California pot dispensary offering COVID vaccine incentives – Los Angeles Times


Add cheap weed to California’s growing list of vaccination incentives.

A Contra Costa County cannabis dispensary is offering select products for a penny to anyone with a valid COVID-19 vaccine card.

7 Stars Holistic Healing Center, located in Richmond, said the promotion is an effort to “decrease COVID-19 infections in our region” and to support the county’s efforts for equitable vaccine distribution.

“We wanted to offer our platform to help the state achieve their goal of immunity against COVID-19,” 7 Stars Executive Director Zee Handoush said in a statement. “We saw other local businesses offering vaccine incentives, and we wanted to add cannabis to that growing list. We hope other members of the cannabis community to do the same.”

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The effort comes amid slowing vaccination numbers in California. During the week ending June 6, the state administered an average of about 129,000 doses per day, compared with about 284,000 per day during the same week the month prior, according to state data.

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom drew winners of the first cash prizes in California’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery, which will give away $116.5 million to randomly selected vaccinated residents.

“Incentives have long worked, and incentives are indeed what we are advancing here today,” Newsom said during the June 4 drawing, which took place on a set designed to look like a game show.

Currently, about 56% of Californians have received at least one dose,

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