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Happy 4/20! A Marijuana Activist Is Giving Out Free Joints In Union Square Park Today For Anybody That Got The COVID-19 Vaccine

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NY Post- A longtime marijuana activist has organized an effort to dole out free joints in Union Square Park on 4/20 – the unofficial marijuana holiday – to anyone who shows up with a valid COVID-19 vaccination record card. “Krispy Kreme is giving away donuts [for those with proof of vaccination], the least the medical marijuana movement can do is take a stand up for science,” Dana Beal, the 74-year-old organizer of Tuesday’s “Joints for Jabs” giveaway told The Post Monday.

Tuesday’s event, Beal said, is “our chance to say thank you Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo” — after the governor signed a bill into law last month legalizing the adult-use of recreational marijuana in New York. “I’m sure he didn’t foresee we would be giving out free weed to promote his vaccination effort,” Beal said.

Beal, the founder of the Global Marijuana March and veteran of the Youth International Party known as Yippies, said he and other coordinators will have a sign-up table set up in the Manhattan park between 11 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday. Those who are vaccinated against the coronavirus are welcome to “show up” during that time frame and “we’re gonna’ give them a big parting favor” in the form of some wacky tobbacy, said Beal.

I'm not sure if you guys have read the newspaper recently, but the last year has been pretty tough. Like real tough. Like playing against the Chiefs with the Jets on All Madden tough. 

However the silver lining of this shit year is that we are living in a timeline where some hippie named Dana can give legally away a bunch of weed to people with vaccine cards in a public park, which is the epitome of taking lemons and making lemonade that will get you nice and high on a 70 degree day. It may feel like New York has been catching nothing but L's over the last 365 days. But damn it feels like we've come out on the other side with a W if you can get high in exchange for getting vaxxed.

As is the case with most things in life, there is one snag:

However, bud-seekers “must have proof” of their vaccination status, Beal said, explaining, “If they don’t have proof, we’re gonna’ send them away.”

Yeahhhhhh I'm gonna say giving away a bunch of weed in the middle of New York City and turning away anybody that doesn't have their vaccination card is going to end with hundreds if not thousands of corona'd out New Yorkers (complete with what a imagine will be a hoard of homeless people) looking for a free buzz turning into the seagulls from Finding Nemo.

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All poor Dana wanted was to spread some good vibes on a day made for them but all he'll probably walk away with is a headache along with some arthritis in his rolling fingers. I'm not sure if this is the case because I've been locked in suburbia for the last year, but I imagine the only people that are carrying their vaccine cards are the people that need them because they are doing something fun tonight that requires a vaccine card or the people looking for their daily free Krispy Kreme fix.

As for the vaccinated Stoolies that do have their vaccine cards and will be passing through Union Square Park for a freebie, make sure to burn one down for your old pal Clem and enjoy. You've no doubt earned it.