If you’re looking at recent stories based on federal data, the Joints for Jabs program isn’t even really necessary.
SHIFTWa and others report that the federal government “praised” Washington state on Monday for meeting the 70% threshold for residents receiving at least the first of two sets of some kind of COVID vaccine.
Yet state data shows it is only 64%. This is important because Governor Inslee has promised that the state will “reopen” either on June 30 or when we have reached a 70% immunization level.
Washington State Senator Phil Fortunato, who briefly ran for governor in 2020 before losing in the primaries and then backing Culp, said on AM 770 KTTH radio in Seattle he considers the Joints for Jabs program as “idiot.“
Joints For Jabs is offering anyone 21 years of age and over a free pre-rolled jar cigarette if they get vaccinated at a clinic or vaccination event at a licensed jar store.
Fortunato told KTTH:
“I think it’s silly. We are moving away from a medical reason for doing this and now you can win the lottery, you can win a million dollars, you can get free alcohol, you can get free weed ”,
He also said it was an example of government overbreadth. He also said he did not know where they got permission to distribute free cigarettes.
The program lasts until July 12 and is only valid at officially licensed pot stores (like there’s another!) And only for ages 21 and over.
It’s the latest in a series of benefits that many GOP officials, including Rep. Skyler Rude, are calling “bribes“to get people to get vaccinated.
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