States hope free joints, raceway drives spark vaccination rate uptick


Marijuana activists handed out free joints to vaccinated New Yorkers on April 20, 2021 in New York City. Washington state authorized similar programs in early June.

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As Covid vaccination rates flatline or drop across the country, public and private concerns are increasingly turning to incentives — from free doughnuts to million-dollar payouts, and even marijuana cigarettes or a spin around a NASCAR track — in an effort to convince Americans to get immunized.

On Monday, Washington state’s alcohol and cannabis board launched its “Joints for Jabs” program authorizing marijuana dispensaries to give a free joint to any resident who gets vaccinated through…


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