The Macon Republican who broke the taboo on the medical cannabis debate in the Georgia Legislature says that after 12 years, he won’t run again for the House. But he’s not giving up on distributing liquid medical cannabis or trying to bring it into the light of legality.
State Rep. Allen Peake said that he’s enjoyed being a legislator, but he’s not sure he’s always been a good politician and he never meant to make a career of politics.
In 2014, the restaurateur, legislator and former CPA better known for tax policy and pushing to merge Macon’s and Bibb County’s governments met 4-year old Haleigh Cox. Prescriptions had failed to ease the severe seizures that racked her body sometimes dozens of times a day. In an Atlanta hospital room, her parents explained to their lawmaker why they wanted their daughter to be able to try a liquid made from cannabis that’s used in some other states.
That visit made Peake the Legislature’s evangelist for medical cannabis.
Not everyone under the GOP-dominated Gold Dome buys his message. But as a Republican