When Mayra Flores heard that the Mint Cannabis Dispensary was offering free COVID-19 vaccines this week, she decided to drive from her Peoria home across town to the dispensary’s Mesa location to get vaccinated.
Flores was directed Wednesday afternoon to a small storage building behind the dispensary that was once used as a medical marijuana certification clinic called Dr. Green Certs.
In a small green exam room once used to issue patients medical marijuana cards —before recreational marijuana was legalized in Arizona last year — the shot went in and out of Flores’ left arm.
The dispensary is partnering with Commerce Medical Group this week to offer free, onsite vaccinations at its three Phoenix-area locations.
Those who are vaccinated at the clinics and are 21 years of age or older can receive a free pre-rolled joint and an edible cannabis gummy, an initiative the dispensary calls “Snax for Vaxx.”
The Mint is known for its grandiose publicity initiatives surrounding cannabis. On Friday, in celebration of National Doughnut Day, it will reportedly sell a doughnut containing 3,000 milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive element of cannabis. The doughnut contains roughly 300 doses of a 10-milligram edible.