Jan 182014
 January 18, 2014

georgia medical marijuanaCourtesy of The Joint Blog

State Representative Allen Peake (R) has announced his support for legalizing medical cannabis in Georgia after visiting 4-year-old Haleigh Cox in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta earlier this week.

Haleigh suffers from a sever seizure disorder, and will be relocating from Georgia to Colorado next month so she can have access to the cannabis oil that is helping so many other children with conditions similar to hers.

Peake, previously unconvinced of the need for medical cannabis, has had a change of heart; “This has been a huge shift for me,” he stated. “When you see that little girl, the precious little angel,” he said, speaking on his visit with Haleigh, “It’s touched me deep, deep in my soul, so I’m going to do everything I can to see what we can do for these families.”

Representative Peake will be joined by many advocates like Haleigh’s family who are fighting for medical cannabis legalization this session.  “If it was my child I’d be crawling over broken glass to get legislation passed, as would any legislator who’s here”, says Peak. “Why can’t we as a state be compassionate enough to look at what makes sense?”

Georgia’s House Speaker David Ralston has also recently announced that he open to legalizing medical cannabis, saying “Let’s take the politics out of it, and look at the science and hear the medical professionals.”

Source: TheJointBlog.com

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  • rcs9872

    Damn never thought Ga government would open their minds, and I was born here.

    • Super Red

      Do not give them any credit until they pass a law that helps all citizens, not just kids.

      • 2buds4me

        I think politicians and regular folk everywhere are all starting to see that the sky hasn’t fallen in any of the states that have legalized for medical or recreational.

    • Jed

      Me too, been here my whole life, hope they pass a law that helps everyone

  • Southern Man

    Only because its about sick kids are they even listening, So far where its going is to make high cbd low thc oil available for sick children. There are a lot of sick adults that would benefit fro all strains of marijuana, high thc varieties provide great relief from pain. Lets hope the sick adults are not left out in the cold

  • J

    doing that will cause false prescriptions to be made for the people who don’t use it medically and use it as an illegal drug or cause places to be robbed to get the drug user and to sell it

    • Tbob

      I’m sure the guidelines will be tight, they cannot stop the flow, there is a amazing amount of weed from cali everywhere at 375 a oz, it will be a better move to allow medical marijuana ga

    • wowFAD

      The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

    • Greg Wills

      Lol, you do realize that there are much more expensive and addictive substance that are prescribed and stored in Pharmacies than marijuana. The threat of pharmacies being robbed for a cannabis product that has little mood altering effect is ridiculously small and easily avoidable. Use the dispensary model.

      Unfortunately, as I understand this emerging market, all this is likely all mute for these families unless our representatives are willing to allow in state cultivation and processing. Maybe our representatives are suggesting these families smuggle the product cross state lines, or have it shipped? Still a lot to work out but thanks to ASA and P-Norml there is progress.

      • J’s diddy

        Greg, lights are on on in old j’s trailer, but theres nobody home

  • wowFAD

    So far, my count of state reps who are, at least, open to the discussion stands at six — three Republicans and three Democrats, including the Speaker of the House. I’m also encouraged that the governor isn’t closed off to the idea, either (surprisingly — Nate Deal copied Rick Scott’s welfare drug testing bill).

    A poll of roughly 2600 registered voters confirmed that 51% of Georgia voters support medical cannabis, while only 27% are opposed. 22% were undecided, but will not stay that way (they’ll get off the fence as soon as they look into it).

    And the petition on change.org has over 8200 signatures, over 3000 in the last few weeks.

    Sure, there will be resistance from the reefer madness crowd and what people uncharitably call “Georgia’s Christian Taliban,” but that poll proves those people, combined, are *still* in the minority by 24 points. In fact, *REAL* Christians who have compassion for the suffering of others are largely responsible for Georgia’s medical cannabis 51% majority.

    Georgia is changing. We’re not going to pull up the caboose of American progress anymore. Local activists like Sharon Ravert, Rick Day, John Konop, and James Bell have my gratitude. This would not be happening without their tireless work (not to suggest anyone is done fighting).

    • Greg Wills

      Hey do you know the count against, or if anyone has come out against?

      • wowFAD

        So far, the closest thing I’ve read that looks like an “against” was one state rep who said he’d have to read the bill first, followed by a vehement moral objection to the recreational use of cannabis. Almost everyone in Georgia you ask about medical cannabis who has a job via popular election will either preface or follow up their answer by denouncing recreational use. That should be expected in any state with more churches than schools — there’s a lot of leftover propaganda from the 80s.

        The direct answer to your question, officially, is that no reps I’ve read/heard of have come out directly opposed to the idea. Not after the conservative Speaker of the House says he’s open to the idea (which is, by far, the most pleasant surprise I’ve read in local news in YEARS). I’m pretty sure several elements within the legislature collectively unclenched when Ralston didn’t immediately shoot it down, and instead, welcomed the discussion.

        And there’s certainly no reason for the state reps to be timid with those polling numbers!!! 51% in favor is, of course, the greatest news, but the fact that only 27% oppose the medicinal use of cannabis is phenomenal. I would have expected at least high-30s opposed, but a meager 27% opposed means no matter how LOUD their outrage is, they’re not the majority. :-)

        • Greg Wills

          Thanks! Yeah have lived in GA for almost 35 years and I always figured this issue would have to be decided nationally before GA would be willing relent on its prohibitions tendencies.

  • AJ

    So I read the bill and I’m very confused. I believe this bill creates a committee that studies it then makes a law.

  • nedmorlef

    there is hope for the bible belt .BTW, I am Born Again as well as pro decrim or legalization for medical and recreational. I am against the war because, it focuses on the most benign of all the drugs and corrupts the judicial system/process.

  • handycapt

    Someone needs to tell the Georgia Legislators about the strain of weed called R4 from GreenWorkz in Colorado
    Low, to almost non existent THC (the head high component), and 17% CBD (cannibinoids) for muscle relaxation.
    Bottom line, the user does not get “high” but has pain relief benefits.
    Georgia – PLEASE allow medical marijuana

    • Humboldt Billy

      Thc is very important is relieving pain, for chronic constant pain high thc strains in the 20%- 26% work great. A high Cbd strain will not relieve pain. I know this first hand as a patient and a full time grower in humboldt CA. Patients need the choice of all available strains in order to treat various illnesses.

      • painkills2

        I have read that the high-CBD strains do help MS patients. Along with Fibromyalgia patients.
        I think it depends on the cause of your pain and your symptoms.

        • Jonathan GreedyGenius Jackson

          CBD isn’t an ailment treating chemical, it isn’t concerned the symptoms. CBD is a regenerative chemical, commonly known to be the ANTICANCER cannabinoid. THC comes in two varieties A and V, A being the anti-pain narcotic type compound, and V a non-intoxicant variant, along with 64 other known variations of cannabinoid compounds. CBD is the compound that our body accepts as a neurotransmitter, and its the primary relaxation chemical. It is also a sleep inducing agent.

          • painkills2

            If certain CBDs (other than THC) act as anti-inflammatories, then why wouldn’t this be considered treating a symptom or an ailment? Heck, the experts say that inflammation is the main cause of a lot of ailments and symptoms, not just pain. But, does the THC work as well without all of its helpful mates? Even for the treatment of chronic pain, I’m thinking that THC alone does not produce the same benefits as the total CBD package.

  • http://churchofsmoke.org/ Jose

    One republican is not enough to change the other idiots running the Georgia government.

  • Shepherd Yerusalem

    Did you know?

    Number of American deaths per year that result directly or primarily from the following selected causes nationwide, according to World Almanacs, Life Insurance Actuarial (death) Rates, and the last 20 years of U.S. Surgeon Generals’ reports.

    TOBACCO – 340,000 to 450,000

    ALCOHOL (Not including 50% of all highway deaths and 65% of all murders) – 150,000+

    ASPIRIN (Including deliberate overdose) – 180 to 1,000+

    CAFFEINE (From stress, ulcers, and triggering irregular heartbeats, etc.) – 1,000 to 10,000

    “LEGAL” DRUG OVERDOSE (Deliberate or accidental) from legal, prescribed or patent medicines and/or mixing with alcohol – e.g. Valium/alcohol – 14,000 to 27,000

    ILLICIT DRUG OVERDOSE – (Deliberate or accidental) from all illegal drugs – 3,800 to 5,200

    MARIJUANA – 0

    (Marijuana users also have the same or lower incidence of murders and highway deaths and accidents than the general non-marijuana using population as a whole. Cancer Study, UCLA; U.S. Funded ($6 million), First & Second Jamaican Studies, 1968 to 1974; Costa Rican Studies, 1980 to 1982; et al. LOWEST TOXICITY 100% of the studies done at dozens of American universities and research facilities show pot toxicity does not exist. Medical history does not record anyone dying from an overdose of marijuana (UCLA, Harvard, Temple, etc.)

    • Brian Estopare

      if a 14 teen year old was thought he/she was smoking it in there bedroom and the police kick the door in and start shooting people in the house, now that would count as a few death.

  • REV SMITH

    GA WILL NOT MAKE MEDICAL MARIJUANA AVAILABLE FOR ALL SICK GA RESIDENTS, JUST CBD OIL FOR SICK KIDS! REMEMBER THIS IS GA!!!!!! AND IDIOTS AND CHRISTIANS RUN THE STATE

  • juicy

    The world should be more relaxed about everything no more medication for anxiety or depression or bipolar there’s a lot it could help but the governmentonly wants ttaxes and he will get a lot of people that needs it the world would be one piece

  • Tellthetruth

    Cobb County will not let this happen because they make too much money of screwing people. The judges in Cobb County are scamming the system and getting kick backs along with the Sheriff’s office.

    Got to get rid of Cobb County officials because they are all are taking bribes! From the building department run by Rob Hosack and Lee Mclead to the County manger to Sherrif Neil Warren. Cobb county controls a lot of the judicial laws of the state of Georgia for everyone’s knowledge.

  • Rodney

    Why not just legalize it for recreational use like Washington and Colorado? Marijuana is already the number one cash crop in America. That’s incredible being that it’s illegal! It makes absolutely no sense that people are being criminalized for smoking a plant, in which in my opinion is a gift from nature. Not to mention no one in recorded history has ever died from it. I’ve personally seen families torn apart, people ruin every aspect of their lives, and people disabled in car crashes from a legal, easy to get substance called alcohol.

  • Supreme

    What I want to know is how do I get ahead of the ball here and be prepared to open my own dispenserey being that I’m already here and deep into to canibus scene