May 02, 2017 01:20 AM EDT
A conservative Christian lawmaker in central Georgia has instilled in his mind that his mission is to help the people who are in need of the medical healthcare they need and it includes distributing cannabis oil. However, a federal law could cause him trouble if he is not doing it in a careful way.
Rep. Allen Peake always receives a cardboard box once a month in his office, filled with cannabis oil waiting to be distributed to people who are in need of this kind of medication. He is shepherding this to hundreds of sick people who are not allowed by the state to legally obtain marijuana but allowed to possess one.
"We are going to do whatever it takes to be able to help get the product to these families, these citizens who have a debilitating illness," Peake said. In an article published by ABC, he reveals that he has his campaign operation and his underground cannabis oil network in his Macon office.
In his term, Peake has successfully created and expanded Georgia's medical marijuana program that would allow people with low-THC cannabis oil for more than a thousand patients. Certain enrollees could have it, however, they could not cultivate, import or purchase the drug.
In his defense, he said that he is distributing cannabis oil with his own hands based on Biblical principles of Christian charity. This principle led him into the world of cannabis after he began helping families with the cost of moving to Colorado for the legal access after they could not purchase cannabis oil in Georgia.
In an article published in US News, cannabis oil or any product derived from marijuana remains a federally outlawed schedule 1 narcotic. This is despite 29 states are now allowed to purchase and use marijuana for medical reasons through the comprehensive medical marijuana programs.
Other seventeen states, including Georgia, are allowed to use marijuana products like cannabis oil for medical reasons in limited and selective situations or as a legal defense. This is an accordance to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
In addition, transporting marijuana products like cannabis oil is still a felony. This is one factor that Peake is very careful on.
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