Tuesday, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law a measure that expands the state's medical marijuana program. But Georgia representative Allen Peake says he is distributing cannabis oil to Peach State families with severe medical problems.
"That's why we're doing this. I know it works. I've seen the real life evidence that it's working in the lives of everyday Georgians,” says Peake.
State Representative Allen Peake is still pushing to increase access to cannabis oil in Georgia.
"We've kind of set up, for all practical purposes, a distribution network where we get the product here from Colorado. 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,” says Peake.
He says they have come up with this plan because the current Georgia law does not allow the families who need it to access the product, but he says to his knowledge what they are doing is perfectly legal.
"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,” says Peake.
When asked how much cannabis oil is being delivered or to how many families Peake says he is keeping the details private.
"I probably won't talk a lot about the details, but we're getting products as needed and enough to supply the folks as needed,” explains Peake.
He says they have had to get "creative" to help families in Georgia get cannabis oil.
"It's just crazy that we have to do this. The solution is in state cultivation of medical cannabis oil here in Georgia. We're going to keep fighting until we eventually get there,” says Peake.
He says Georgia's made progress over the years but still Is not where he would like it to be. Under the law signed by Governor Deal in May the state's medical marijuana is now expanded to cover six more medical conditions including AIDS and Alzheimer's disease. We reached out to the state Attorney General's office and to District Attorney David Cooke about whether Peake is doing is legal. We could not reach them for comment Friday.