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One lucky Michigander could win free cannabis for a whole year

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State-based dispensary launches sweepstakes that include 24 others winning a 10-gram joint

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For marijuana-loving Michiganders who think free weed for a year is nothing short of a dream, a cannabis dispensary in the Wolverine state is looking for a lucky someone to tuck in and send nighty-night.

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The snuggly reverie is thanks to Skymint Premium Cannabis, a pot shop chain headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich. whose website notes it is in the business because of “the love of cannabis and what it can do for us, our friends, our families, our communities and the world.”

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The company launched a sweepstakes this week, with the grand prize, chosen at random, being a US$500 ($670) in-store credit that runs from Jan. 31, 2023 to Jan. 31, 2024, according to WLNS. No purchase is necessary.

How to access the stash

Those wanting to enter have a few options, the station reports, namely: filling out an entry form online at Skymint.com/FreeWeed, following Skymint on Instagram at @SkymintOfficial and using the “Free Weed” code with any online order.

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The last option reportedly can be done as many times as a person likes. Using the code means buyers “will receive an extra entry!” it notes.

The company will be accepting entries into the sweepstakes from Jan. 17 through Jan. 30, according to WZZM 13. Remember, entrants need to be 21 or older to enter, in line with state law around recreational cannabis.

Lucky losers have a shot at BIG A$$ joints

Those not lucky enough to win a worry-free, weed supply for the upcoming year, though, will have some other chances to score a bit of free smoke. Twenty-four fortunate few will receive a “giant, 10-gram joint” as part of a random draw.

In advance of 4/20 last year, Skymint released its “BIG A$$” joint, a cheekily (yet still accurately) named 10-inch (25 centimetre) fatty offering “10 grams of cheer.”

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Consider a BIG A$$ joint with a BIG A$$ holiday meal. / Photo by Twitter

Skymint — which provides in-store shopping, online ordering, curbside pickup and delivery in select locations — currently has 24 cannabis stores open across the state, with “more locations opening soon.”

Free weed used for many different, high-minded purposes

True, it’s not the first time that free bud has been on offer, a tack that has certainly been employed in past as part of job searches, educational efforts, harm reduction and scientific studies.

Last spring, for example, cannabis accessory brand Sesh reported it was looking to hire writers, photographers, videographers, streamers and social media influencers. Those securing new roles, the company reported at the time, were to receive free cannabis products, among other perks.

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On the educational front, also last May, Thailand announced it would be distributing 1 million cannabis plants in advance of new rules on June 9, 2022 that allowed citizens to grow cannabis at home for personal medicinal purposes.

With regards to studying cannabis, researchers in South Africa announced this past November that they were looking to enrol 300 subjects in a trial exploring how effective cannabis is compared to opioids when treating chronic pain. Participants reportedly will be provided with a year’s worth of cannabis medication for free.

Recreational cannabis became legal in Michigan in late 2018, with legal sales for adults 21 and older kicking off a little more than a year later. As it stands, there is no penalty for possessing 71 grams of cannabis in public and having 283 grams in the home, per the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

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