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Red tape bungles ‘Joints for Jabs’ rollout in Washington

Washington state’s “Joint for Jabs” program is off to a rocky start.

On Monday, state officials announced that licensed cannabis retailers could host on-site vaccine clinics and offer a single pre-rolled joint to anyone 21 and older in return for getting vaccinated.

But with cannabis still illegal under U.S. federal law, the program is having a hard time getting established.

According to the Associated Press, only a handful of the state’s nearly 500 licensed retailers are willing to participate.

At a meeting with Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board on Wednesday, retailers voiced concern about a lack of space to operate vaccine clinics while some health care providers reported they fear their federal funding could dry up if they get involved in the program.

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