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Hundreds of weed-lovers turned out to Union Square Park on Tuesday to score free joints at an event offering the newly legal drug to New Yorkers who’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine.
Any adult aged 21 and over was able to snag a pre-rolled doobie at the 4/20 “Joints for Jabs” event — as long as they showed a valid coronavirus vaccination record card.
“I’m very pleased by the turnout. There’s plenty for everyone,” marijuana activist Todd Hinden, 55, who wore a green suit and top hat with weed leaves depicted on it, said as he doled out the joints.
Hinden explained, “The reason why we’re doing this is so people get vaccinated, but we’re also trying to get people to be aware of the cannabis situation in New York.
“We’re trying to get the federal government to get cannabis off the Controlled Substances Act, which means that we can put our money in the bank, we can buy, sell, grow cannabis at any format and not have to worry about the federal government putting people in prison,” he said.
By noon, more than 500 joints packed with the indica strain “Rogue River” were given away — and organizers expected to hand out a total of 3,000 by the end of the event at 4:20 p.m.
Bud-seekers, ranging from college kids to those in their 70s, waited in a lengthy line that spilled out of the park to get some gratis grass on the unofficial marijuana holiday.
“When I heard about this, I said, ‘I’m going,’” said Dolly Springer, 62, of The Bronx. “It was a great crowd, a great way to bring awareness that legalizing marijuana is not a bad thing.”
A couple of vacationers from Florida were also in the queue.
“We are from Florida, and when we heard about this we just had to come out,” said Camilia Henderson, 59, who was in line with her husband. “I see the police are here and nobody’s getting arrested, so I guess it’s alright.”
NYU student Michaela Frischner, 21, said she found out about the event through an Instagram post.
“You can find every kind of person in this line I feel like, and I think it’s dope,” said Frischner who got her second coronavirus vaccine dose last week.
“I think it’s great,” she said. “Everyone is just celebrating.”
Last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill legalizing the adult-use of recreational marijuana in New York.
Under the new law, New Yorkers are legally allowed to possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis outside the home — and can smoke it in public where smoking tobacco is permitted.
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