Finley dispensary creates vaccine incentive program, separate from state’s
FINLEY, Wash. – Green 2 Go in Finley, just outside of Kennewick, has created their own vaccine incentive program, separate from Washington state’s ‘Joints for Jabs.’
“Man, it’s certainly been an interesting year for Green 2 Go,” General Manager Jillian Klym said.
And, things are only getting more interesting for licensed cannabis retailers across the state.
The Liquor and Cannabis Board recently announced these facilities can host COVID-19 clinics and in return, offer free joints.
However, Green 2 Go in Finley, has had their own program, for quite some time.
“Employees get a $100 bonus for each shot they receive, customers, if they bring in their vaccination card, and are loyalty members, they can get $10 off a purchase of $20 or more per each shot, so limit two per customer,” Klym said.
General Manager of the Finely location Jillian Klym said with permission, they were the first in Washington state to offer this kind of vaccine incentive.
In July, they’ll host a vaccine clinic in their parking lot, offering the same incentives.
“The Benton Franklin Health Department will be putting it on and that’s just all about accessibility, we want to make it easy for folks to get this remarkable vaccine,” she said.
This is separate from the state’s Joints for Jabs program, something dispensaries statewide have been excited about, but feel they weren’t given enough time to prepare.
It can only be offered from June 7th through July 12th.
“We applaud the efforts and initiative but there are challenges on our end and the idea was executed very quickly,” Jim Mullen with the Washington CannaBusiness Association said.
Mullen who also owns a licensed cannabis shop, said many retailers don’t have the space to host a vaccine clinic or the time to coordinate one in the time frame.
He said some providers have also been nervous about losing federal funding if they were to conduct a clinic, since marijuana use is only legal through state regulations.
“We are left scrambling to put the pieces of the puzzle together, when they look at the foot print of their store they’re like wow where are we going to be able to set up?” he said.
Mullen testified before the Washington LCB, asking for an extension and more guidelines on how cannabis retailers can safely conduct a clinic.
In the mean time, Green 2 Go in Finley will continue ‘Herb Immunity’ and hope for a return to normalcy.
“Been a really positive program for us employees and customers have been very grateful,” Jillian said.
Their vaccine clinic will be on July 10th during operating hours, starting at 9 AM. Officials with the Benton Franklin Health District will be on site to conduct vaccine distribution.
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