Georgia Lawmaker Admits Breaking the Law to Help Families Get Medical Marijuana


Known as the "Godfather of the Medical Marijuana Movement" in Georgia, State Rep. Allen Peake has been breaking the law to help families in the state get access to medical marijuana. 

Back in April 2015, Georgia passed a bill legalizing low-THC medical marijuana oil for people suffering from certain diseases; however, the bill made no provisions for in-state cultivation or sales, meaning that legal patients have to find other ways to obtain their medicine. 

Peake, who fought to pass the first law and has introduced a new bill this year that would allow for in-state growing, admitted this week to WSB-TV that he has been going to other states to get medical marijuana and bringing it back to Georgia for families in need.

“We made sure that families properly registered with the state got access to medical cannabis, including delivering it to them if that's the only way we can make that happen," Peake said.

When asked if he was concerned about breaking the law as a state lawmaker, he said that it was worth it.

“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 said.

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