A Georgian lawmaker has publicly admitted on television to breaking federal drug trafficking laws in order to deliver medical cannabis products to patients in Georgia.
Rep. Allen Peake (R-District 141) was instrumental to the passing of Georgia’s current medical cannabis law, which is extremely restrictive and only allows patients to possess low-THC extracts that are typically concentrated CBD or THCa oils — but does not allow anyone in Georgia to grow or produce it themselves. Which means that if they want access to these potentially life-saving medical cannabis oils, Georgia patients have get them (or have their Representative do it) by traveling out of state, purchasing the products, and then illegally transferring the medicine across state lines.
When asked by TV reporter Lori Geary whether or not he was worried about any legal repercussions, the Peake said, “Maybe at some point there is a need for civil disobedience. I’d do it again if I had to.”
This year, Peake is spearheading the continued effort to expand medical cannabis access in Georgia. He recently introduced House Bill 722, legislation that would legalize the cultivation and production of medicinal cannabis oils in the state.
Americans for Safe Access commented, “Rep. Peake’s level of commitment to patients is rare and should be commended.”