The fight on medical marijuana is coming to an end – that’s what some are saying following a decision Friday by the federal government to ease its stance on the drug.
Despite overwhelming support from voters to cultivate medical marijuana in our state, the Georgia commission on medical marijuana recently made the statement no thanks.
For the first time Allen Peake, the Macon representative behind the medical marijuana effort is speaking out about what he thinks caused this massive holdup.
The push to legalize and expand medical marijuana in Georgia has seen its share of ups and downs.
Macon representative Allen Peake has been on the front lines of it all.
“We’ve faced a lot of challenges in this effort over the last two years,” said Rep.Allen Peake, Macon.
Peake was instrumental in getting a bill passed that allows certain patients inGeorgia to possess and use cannabis oil, but it remains illegal to grow and produce.
“I think there’s a concern that it can’t be controlled, and I think those are false fears.” Those fears were on full display at the last Georgia Commission onMedical Cannabis hearing when the group voted not to make a cultivation recommendation to Governor Nathan Deal.
“Cultivation of marijuana is against federal law and as a law enforcement officer I’m not going to support anything that is contrary to federal law – not contrary just violates federal law,” said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan.
Colorado, a place where medical and recreational marijuana is legal, versus Minnesota, a place Peake visited, recently.
It’s also one with a very strict, controlled medical marijuana law.
“If I made one tactical error, it’s that we went to Colorado first rather than going to a Minnesota,” Peake stated.
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