Watch: John Oliver Welcomes 17-Year-Old Newborns To America

You're in for a different kind of buzz this summer if you live in the northeastern United States. "Yes, the cicadas are coming!" John Oliver announced in a YouTube feature for "Last Week Tonight." It's the region's first batch of the new millennium - formerly known as the Willennium, Oliver notes.

In honor of the event, John Oliver decided to update the newborn bugs on what they've missed: "I just want to take a few minutes now to get them up to speed with what's happened in the last 17 years," he said before offering highlights in politics, pop culture and technology. "The Internet no longer screams in agony as you dial into it from your phone line," Oliver quips.

It's also worthwhile to note the huge gains that have been made in marijuana reform in the United States. When these baby cicadas were laid in their underground nests, recreational cannabis use was illegal in all 50 states and only three states (California, Oregon and Maine) had legalized medical marijuana. Now, four states (Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska) and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational use while 24 states have approved medical marijuana, which is important to these bugs as they'll become old and infirm as early as two weeks after they hatch.

Check out Oliver's other quick hits on how the world has changed since 1999:

h/t International Business Times


I've been covering cannabis for nearly five years, and by now I'm all too accustomed to the impersonal cannabis conference at a stuffy, generic hotel or expo hall, brimming with white guys in suits, and generally lacking in the spirit of well, cannabis. (The woes of legalization, I suppose.) So it was a breath of fresh air when I walked into what felt like a giant atrium in downtown LA for a new kind of cannabis conference. Located in what's called the Valentine Grass Room in an industrial area past the hustle and bustle of the DTLA skyscrapers, Microscopes & Machines (M&M) boasted a diverse array of speakers, from doctors and lawyers to chemists and cultivators on the frontlines of the cannabis industry.

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