Although it’s been proven to alleviate symptoms of serious medical conditions, including chronic pain, arthritis, migraine, and cancer, and is legal for medical use in 28 states, medical marijuana still faces huge hurdles in Georgia. State officials cite its “Schedule One” classification by the federal government as Georgia’s reason for neglecting it’s proven medicinal properties…. [Read More]
In the 2016 election, medical marijuana legalization gained traction across the country. This past Thursday, Georgia lawmakers in both the Senate and House made their own attempt to catch up by filing bills that would improve access to medical marijuana if passed. Republican Rep. Allen Peake wants to put a constitutional amendment in front of voters… [Read More]
Lost among the aftermath of this year’s election are the significant marijuana policy victories in Arkansas, North Dakota, Montana and Florida. These states took big steps to ensure their citizens have quality access to the medicinal marijuana. As we see a positive shift in opinion across the nation, some here are wondering why Georgia hasn’t joined… [Read More]
Although Federal officials said they would expand marijuana growth and research through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) as well as conduct more research into marijuana’s medicinal properties, the fact remains that marijuana still banned. According to the DEA, marijuana remains a Schedule I drug, in the same class as heroin and LSD. Drugs that… [Read More]
Clarkston is poised to become the first Georgia city to decriminalize marijuana. Georgia has received a lot of praise, including from President Barack Obama, for its criminal justice reform, yet Gov. Nathan Deal continues to resist changes to marijuana laws. “We should not have any municipality or jurisdiction of state government saying that they’re willing to… [Read More]
This week, Ga. conservatives pushing for discrimination in the name of religion and a reckless new law that would legalize guns on campus faced stinging criticism from an unlikely source. The editorial board at The Gainesville Times, a conservative newspaper in Gov. Deal’s home town, delivered the takedown in their thoughtful editorial, “Legislature obsessed with prayers and pistols.”… [Read More]
“Can you imagine having to torture your child every day to keep them alive?” Brian Underwood can. It’s something that he and his wife endure daily. Underwood posed that question to lawmakers in January during the initial hearing for Rep. Allen Peake’s bill to allow medical marijuana cultivation in Georgia and give patients access to… [Read More]
Why is Gov. Deal threatening a state representative for helping families get the medical marijuana their children so desperately need?
Last year, with great fanfare, Gov. Deal signed a law allowing some Georgia patients to legally possess medical marijuana oil prescribed by their physicians.
The truth is, this law was broken from the beginning – a false hope that forced patients or their family members to risk violating federal law by transporting the medicine across state lines.
Now, Gov. Deal has threatened Rep. Allen Peake, patients and their family members with “punishment,” he called it, for doing the only thing they can to get the needed medicine the governor championed last year.
This year, state lawmakers will consider an unprecedented seven marijuana-related bills, signaling a marked shift in priorities for a state long-considered to be among the nation’s most conservative. One of the more bold proposals, Senate Bill 254 (or SB 254), would abolish felonies for certain marijuana possession cases. Sen. Harold Jones (D-Augusta) talked about his bill… [Read More]
Today is one of my favorite Mondays. Tonight, I will cheer for my alma mater, Alabama, as the Crimson Tide plays to win the college football national championship. I’m also hoping Kirby Smart brings all of his success at Bama back to UGA and Athens, the city I now call home. But first, Better Georgia… [Read More]