Pot ‘virgin’ politician eats edible to see what all the fuss is
A Utah Democrat recorded himself gobbling a marijuana-laced gummy bear for the very first time ahead of a crucial vote there over the legalization medical marijuana.
State Sen. Jim Dabakis, a Democrat who represents District 2, traveled to Las Vegas over the weekend and visited a marijuana dispensary to pick up the candy.
“We’re looking at major changes in Utah laws. At least one legislator ought to see what this thing is all about,” he said.
The pol, an admitted pot “virgin,” dropped $30 of his own cash on a bag of tangerine gummy bears from NuLeaf Marijuana Dispensary.
Then, he posted live video of himself taking a taste on Facebook.
“As great sacrifice, without any taxpayers’ dollars, I decided to come to Las Vegas and see what the whole folderol was about,” Dabakis, dressed in a Red Sox tee-shirt, said. He then joked, “I have to admit somewhat shyly I have never tasted, smoked, eaten, shot up marijuana in my life.”
The quirky Dem, who was elected to the Senate in 2012, used his teeth to open the childproof baggie, cracking, “It’s not easy to open. I don’t think we have to worry about kids getting into it.”
He then took out one gummy, split it in half and took a bite.
“I wouldn’t recommend it as a sheer candy. It’s a little bitter,” he said.
Dabakis said he had a driver to take him to his hotel room, where he planned to veg out while the effects of the gummy kicked in.
Two days later, he reported on his first high in another Facebook video. He said the hype behind getting high was “ho-hum” and “not that big a deal” — a hint at how he might vote on the controversial legislation next month.
“I felt a little high, you know, a little bit OK, but it didn’t change my life,” Dabakis said. “It wasn’t like ahhh! So, everybody, mellow out. Recognize that this is nothing to be afraid of ‘cause the people that are terrified by it seem to be the people who have never tried it.”
Next month, Dabakis and his colleagues will vote on the Utah Medical Cannabis Act, known as Proposition 2, which would allow qualifying patients to get medical marijuana, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.