The cannabis wellness and technology firm Jointly announced today that it will reimburse its employees up to $150 per month to support purposeful cannabis consumption under a new wellness benefits program. All cannabis products must be purchased from a legal source to qualify for reimbursement, and employees will also be able to get reimbursed for other traditional wellness-related expenses including gym memberships and yoga classes.
According to a press release, the program “sets a new standard for retaining and attracting top talent” even as record numbers of Americans have resigned or otherwise left their jobs within the last year.
Jointly is a cannabis wellness platform utilizing data from a proprietary, cannabis-focused wellness app to help consumers monitor their cannabis experiences and establish a scientifically calculated cannabis wellness plan. Since launching the app in 2020, its users have logged and tracked more than 200,000 cannabis experiences and conducted reviews for tens of thousands of legal cannabis products, according to the release.
In a statement to Ganjapreneur, Jointly CEO and Co-Founder David Kooi said the company had been working with its tax, accounting, and employment teams on the new wellness benefits program since November. “Ultimately, we could not find reason to believe that reimbursement for lawful cannabis consumption as part of a company wellness benefit is problematic,” he said.
“As a cannabis wellness company helping people reach their full potential through purposeful cannabis consumption, it made perfect sense for Jointly to push forward with this benefit. We encourage other companies to join us. We know purposeful cannabis consumption can be good for your well-being — and happy and healthy employees make for better employees.” — Kooi, in a statement
“This new benefit … provides employees with a budget to pursue better wellbeing, with the option of including purposeful cannabis consumption,” said Jointly Co-Founder and CDO Eric Gutshall. “This first of its kind program is not only aligned with Jointly’s core mission and beliefs but also helps break the stigma and start a new conversation around cannabis and wellness.”
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