Utah senator tries a gummy bear ahead of Prop. 2 vote

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker drove to Las Vegas and tried marijuana for the first time ahead of an upcoming vote on a proposition that would legalize its use in his state for individuals with qualifying medical conditions.

Salt Lake City CBS affiliate KUTV-TV reported Utah Democratic state Sen. Jim Dabakis wanted to try cannabis before the vote.

Dabakis selected an edible gummy bear for the test, saying legislators should at least try cannabis before it’s up for vote next month.

In this Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 photo medicated High Chew edibles are shown on display and offered for sale at the cannabis-themed Kushstock Festival at Adelanto, Calif. Utah lawmaker Sen. Jim Dabakis tried a gummy bear for the first time ahead of an upcoming vote on Proposition 2, saying legislators should at least try marijuana before it’s up for vote next month. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Dabakis, of Salt Lake City Democrat who represents the state’s 2nd senate district, said in a Facebook video in front of a dispensary that it’s “not a big deal.”

“I wouldn’t recommend it as sheer candy,” he added. “It’s kind of bitter.”

Many lawmakers have said they don’t support Proposition 2, but others have said they would support a medical cannabis compromise that’s set to be discussed in a special legislative session.

“It dawned on me (last) Wednesday on the floor of the Senate that the Legislature is going to have the final say on this medical marijuana,” Dabakis said.

Looking around at the other legislators, the senator said something bothered him.

“I thought, ‘Maybe nobody on this floor has ever tried marijuana,’” Dabakis said.  “I think if the Legislature would actually try it they would find it and realize this is no big deal, and at least let those who are suffering have the help that they need.”

Banner Image: In this Feb. 20, 2018, file photo, Salt Lake City Democratic Sen. Jim Dabakis speaks on the Senate floor at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Dabakis drove to Las Vegas and tried marijuana for the first time ahead of an upcoming vote on a proposition that would legalize the medical use of marijuana in his state for individuals with qualifying medical conditions. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

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