One Georgia legislator has had enough of the draconian anti-marijuana laws. He’s taken to defy the law by delivering cannabis oil to those who need it.
A representative from Georgia has been distributing cannabis oil to hundreds of people, relying on narrow provisions in the state’s medical marijuana law to evade felony charges for drug trafficking. Every month, Rep. Allen Peake receives a box of cannabis oil, which he hands out to hundreds of people who are part of the state’s medical marijuana program, WJBF.com reported.
Those who are enrolled in the program are allowed to possess low-THC cannabis oil, but are legally forbidden to cultivate, import, or buy it — making it almost impossible for patients to obtain the drug by legal means. With Peake’s intervention, however, they are given access to a drug that they need to treat or manage serious illnesses they are diagnosed with.
The state’s marijuana legislation is called HB1 or Haleigh’s Hope Act. It was signed into law in April 2015 by Governor Nathan Deal. Under the law, patients and physicians can register for an identification card with the Georgia Department of Public Health that will allow them to possess cannabis oil with up to five percent THC. Only a low-THC oil preparation is allowed under the law, and smoking cannabis is prohibited…..
Peake, who has a medical cannabis card, continues to receive a box of medical cannabis oil at his doorstep every month. Peake claims that he does not know who brings the box into the state. “Quite frankly, I don’t know how the product gets here,” the lawmaker was quoted as saying in the report. Peake technically does not purchase the product because that would be illegal. However, every time a supply arrives, he makes a sizable donation to a medical cannabis research foundation in Colorado. His donations amount to about $100,000 a year out of his own pocket. Doing so, and distributing the oil for free allows him to stay within the law by a hair’s breadth — the law does not forbid giving cannabis oil as a gift. Selling the oil to recover his donations could put Peake at risk of drug trafficking charges…..
“We’re going to do whatever it takes to be able to help get product to these families, these citizens who have debilitating illnesses,” he said in the report.
A representative from Georgia has been distributing cannabis oil to hundreds of people, relying on narrow provisions in the state’s medical marijuana law to evade felony charges for drug trafficking. Every month, Rep. Allen Peake receives a box of cannabis oil, which he hands out to hundreds of