Representative Allen Peake Named To Medical Marijuana Study Panel

June 19, 2014 11:48 am

by Nathan · 8 comments

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.

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gcp June 19, 2014 at 12:17 pm

How about a study panel to legalize all marijuana or at least make the issue a nonbinding ballot question to see what voters think. Do we have any legislators that would dare initiate such action?

Three Jack June 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm

+420 (had to do that just to piss off Rick)

Rick Day June 19, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Oh indeed Nathan. It WILL be an interesting public dialogue.

And cut out the lazy journalism crap. Joint? Dope?

I think we are all well past that phase of diatribe, agreed?

Nathan June 19, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Never claimed or have been accused to be a journalist, Rick.

greencracker June 19, 2014 at 1:02 pm
FranInAtlanta June 19, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Regarding full legalization, let’s wait and see what the results in Colorado and Washington are. However, there are uses for medical marijuana (and my understanding is that it was available for medicinal use until 1942) where its chance for harm (if I understand what I have read) is less that the chance of harm for which it is being used now.

The Last Democrat in Georgia June 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Colorado’s results are already coming in:

“Colorado Will Bring In More Than $100 Million In Marijuana Tax Revenues This Year”
http://www.businessinsider.com/r-colorado-legalized-marijuana-tax-revs-ahead-of-expectations-moodys-2014-11

John Konop June 19, 2014 at 5:29 pm

That does not include enforcement savings……