the Joints for Jabs program “so long as licensees maintain compliance with all other advertising regulations.” It noted that regulators have already “provided dozens of allowances for alcohol and cannabis licensees throughout the COVID pandemic in an effort to support businesses during the restriction period and to support the vaccine effort.”
Most recently, the Washington LCB said, it provided an allowance for a free beer, wine, or cocktail to be given to those vaccinated by June 30.
While the free products will not be subject to state and local taxes, retailers are required to maintain all records associated with the giveaway, including seed-to-sale tracking requirements.
Throughout the U.S., cannabis activists and retailers have offered promotions to individuals who receive the coronavirus vaccine. In January, Michigan’s Greenhouse of Walled Lake dispensary announced a “Pot for Shots” campaign which offered a free pre-roll through February to anyone who provides proof they received a vaccine.
Activists D.C. Marijuana Justice (DCMJ) in January announced their own plan to give away cannabis and seeds at vaccination centers throughout Washington, D.C.
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