With plenty of debate surrounding the recent COVID-19 vaccine, pro-vaccine advocates have opted for a somewhat unusual incentive. Recently, the organization DC Marijuana Justice announced that they would provide a free bag of marijuana to anyone who received the vaccine. The incentive will be offered at vaccine clinics in Washington D.C. in the near future. This movement, called Joints for Jabs, will highlight a nationwide desire for cannabis policy reform while simultaneously stressing the importance of being vaccinated.
In a press release, Nikolas Schiller, a co-founder of DCMJ, stated, “We are looking for ways to safely celebrate the end of the pandemic and we know nothing brings people together like cannabis.”
After the challenging year of 2020, DCMJ hopes that this incentive will celebrate the beginning of a new year and hopefully provoke an end to the current pandemic. While certain demographics of the United States population are being vaccinated, local marijuana growers are expected to begin distributing free bags of cannabis once the vaccine becomes available to the general public. The Department of Health has not yet released vaccination sites; however, DCMJ claims that they will release the information to the public as soon as they are told.
Preparations for Joints for Jabs have already begun with local marijuana growers pledging nearly 3 pounds of product for the cause. DCMJ hopes to accumulate 5 pounds by the time vaccine sites become public. Marijuana will be distributed as loose flowers, rather than as pre-rolled joints. Past experiences have proven that handing out joints can cause violations of city laws as well as recently vaccinated individuals smoking on sites.
DCMJ was created in the year 2013 and has been committed to the cause of nationwide marijuana legalization ever since. Currently, the organization is advocating for the passage of the MORE Act by the Senate. The passage of this bill would federally legalize cannabis and hopefully begin 2021 with a great start. The group has promoted this bill to former presidents Obama and Trump in the past and now hopes that President Biden will make the necessary change.
The nation’s capital is not the only state offering free cannabis for the vaccine. It has recently been announced that two marijuana dispensaries in Michigan have promised to provide recently vaccinated adults with free bags of cannabis. This campaign, called Pot for Shots, aims at promoting Michigan as a state that has legalized recreational marijuana and provoking more individuals to become vaccinated. Greenhouse of Walled Lake in Michigan has an ongoing deal from January 22nd to February 28th for anyone of the age 21 and over who can provide legal documentation proof of their vaccine.
As of right now, it seems that Michigan and Washington D.C. are the only two states providing free cannabis for the covid 19 vaccine. Here is a list of states where recreational use of
marijuana is currently legal:
- Washington D.C.
- New Jersey
- South Dakota
The efforts made by marijuana advocates in Michigan and Washington D.C. will hopefully inspire other states to take action and provide the same incentive to individuals who receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Department of Health, as well as other health officials, are currently working towards maintaining herd immunity, a belief that if enough of the population becomes vaccinated, the spread of COVID-19 might be slowed. Waiting a longer period of time could result in the current strain of the virus becoming mutated and reduce the vaccine’s effectiveness.
In a recent survey, it has been discovered that less than half of the United States population claimed that they would get the vaccine when it becomes public. As elderly individuals and frontline healthcare workers are being vaccinated, it is crucial that more individuals decide to receive the vaccine. Offering free marijuana for vaccine could just be the motivation that many people need to look past government distrust. If you reside in Michigan or Washington D.C., be sure to take advantage of the free marijuana for vaccine incentive, as it will not last long.