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]
While Georgians who need medical marijuana continue to suffer, Gov. Deal and Rep. Allen Peake are thumping their chests about the new “study group” they’ve created. It’s all too clear that this is nothing more than political posturing. The fact is, Georgia’s new law does not help most of the children and adults who have… [Read More]
Don’t be fooled: The cannabis oil bill that Gov. Deal signed is nothing more than a PR stunt. While the law technically makes it legal to possess a small amount of low-THC oil in Georgia, there’s one enormous problem with the law that renders it completely useless: It is still illegal to cultivate, manufacture or… [Read More]
Earlier this year, Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) introduced a bill that would allow Georgians who suffer from seizure disorders to be treated with cannabis oil. The bill had bipartisan support and was co-sponsored by Sen. Renee Unterman, the Chairwoman of the Health & Human Services Committee. But Gov. Nathan Deal refused to offer his support… [Read More]
Despite overwhelming support from the public and the medical community on the issue, Gov. Deal has done little to advance medical marijuana legislation in Georgia. Now we have a good idea why. According to Politico’s sources, Gov. Deal’s recent Las Vegas trip included a secret fundraising meeting with conservative gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson at his Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. Gov. Deal refuses… [Read More]
After researching the issue, Better Georgia is endorsing medical marijuana and calling on lawmakers to take action in the coming year. From The AJC: “Better Georgia endorses medical marijuana” In May and June 2014, we conducted a confidential survey on marijuana regulation. More than 8,000 Georgians from across the political spectrum participated in the informal survey and… [Read More]