After meeting Haleigh Cox, the little girl from Monroe County who suffered from hundreds of seizures a day, State Representative Allen Peake knew he had to act. He pushed for Georgia’s medical marijuana bill that passed in 2015. The law allows people with certain conditions like seizures to take and possess small amounts of cannabis oil. Peake says since then, it has helped hundreds of patients with select conditions, but the laws also created a problem for patients.
“We currently have a law that allows you to legally possess medical cannabis oil, but we don’t have a law that gives any ability to access the medical cannabis oil,” Peake said. “Citizens are having to get creative and having to potentially violate federal law.”
Federal law prohibits taking any form of marijuana across state lines, and right now, there’s nowhere to buy it in Georgia. To help patients get the oil, Peake assisted in organizing a distribution network for the oil. He’s helped fund a grower who does research in another state, and in turn, cannabis oil somehow ends up in