US GA: OPED: On Medical Marijuana
Rome News-Tribune, 08 Feb 2015 - It's disappointing that Georgia's sheriffs oppose a measure that could do much good for Georgians who suffer from chronic diseases like cancer and seizure disorders. Last week, the executive director of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, J. Terry Norris, said members of the organization are concerned that a bill that would legalize cannabis oil for medical use in limited circumstances would expand. Mr. Norris told an Atlanta area TV station that the sheriffs didn't object to children getting the treatment. But adults apparently were another matter.
US GA: PUB LTE: Medical Marijuana Cultivation Should Be
LaGrange Daily News, 07 Feb 2015 - On Feb. 3, Hope United held a rally at the Liberty Plaza, Georgia State Capitol Building to raise awareness for the need of in-state cultivation of medical cannabis. Currently there is a bill being discussed - HB1 - that will give immunity for possessing cannabis oil in Georgia if you meet one or more of the 16 medical conditions listed in this bill. Additionally, there cannot be any more than 5 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component) - 3 percent for children under 18 - and must meet a minimum of 1:1 ratio of THC:CBD (cannadbidiol).
US GA: Shipping Proposal Outlined On Medical Cannabis
Walker County Messenger, 04 Feb 2015 - The legislator championing medical marijuana in Georgia said he hopes to announce an agreement soon with a manufacturer that aims to ship cannabis oil to residents in the state. That process would be facilitated if Georgia passes a bill to offer immunity from prosecution to those families using cannabis oil for medical purposes, said state Rep. Allen Peake, Republican from Macon.
US GA: Macon Legislator On Mission To Legalize Medical
The Gwinnett Daily Post, 16 Jan 2015 - Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed this year after suffering a setback in 2014 when the House and Senate got into a bit of political brinksmanship at the last minute and failed to pass his bill, which had sailed through the House with only four negative votes. Undaunted, Peake is back again with H.B. 1. He has the support of Gov. Nathan Deal (albeit with a few conditions) and House Speaker David Ralston. And with an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll showing 84 percent of Georgians favor passage of medical marijuana legislation, I suspect he has the Senate's attention, as well.
US GA: Column: Lawmaker On Mission With Medical Marijuana Bill
Athens Banner-Herald, 12 Jan 2015 - State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, is a man on a mission. He is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia. He may succeed this year, after suffering a setback in 2014 when the House and Senate got into a bit of political brinksmanship at the last minute and failed to pass his bill, which had sailed through the House with only four negative votes. Peake is back again with House Bill 1. He has the support of Gov. Nathan Deal (albeit with a few conditions) and House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge. And with an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll showing 84 percent of Georgians favor passage of medical marijuana legislation, I suspect he has the Senate's attention, as well.
US GA: OPED: Medical Marijuana Debate In General Assembly
Ledger-Enquirer, 10 Jan 2015 - You're not going to see legislators rolling up big fat ones over the next few weeks, but members of the General Assembly will be discussing a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in a state that smokes ribs instead of weed. The brainchild of State Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican from Macon, House Bill 1 would provide guidelines for growing, producing and selling therapeutic cannabis, an oil extracted from marijuana plants.
US GA: Albany Neighborhood Watch Group Gets Drug Education
The Albany Herald, 10 Jan 2015 - ALBANY - Neighborhood watch representatives got a basic education on illegal drugs, their effects and where they come from Saturday at the Community Room of the Albany downtown Law Enforcement Center. The short course delivered by Maj. Bill Berry, of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit gave eager members of the Community Council of Watch Associations an earful of information on familiar drugs including ecstasy or "Molly," crack cocaine and prescription pain pills.
US GA: Medical Cannabis Bill Changed
Macon Telegraph, 09 Jan 2015 - ATLANTA -- A proposal from state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, will protect Georgians from state prosecution if they possess certain liquid medical cannabis legally obtained in another state. It remains a federal offense to transport any marijuana products across state lines. The Georgia bill sponsor, Peake, downplayed the transport risk for Georgia families because of a provision of the federal budget signed in December. The so-called "Cromnibus" bill defunds federal law enforcement operations against medical marijuana operations that comply with state laws.
US GA: Column: Restore Our Constitutional Rights: Abolish
Rome News-Tribune, 22 Dec 2014 - Starting about 1988, we, the God-fearing, law and order, peace-loving people of Georgia willingly allowed our state and federal governments to take from us our most closely guarded constitutional right not to be subjected to seizure of our assets without due process of law. It happened without so much as a whimper from any of us. During this period, the legislature gave the police the right to seize and keep your property over the fear of drugs. The War on Drugs started then, and we have since wasted billions of dollars on this lost effort. We lost the war. This money could have been used to replace every bridge in our state in need of repair or replacement, to build new schools, and to hire and pay teachers rather than furloughing them.