From today’s Peach Pundit Daily (if you haven’t signed up yet, you really should) Representative Allen Peake (R-Macon) has been named to the study panel investigating medical marijuana:
State Rep. Allen Peake Pushes Dope Just kidding. Allen Peake, the State Representative from Macon, will co-chair a study committee to figure out how to legalize medical cannabis in Georgia. “He envisions holding three to five hearings across the state and inviting testimony from law enforcement, the medical community, sufferers from various diseases and Georgians who have gone to Colorado to seek medical cannabis.” Also “State Sen. Renee Unterman from Buford, a fellow Republican and chairwoman of the Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee, will work with Peake on leading the 10-member study committee.” Oh, so it’s a “joint” study commitee? Those 3-5 meetings will all commence at 4:20.
Other House members who will be on the panel include Reps. Rick Golick (R-Smyrna) Micah Gravley (R-Douglasville) and Margaret Kaiser (D-Atlanta). Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle has yet to release the names of the Senate members of this joint study committee (pun partially intended).
In all seriousness, I’m curious to see the committee’s findings. Rep. Peake’s bill was very controversial during the 2014 session, but it garnered a lot of support. Fact-based and statistically-significant findings may help move this bill forward, but I know there is still some skepticism within the medical community about the lasting effects of the treatment. I’m sure these meetings will be open for public viewing. It might get interesting.