A Utah lawmaker tried marijuana for the first time and said others should give it a try before telling anti-marijuana advocates to 'mellow out'

Jim Dabakis/FacebookJim Dabakis trying marijuana for the first time.
  • Utah Democratic State Sen. Jim Debakis travelled to Las Vegas, Nevada, where marijuana is legal, to film himself trying the drug for the first time.
  • He decided to try the drug before the state’s vote on a proposal to legalise medical marijuana.
  • Dabakis, who is not seeing re-election next month, said marijuana is “no big deal.”

A Utah lawmaker tried marijuana for the first time ahead of the state’s vote on a proposal to legalise the drug for medicinal purposes – and he said it’s “no big deal.”

Democratic State Sen. Jim Dabakis travelled to Las Vegas, Nevada, where marijuana is legal, to film himself trying the drug for the first time.

“I thought it was about time that at least one legislator knew a little bit about marijuana before we changed all the laws,” he said as he showed off a $US30 packed of cannabis gummies, an edible form of the drug.

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Dabakis, who is not seeing re-election next month, told his Facebook followers his reactions to tasting the gummy, which he ate half of on video.

“I wouldn’t recommend it as a sheer candy,” he said. “It’s a little bit bitter.”

Dabakis’ first video ended with him promising to later share his experience and his feelings about marijuana.

He shared a second video two days later after retiring to Utah.

“I wouldn’t suggest shooting up marijuana to anybody,” he said. “But I’ll tell you: I think it’s a lot of ho-hum. I think the ‘Reefer Madness’ crowd, guys, you need to try it. It’s not that big a deal.”

He later told The Salt Lake Tribune that his comment about “shooting up” was a joke.

Dabakis told his followers that the felt “a little high” and urged everyone to “mellow out” on the issue of marijuana.

“I think, maybe nobody [in the Utah Senate] has ever smoked marijuana,” Dabakis said. “I think if the legislature would actually try it they would find it and realise this is no big deal, and at least let those who are suffering have the help that they need.”

Utah’s medical marijuana initiative, Proposition 2, would legalise medical marijuana in the state for individuals with qualifying conditions.

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