Georgia Representative Allen Peake who authored Georgia’s current law known asHaleigh’s Hope Act (HB1), has publicly admitted to breaking the law to bring medical marijuana to patients in Georgia. The Georgia law, which allows for low-THC extracts containing primarily cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa) for patients with certain medical conditions, does not provide for cultivation, production, and distribution in the state, so patients and caregivers must go elsewhere to obtain the oils and bring them back to Georgia. Unless, of course, their Representative does it for them.
Rep. Peake’s level of commitment to patients is rare and should be commended. “Maybe at some point there is a need for civil disobedience,” Peake said toWSB-TV Atlanta’s Lori Geary, “I’d do it again if I had to.” Peake, a Republican, has introduced new legislation (HB 722) this year in hopes of bringing in-state production and distribution of the oils, so he and others won’t have to break laws to obtain them. The bill, if passed, would also add seventeen conditions to the existing law including intractable pain, Alzheimers, and HIV/AIDS.