Every month, Representative Allen Peake (who is a conservative Christian), receives a box of marijuana oil from Colorado. He provides the oil to patients in the state despite Georgia law. In Georgia, it’s legal to possess medical marijuana oil, but the patients have no way to get it in state.
Peake has taken the access to medicine issue into his own hands, according to KTAR News. Peake is credited with creating and expanding the Georgia medical marijuana program. Qualifying patients are allowed to use and possess low-THC marijuana oil.
Peake said, “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 is a Republican, so he is one of the last anyone would expect to advocate for medical marijuana. He’s helped families move from Georgia to Colorado so that they could have access to medical marijuana. Peake’s shipments do fall well within the Georgia low-THC requirement.
He doesn’t know who brings it into Georgia. He doesn’t inquire either.
He said, “Quite frankly, I don’t know how the product gets here.”
When the boxes arrive each month, Peake donates to a Colorado foundation supporting medical marijuana research. Payments aren’t allowed, but donations are. On average, he’s donating about $10,000 a year of his own money. Hundreds of patients in Georgia are benefiting by Peake and his wife’s choice to take matters into their own hands.
He said, “I’ll never recover that money, but the satisfaction of helping people makes it all worthwhile.”
How hasn’t Peake been arrested yet? Well, he’s not selling the oil. He gives it away for free. Georgia law doesn’t prohibit gifting the marijuana oil.
Peake is working on legislation to increase the qualifying conditions list. He’s also trying to get Georgia lawmakers to legalize in state cultivation, sales and production of marijuana oil in state.
Peake has received referrals from at least 20 Senators and representatives for help in obtaining their medical marijuana oil. Georgia’s program has about 1,300 patients. Not just anyone can get a bottle of the oil though; Peake makes sure that they’re registered in Georgia’s medical marijuana program first.