Georgia Lawmaker Smuggles Cannabis Oil for Patients

Georgia Lawmaker Smuggles Cannabis Oil for Patients

Despite being legally permitted to have and use medical marijuana in oil form, patients in Georgia have hit a roadblock when it comes to state law. While enrollees in the state’s growing medical marijuana program can legally possess low THC cannabis oil, they are not permitted to purchase or grow it; they are also not permitted to order it from another state and have it delivered.

An Unlikely Hero Emerges

Faced with the prospect of letting people who were already ill suffer, Republican Representative Allen Peake stepped up to make a difference. This Macon, GA lawmaker is taking advantage of some grey areas in the state’s marijuana laws to help sick constituents who have no other way to access the medical cannabis they need to relieve their symptoms. Hundreds of local residents rely on state representative Allen Peake for medical marijuana products each month. Rep. Peake hopes to be able to continue to provide this much-needed medication for the ill people he serves.

The recipients of the cannabis oil imported from Colorado by this compassionate lawmaker are legally allowed to have the substance under the state law, but simply have no legal way to acquire it. Peake spoke with the Associated Press recently and revealed why he got into to the underground medical marijuana business – and why he continues to act in defiance of the law.

Under Rep. Peake’s stewardship, Georgia’s medical marijuana program has grown; it now provides cannabis oil with a low level of THC to over a thousand ill patients in the region. There is one problem, though – patients enrolled in the program are permitted to have and use medical marijuana, they just can’t grow it, buy it or have it sent in from another state.

Meet Unlikely Cannabis Dealer, Allen Peake

allen-peake-smuggles-cannabis-oilRep. Allen Peak holds up a bottle of cannabis oil. (The Telegraph photo)

Restaurant CEO and state representative Allen Peake is an unlikely candidate for rule breaking; he runs his business and his life based on Christian and biblical principles. He discovered the plight of the residents he now serves by accident; families were coming to him for help moving all the way to Colorado simply to legally access the medical marijuana they need.

Now, each month, boxes full of cannabis oil arrive at Peake’s office for distribution to the ailing residents he serves. According to Peake, he is not sure where the medication comes from; he is just grateful to be able to distribute it to those in need.

Skirting the Law for the Greater Good

While marijuana is legal for medical use in Georgia, transporting this Schedule 1 narcotic across state lines remains a felony.

While Peake doesn’t know where those boxes come from, he makes a big donation to a Colorado based medical cannabis research foundation every time they arrive. By making a donation, he is able to ensure the oil continues to flow – without making official payments (which would be illegal in Georgia).

By donating money for the oil and then giving it away for free, Peake avoids being charged with selling marijuana. Under current laws, the gifting of cannabis oil for free is allowed. Peake continues to be at the forefront of the fight to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia and is working hard to expand the qualifying conditions a patient can have to legally enroll in a program.

Over 1200 patients are currently enrolled in the state’s medical marijuana program and many of them turn to Peake to access the products they need. As the precious oil is delivered, Peake is vigilant about checking to make sure the recipients are properly registered and enrolled in Georgia’s medical marijuana program and that
they can legally possess and use the product.

This Republican lawmaker continues to be an unlikely champion for the cause of medical marijuana. He has no plans on ending his crusade to help patients in Georgia – or on stopping the mystery deliveries that provide patients with the cannabis oil they need to function each day.

Bill to Allow Medical Cannabis Cultivation Blocked in Georgia Senate

Bill to Allow Medical Cannabis Cultivation Blocked in Georgia Senate

Georgia State Senate Health and Human Services Chairwoman Renee Unterman has indicated that House Bill 722 will not be addressed during the current legislative session.

The bill would have expanded the state’s limited medical cannabis program to include several new qualifying conditions like HIV/AIDS, pidermolysis bullosa, PTSD, Tourette’s syndrome and autism.

Unterman believes the bill needs examined more closely in order to move forward.

“I met with some of the families and I’ve committed to continue working on it with them, and that’s what I told them,”

Unterman said.

Georgia passed medical marijuana laws in 2015. Since the state started accepting applications for the medical marijuana program in June, hundreds of families have enrolled. However, the legislation does not allow for the cultivation, sale or distribution of cannabis within the state, forcing patients to travel out of state to acquire cannabis medication. As several parents and state lawmaker have already publicly admitted to smuggling Colorado cannabis into Georgia, this puts already vulnerable patients at risk for federal prosecution.

State Representative Allen Peake originally sponsored the bill, which would have included provisions for growing cannabis, under strict regulation, within the state. It was ultimately opposed by law enforcement and removed from the bill.

“Hurting Georgia citizens are worth fighting for,”

said Peake. He plans to continue his efforts to expand the state’s medical marijuana program.

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Low THC Medical Marijuana Registry Now Open in Georgia

Low THC Medical Marijuana Registry Now Open in Georgia

Haleigh Cox and her mother Janea moved from Forsyth, Georgia, to Colorado in order to obtain medical marijuana. Haleigh suffers from a disorder that causes her to have more than 200 seizures a day. When she uses cannabis, however, she only experiences about three seizures a day.

Now, thanks to the implementation of HB 1, also called the Haleigh’s Hope Act, Haleigh is back home in Georgia.

The state launched its Low THC Oil Registry on June 16. Parents of children like Haleigh are what motivated Gov. Nathan Deal to push the legislation. He stated,

“On a personal level, trying to put ourselves in their place, it would be difficult for anybody to have to watch their child have multiple seizures every day.”

There are strict requirements for those wishing to get onto the registry. Only eight qualifying conditions are listed, including seizure disorders, sickle cell anemia, cancer, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), mitochondrial disease, Parkinson’s disease and Crohn’s disease. Patients with these conditions must be either younger than 1 or have lived in Georgia at least one year.

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Physicians must approve patients before sending their information to the registry. Patients may then be issued a card. The cards, which are $25 each, should be ready within 15 business days and must be picked up from a public health office.

Patients with the cards are legally allowed to have 20 fluid ounces of low THC oil. Their physicians must report back to the state every three months.

Unfortunately, patients may still encounter issues when accessing medical marijuana because state laws do not yet address the cultivation or distribution of the substance. Companies that ship medical marijuana could be breaking a federal law.

“My message to our congressmen and senators is change the damn law. It’s that simple; lives are at stake here,”

said state Rep. Allen Peake.

People who need less than 0.3 percent of THC may be able to get plants – considered hemp – shipped into Georgia. People who require higher amounts of THC will probably find themselves traveling out of the state to get the cannabis oil.

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