Spokane cannabis shop to host ‘Joints for Jabs’ vaccine clinic this week

SPOKANE, Wash. — One Spokane cannabis shop is taking advantage of a new program started by Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board. Apex Cannabis is hosting two “Joints for Jobs” vaccine clinics.

The concept is simple: you get a vaccine, you get a free joint. It is one of many incentives the state has started offering to encourage people to get vaccinated.

“It is different. It’s a creative way to hit different parts of the community,” said Breezy Moser, a customer and supporter of Apex’s vaccine clinic. “You’re hitting a different demographic and that’s the draw here. You get a joint, your get your vaccine. All one stop shop and then you go about your day.”

Stacey Peterson is the founder and licensee of Apex Cannabis. She has been advocating for the Joints for Jab program since May.

“I think today with the numbers dwindling I think people are more open-minded to be creative and say what does it take to get this done for our community,” Peterson explained.

Peterson even testified during an Liquor and Cannabis board meeting.

“I thought I have the space in this particular shop to host a vaccination clinic and so I asked them to expedite it,” she said.

The founder believes with the amount of people she reaches on a daily basis — about 500 on a Friday — having this clinic will reach that audience.

“We’re not here to tell everybody that they have to get vaccinated,” Peterson said. “We’re here to make it convenient. We’re here to offer an incentive, encouragement.”

To take advantage of the clinic, you can sign up online or walk-in. A nurse will give you your shot. After, you have to wait 15 minutes.

Peterson said people will get a token proving they got a shot. A budtender will take the token and if you got vaccinated at the clinic, you can pick out any joint you want.

“I want people to get vaccinated. I want to get back to normal. I want society to get back to normal,” Peterson said.

Moser, a long-time customer, said she fully supports the idea.

“I’m glad the cannabis community is getting involved, finally,” she said. “You have the Washington lottery, you have everything else getting involved. Why not the cannabis community? ”

The first clinic will be on June 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On June 18, that clinic will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you pre-register, Peterson is giving people a 25% discount. If you walk in, you get a 15% discount. This is separate from the free joint you get.

When you sign up online, you can choice to get either the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. You must be 21 or older to take advantage of this incentive. If you get Pfizer, you will come back from a second dose.

Those who are already vaccinated cannot take advantage of this incentive.

Cannabis shops can only host clinics until July 12. However, Peterson hopes it will be expanded, depending on the demand.

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