When lives are at stake, people will go to great lengths to protect those lives. Sometimes, that means the law must be broken. And sometimes–rare as it may be–that means the law deserved to be broken.
In states without access to Cannabidiol (CBD oil), breaking the law for a noble cause is very necessary and very real. It’s so necessary in Georgia that State Representative and medical marijuana advocate Allen Peake of Macon has admitted to breaking state law to save lives.
Peake, who also spearheads Georgia’s pending medical marijuana bill, justified his actions with one very real moral justification:
“Maybe at some point there is a need for civil disobedience. It comes down to, ‘What would I do if it were my child?’”
Peake has taken these drastic measures to make sure medical marijuana reaches Georgia patients for one simple reason: they have no where else to obtain it. He has only been providing it to those legally registered to use it by the state. Since they’re all licensed to legally use CBD-rich cannabis concentrates in the form of oils, then what other choice did Peake have?
It’s rare to see a politician act like a real life Robin Hood of sorts, but that’s what Peake, the “godfather of medical marijuana in Georgia” has become. Consequentially, Peake’s actions unveil a common conundrum within at least 14 of the United States that have approved CBD-only laws — cultivation and processing the oil in-state remains illegal and therefor so is acquiring it.
Legislation Peak introduced this year would have establish an in-state cultivation and processing framework, but the cultivation language was stripped from the bill due to concern that this would lead to recreational legalization. The bill also would have allowed for a slightly higher percentage of THC content because single cannabinoid therapies don’t work for every patient as well as when multiple cannabinoids work together in a process called the entourage effect, but that language was also removed.
Dale Jackson, a Georgia father whose son suffers from autism, is joined by 100 other parents in speaking out about how unacceptable it is not to allow in-state cultivation. They are tired of breaking state laws to import cannabis.
In an act of public civil disobedience, Jackson and the other parents have announced that they’ve been purchasing cannabis in Colorado, and driving back to Georgia with it.
“The governor has asked us to break federal law, the governor has asked us to break another state’s law,”
said Vince Seivert, another Georgia father fighting for in-state cultivation.
Even though the current law being considered by the state would potentially allow Jackson’s son to become a registered medical cannabis patient, he is joining the other parents in the fight to squash the current bill because of how crucial it is for these parents to have safe, reliable access to cannabis oil.
“We refuse to allow another worthless bill to be passed that doesn’t help everybody.”
Fortunately, in this case, District Attorney Danny Porter won’t prosecute or even seek to punish these actions even though he opposes medical marijuana. Porter is taking the high, honorable road because, despite his deficient stance, he’s well aware of what’s at stake.
“I’m not going to send that type of person to prison. I’m committed to that,”
Sadly, the folks Porter represents represent a slice of America that in the face of clearcut evidence about marijuana’s medical power still oppose growing the plant in-state. And every state should be cultivating CBD at this juncture.
While it seems like common sense to say no one will go to jail for smuggling a non-psychoactive medical marijuana oil across state lines, that doesn’t dull the major issue. Live are at stake, CBD is sparse in many spheres of America, and legal change is necessary to at least allow this type patients to import their lifesavers.