Though Georgia is in the midst of expanding its medical marijuana program, it’s not expanding fast enough for one rogue, half-crazy state representative. Last week the state signed into law a measure which adds six new conditions to qualify as an MMJ patient.
Those with a doctor’s recommendation card can currently possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil, but there are a few regulations which limit the effectiveness of the program. For one thing, these extracts can contain no more than 5 percent THC, which reduces the number of ailments which can be treated with them and reduces their entourage effect as well.
Another very serious limitation on the MMJ distribution problem is that there is almost no way to distribute it. Patients cannot grow, purchase, or transport cannabis into the state. So the only legal way for them to come into possession of cannabis oil is for someone to gift it to them. And that’s where state representative Allen Peake comes in.
Peake, a Republican and devout Christian, co-sponsored the medical marijuana measure which Governor Deal signed last week, but he’s still not satisfied by the program. That’s why he’s just started giving cannabis oil directly to area patients in need.
"We've kind of set up, for all practical purposes, a distribution network where we get the product here from Colorado,” Peake told 13 WMAZ. “I don't ask a lot of questions about how it gets here, but it gets here. We then funnel it to citizens who have requested to us help in being able to get the product.”
How exactly is that legal? It’s complicated, and a little sketchy. "We don't do the transportation of the product across the lines, so we're not in violation of any federal law. We abide by what's in Georgia law by not having more product than we're allowed to possess. We're giving the product away. We're not selling it,” said Peake.
The plan, of course, isn’t to go on giving away free cannabis oil forever, but perhaps to spur on others to take action, and to provide a bridge for MMJ patients to a future when such drastic measures aren’t required. “My hope is that in 2018 we can fill the gaping hole that still remains, and provide legal access to medical cannabis oil here in our state with a safe, lab tested product produced within our own borders,” Peake wrote in a statement. “The job will not be finished until we accomplish this task.”