Joints for Jabs: California Vaccine Pop-up Lures People with Free Weed

Organizations in Long Beach, California may have finally figured out a creative way to convince reluctant residents to get a COVID-19 vaccination: How does a free joint sound?

To promote equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and promote safe practices for Long Beach residents, a group of organizations joined forces to launch Joints for Jabs LBC, a one-day-only pop-up vaccine clinic, giving away a free pre-rolled joint to those who take the plunge and get poked. 

According to a press release, local organizations joined the Healthy Long Beach campaign in partnership with the Long Beach Collective Association (LBCA) to legally distribute tokens redeemable for one free pre-rolled joint, good only on one day.

Many other “Joints for Jabs” events took place, including one in Union Square Park in New York City last May. Another program approved by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board on June 7 gave state-licensed cannabis retailers permission to offer one pre-rolled joint in exchange for a vaccination. In Arizona, a dispensary awarded free edibles to customers who received a vaccine.

Last January, Long Beach Forward launched the Healthy Long Beach campaign using door-to-door and direct outreach to spread awareness about COVID-19 resources and promote equitable vaccination practices. The campaign has

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