The latest data from the U.S. CDC indicates that approximately one-third of all adults in the country have received full vaccination against COVID-19. As the statistics of doses administered on a daily basis start dropping, health officials have turned their focus upon individuals who express hesitation to get the jab.
Smaller vaccination centers are mushrooming in a number of unexpected places, such as at strip clubs, to lure more people to get vaccinated. At the same time, people are being given different incentives to encourage them to get vaccinated. Incentives include savings bonds, cash and, in some cases, even booze.
One particular perk — free cannabis for those who have been vaccinated — has turned out to be a master stroke given the enthusiastic response it has generated among those in support of marijuana across the nation.
DCMJ, a pro-cannabis law reform group based in Washington, DC., started this trend by announcing in January this year that it was launching a campaign, dubbed “Joints for Jabs,” the provided free cannabis as a reward for every person who got vaccinated when the country rolled out its inoculation program.
The policy reform outfit says so far it has handed out in excess of 10,000 joints at several events organized outside vaccination locations in the nation’s capital. Those giveaways were an instant hit not just among people passing by but also among the staff vaccinating those who show up for the jab.
Adam Eidinger, co-founder of DCMJ, says he overheard a staff member who was vaccinating people telling individuals to step out and receive a free joint. This was after those inside the vaccination center had heard about the campaign outside.
It wasn’t long before DCMJ’s work in Washington caught on in New York, and NYMJ (a sister advocacy group to DCMJ) teamed up with DCMJ to stage similar campaigns when the 4/20 cannabis holiday came round.
On that day, Union Square in New York hosted a major event by NYMJ, and approximately 4,000 cannabis joints were handed out. On the same day, DCMJ also had events at 35 venues in Washington, DC, at which big giveaways were held.
Volunteers rolled all the cannabis that was given away in New York and they followed strict safety protocols to prevent the spread of infections, including COVID-19. The measures included wearing gloves and masks as well as avoiding licking the papers in which the cannabis was rolled. The campaigners say all the cannabis handed out was donated by people growing marijuana at home since existing laws made it hard for licensed marijuana companies to donate weed.
Some registered firms, such as Arizona-based the Mint dispensaries, have also found ways to hand out cannabis to vaccinated individuals who visit their stores. People qualifie for this perk by presenting their vaccination cards.
The proprietors of these companies hope the recipients see the perk as a reward and not an inducement to get vaccinated.
The foregoing shows that players in the cannabis sector are doing what they can to support the COVID-19 immunization drive, thereby adding to the other benefits such as employment opportunities that entities such as Sonoma Biologics Corp. bring to the jurisdictions where they operate.
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