Sumary of Washington’s ‘joints for jabs’ COVID-19 vaccine program falling flat:
- SEATTLE – It was designed as an innovative way to promote COVID-19 vaccinations, but Washington new “joints for jabs”.
- Officials announced Monday that the state’s nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin hosting vaccine clinics and offering a single, free pre-rolled marijuana cigarette to any 21-plus adult who received a shot there..
- Washington and Colorado in 2012 were the first states to legalize the adult use of marijuana, with regulated sales beginning in 2014..
- But few things are simple in an industry that’s illegal under federal law, and the hurdles to offering the free joints are substantial enough that few of the state’s legal pot shops are saying they will participate, even if they would like to do so..
- Retailers told the state Liquor and Cannabis Board during a meeting Wednesday that many don’t have the space to host a vaccine clinic..
- Some health care providers are queasy about setting up a clinic on the site of a marijuana business because they don’t want to jeopardize federal funding by being involved in the distribution of an illegal drug..
- The retailers also ruefully noted that the Liquor and Cannabis Board allowed breweries, wineries and bars to offer a free drink to customers who merely showed proof of vaccination — no onsite clinic required..
- Board chair David Postman told them it was a member of the business group who late last month suggested the program, which he and Gov….