As the state of Utah gets set to vote on medical marijuana in a few weeks, one state politician is challenging his colleagues to better understand the issue by getting stoned.
Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis said that his legislative colleagues needed to try marijuana at least once before they get set to vote on it in the next few weeks. And Dabakis decided to take the lead by traveling to Nevada, where recreational marijuana is legal, and trying cannabis for the first time. He even filmed himself doing so.
Dabakis said the idea hit him when he looked around the state legislature and realized probably none of the members had ever used marijuana. He wanted to try it himself to show his fellow members that cannabis isn't this dangerous drug that will destroy people's lives, and hopefully convince others to vote for it.
Utah is set to vote on a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in two weeks. However, state lawmakers and interest groups have put together a compromise bill that will legalize medicinal cannabis regardless of whether or not the ballot initiative passes. But whether or not the state's medical marijuana program will be super restrictive or liberal will be determined by lawmakers like Dabakis.
By the way, Dabakis said the edible was a little bitter so he probably won't do it again.