Peake hopeful about medical marijuana

In 1980, Georgia lawmakers enacted legislation that legalized the use of marijuana for cancer and glaucoma patients.

State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, said Tuesday that the 1980 law came under the purview of the Georgia Medical Composite Board.

There has been no forward progress on the matter because the review board that was supposed to qualify patients has been inactive for about 20 years.

Peake told 13WMAZ's Randall Savage on Tuesday that he wants to add seizures to the treatment list and get the review board operational.

Peake told 13WMAZ last week he was open to legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes.

The lawmaker said he was inspired to look at the law change after seeing 13WMAZ's Judy Le's story a couple of weeks ago on a 4-year-old Forsyth girl with epilepsy. Her parents want to try medical marijuana to help treat the child's uncontrollable seizures. Her parents said they may move to Colorado so the child could receive treatment.


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