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A worker cleans a display case at the Ganja Goddess Cannabis Store in Seattle, on Dec. 7, 2015. Washington state officials announced on June 7, 2021, that the state's nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics and offering a single, free pre-rolled marijuana cigarette to any adult over 21 who receives a shot on-site.
A worker cleans a display case at the Ganja Goddess Cannabis Store in Seattle, on Dec. 7, 2015. Washington state officials announced on June 7, 2021, that the state's nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics and offering a single, free pre-rolled marijuana cigarette to any adult over 21 who receives a shot on-site. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

SEATTLE — Washington state’s new “joints for jabs” vaccination incentive program is off to a rough start.

Seeking to get more people to get the coronavirus shots, officials announced this week that the state’s nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin hosting vaccine clinics and offering a single, free pre-rolled marijuana cigarette to those who get a shot.

But cannabis retailers say many of them don’t have the space to host clinics. And some health care providers are uneasy about setting up a clinic on the site of a marijuana business.

The pot retailers also complain that they have to have an onsite clinic while the state allows breweries and wineries to give away drinks to customers who merely show proof of vaccination — no onsite clinic required.

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