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Since at least 2015, one Georgia lawmaker has bravely defied the law to bring medical cannabis into his state, to help children suffering from debilitating conditions such as chronic seizures. Rep. Allen Peake’s campaign of civil disobedience has evolved into an extensive distribution network, and along the way, he has attracted the support of many lawmakers – even some who were formerly opposed to medical cannabis.

Peake is a self-described conservative Christian who says moral principles guide him in this endeavor. Seeing children confined to a hospital bed, after all the ‘legal’ prescription medications have failed them, is a compelling reason to challenge unjust prohibition and bring these patients medicine that works.

We’re going to do whatever it takes to be able to help get product to these families, these citizens who have debilitating illnesses,” Peake said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Every month a cardboard box with cannabis derivatives arrives from Colorado to his office, whereupon it is distributed to hundreds of sick people around the state. Thanks to a 2015 bill championed by Peake, Georgia now allows patients with certain conditions to possess low-THC medical cannabis. But the law is still restrictive in that people cannot cultivate, import, or purchase it.

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Enter Rep. Allen Peake. He gives the medical cannabis to patients for free, which is permissible under Georgia law. He can’t legally pay for it, either, so Peake makes a $100,000 donation to a Colorado medical cannabis research foundation every time he receives a delivery. He has a medical cannabis card which allows him to possess the product.

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Quite frankly, I don’t know how the product gets here,” Peake said in the interview. This deliberate ignorance is necessary because transporting cannabis across state lines is a federal felony. He will never recover the donation money, but helping people is more than enough payment for him.

Shannon Cloud, whose daughter has Dravet syndrome and has benefited from medical cannabis, now helps distribute the product from Peake’s office to Atlanta. She sums up the absurdity of the situation.

It shouldn’t be this way,” said Cloud. “You shouldn’t be meeting at a gas station or a Target parking lot to get medicine to somebody. You should be going to the place where it is produced and tested to get it dispensed to you in a regulated manner, but this is what we’re forced to do.

We first reported on the noble actions of Rep. Allen Peake in January 2016. Before Georgia began allowing very limited medical cannabis use, Peake was helping families move to Colorado so they could legally treat their suffering children. He visits them on a regular basis, witnessing in person how this miracle plant can transform lives for the better.

Listen, I made a commitment to these families when I got involved, that I was willing to do whatever it took to make sure they had access to a product from a reputable manufacturer. I’ve made good on that promise. If it involved civil disobedience, it’s been absolutely worth it,” said Peake.

The joy of knowing that sick children are being healed compels this lawmaker to build upon his efforts.

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I got a text this morning from the mother of a young child who I delivered product to,” said Peake. “And the heartfelt thanks from this mother, the difference in this child – the increase in cognitive ability, the reduction in seizures, has been worth every bit of risk that I’ve taken.

While he shepherds medical cannabis to needy patients in Georgia, Rep. Peake is attempting to further dismantle unjust prohibition. A new bill to expand the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis is awaiting the governor’s signature, and one day Peake hopes to see the cultivation, production, and sale of cannabis oil legalized in his state.

The war on drugs is a war on people, as the prohibition of life-saving medical cannabis clearly shows. With persistence and civil disobedience, change can come even to the most staunch prohibitionist states such as Georgia.

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Justin Gardner is a peaceful free-thinker with a background in the biological sciences. He is interested in bringing rationality back into the national discourse, and independent journalism as a challenge to the status quo.
  • planesVERSUStowers

    A true American!

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    Good on him. He gets my vote.

  • Guy

    Sorry Folks, hating to rain on your parade. But it won’t happen, not as long as there are laws being enforced as in the State Of Kansas and people like Jeff Sessions are around. Who is speeking for both the views and attitudes of the Federal Governments assessment of the War On Cannabis, while setting policies of enforcement, that takes us all back to 1920’s *Reefer Madness* insanity and paranoia of the *Devil’s Drug*! He will promote Big Pharmas sales of opioids to kids and adult alike because it’s sanctified by the FDA, while having you arrested and your child taken away from you for the use of medical marijuana. The man is both a fool and dangerous to all of us and needs to go !

    • 174thandvyse

      So…let’s get rid of him!

      • Guy

        Short of assassination. How do you plan on doing that ?

        • 174thandvyse

          A Popular Uprising would work.

          • Guy

            I think people are more interested in what’s on their Iphones than to do something like what we did in the 70’s. Now it’s all about anarchy in the streets as general principle and to get on socal media, seems to be normal as usual !

          • 174thandvyse

            There’s some truth in that, but I still believe that “People Power” will prevail over the forces of…as Black Sabbath would call them, “War Pigs”.

          • Guy

            Maybe so. I’am waiting to see what sets the whole thing off, not talking about that fat little fuck in N.Korea either. Him ? He’s a pipsqueak, that will soon get his ugly little head blown off, if he doesn’t mind his bull shit.

            I am talking about the average Joe and Jane American, who has had it up to here, with the crap that is being laid on em, who are sick and tired of paying for every one else’s hand outs, who will get pushed over the edge to get mad enough, and finally blow their tops !

            It could be with a big ass bang ! Or hardly anything at all that dose it, but when it comes, run, duck and cover !

  • Michael L. Wallace Jr.

    Before Marijuana Prohibition it was most accepted worldwide medicine for hundreds of years . Marijuana was illegally made illegal by Lies for Oppression & Crooked Money for The Hearst Corp & DuPont Industries . Police who illegally KEEP IT ILLEGAL are Heinous Criminals . Because most illnesses including Cancers are caused by Cannabinoid Deficiencies . https://youtu.be/aWXuaMXfbJA

  • anarchyst

    Schedule definitions:
    Schedule 1–no medical value–prohibited for medical use.
    Schedule 2–has medical value with restrictions.
    All Congress has to do is reschedule cannabis to a schedule 2 or 3 or lower classification drug.
    Did you know that heroin is classified as schedule 2?

  • Gen Jen

    What they really should make illegal is all these ads for consumables that grow your Hair, make your wrinkles go away, vitamins made with 2 dollars of ingredients and sell for 50 bucks and last but not least stuff that makes you get a stiffie but if it last more than 4 hours rush to the Hospital……One of the biggest reasons for keeping weed illegal is because to many in Law enforcement, Politicians, and our CROOKED SYSTEM make too much money on drugs….Not to mention pizzing off the drug companies, what lower their profit ? It cost a drug company 2 bucks to make a pill that sells for $25,000.00 per month !

  • Di

    finally a politician who cares about the people instead of padding his wallet