At the women-owned cannabis dispensary, Greenhouse Wellness, in Ellicott City a new “joints for jabs” program allows Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission patients to purchase one pre-rolled joint for a penny with proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
The “joints for jabs” program at Greenhouse Wellness starts June 15 and will continue until the end of July.
“We wholeheartedly believe in science. We believe in wanting the best health for all of our patients,” said Gina Dubbé, one of the founders. Dr. Leslie Apgar is the other founder. “They [Greenhouse Wellness patients] are interested in being healthy and we believe that the vaccine is a way to maintain health.”
The rate of vaccination in the United States has slowed since April causing states and companies alike to launch creative incentive programs that gave out things like free beer or free childcare while getting vaccinated. According to federal data, after a slow start, Maryland now ranks high in vaccinations with 44.2% of its population being fully immunized and 72.2% with at least one dose.
“Joints for jabs” programs have cropped up around the country including Washington, D.C., where the advocacy group DC Marijuana Justice gave away over 4,200 joints at 35 locations to vaccinated individuals on April 20. Many were newly vaccinated, according to DCMJ co-founder Nikolas Schiller.
Since then, programs in New York City, Washington state, and Arizona have introduced similar programs. With over 120,000 MMCC patients in Maryland and over 8,700 in Howard County, Greenhouse Wellness’s decision has the potential to increase the amount of vaccinated adults in the state.