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Washington state approves offering free marijuana joints to those getting COVID vaccine

FILE - In this April 20, 2016, file photo, a man smokes a marijuana joint at a party celebrating weed in Seattle. More than five years after Washington state legalized marijuana, Seattle officials said Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, they're moving to automatically clear past misdemeanor convictions for pot possession - a step similarly announced by San Francisco last week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File via CNN)

(CNN) — Add free weed to the list of incentives being offered to people to encourage them to get vaccinated against COVID.

Officials at the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) on Monday gave state licensed cannabis retailers permission to offer one pre-rolled marijuana joint “to adult consumers who receive a vaccination at an in-store vaccination clinic.”

The promotion, which LCB calls “Joints for Jabs,” aims to promote and support the state’s vaccination efforts, according to LCB’s news release. They added that they received multiple requests from cannabis retail licensees to help in the efforts.

The promotion is offered to adults 21 and older, and will end on July 12.

The news comes just a few weeks after LCB announced a different incentive offering those who got vaccinated free beer, wine and cocktails.

Across the US, many have been offering incentives ranging from free donuts to baseball game tickets to encourage people to get vaccinated as more states try to reach their vaccination goal.

In Washington, 48.7% of the state’s residents are fully vaccinated, according to data from CNN’s vaccine tracker. The state’s goal is to hit 70%, according to the state’s health department.

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