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It may sound like a doobie-ous plan — but it’s now totally legal.
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.
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.”
There will be enough doobies on hand for anyone who wants one, said Beal.
“I was rolling [the joints] last night,” Beal said. “People had to roll these joints with love.”
And if anyone misses Tuesday’s event, there will be a similar one held on May 1 at the city’s Cannabis Parade.
“We’re going to have thousands of joints for both events,” Beal said.
All of the marijuana sourced for the “Joints for Jabs” event is weed that’s “past the expiration date” and “can’t be sold anymore,” said Beal who insisted that it is still “perfectly good” and “excellent” cannabis.
Beal, who has previously been imprisoned on pot-trafficking charges, is able to legally hand out joints in the Big Apple thanks to New York’s new marijuana law.
Under the legislation, signed into law by Cuomo on Mar. 31, 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.
“Under the new law, a person over the age of 21 can legally hand out up to 3 ounces of cannabis in public to anyone over the age of 21,” Mark Bederow, a criminal defense lawyer and former Manhattan prosecutor, explained.
“Smoking cannabis in a New York City park would be prohibited the same as smoking cigarettes. So if this guy is over 21 and wants to stand in a park or on a public sidewalk and hand out joints to anyone over 21, New York legislators have given him and others the green light to do so,” Bederow said.
“The NYPD and DA are essentially powerless to do anything about it if everyone appears to be of age,” he said.
Additional reporting by Rebecca Rosenberg
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