• Matt Esnayra

Long Beach Residents Can Now Get a Free Joint with a COVID Shot

In an effort to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Long Beach community groups are launching a campaign allowing adults to claim a free marijuana joint when they get vaccinated in an incentive called "Joints for Jabs LBC."

How it works:

The event will occur on Saturday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at a pop-up clinic at North Long Beach's Houghton Park. Vaccinations and tokens will be dispensed to the first 150 Long Beach residents in attendance while supplies last.

  • Participants must be 21 years of age or older to receive a token to be redeemed for a free pre-rolled joint.

  • Children and those under 21 can still be vaccinated at the event, but they will not be eligible for the giveaway.

  • The Healthy Long Beach campaign was created by the Long Beach Collective Association and Long Beach Forward.

Fear and Loathing during a pandemic:

States and cities across America have been offering incentives, like California's "Vax for the Win" lottery program or private companies like Anheuser-Busch to "buy America's next round of beer" campaign to encourage Americans to get vaccinated.

  • Los Angeles County reported 1,113 new coronavirus cases, an uptick of 143% from last week and the biggest one-day increase since March 11.

  • 60% of Los Angeles County residents are fully vaccinated, according to LA Public Health's dashboard.

What they're saying:

Executive Director of Long Beach Forward James Suazo said: "We all want to have a safe summer and enjoy one another's company even as the pandemic continues on and recreation opens up," Mr.Suazo said. "Cannabis is part of our Long Beach culture and to safely share a joint without contributing to the spread of COVID-19, we must all do our part to get vaccinated. With the delta variant becoming the dominant COVID-19 strain in Los Angeles County, we want our unvaccinated neighbors to catch a free marijuana strain instead so we can protect each other."

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