By William Stash Jones
Oregon Cannabis Connection
A conservative christian politician in Georgia has become “Johnny CBD” for people in need of the marijuana extract in his state. With the risk of arrest and prosecution for drug trafficking, the representative distributes CBD oil (or Cannabidiol, one of over 80 cannabinoids found in cannabis) to hundreds of patients across Georgia who can legally posses the extract but have no way to legally obtain the miraculous drug.
Representative Allen Peake told the Associated Press in an interview, “We’re going to do whatever it takes to be able to help get product to these families, these citizens who have debilitating illnesses.”
Peake was one of the lawmakers that pushed to create the CBD only marijuana program in Georgia which allows people to posses but not import, purchase or cultivate the plant extract. The supply he gets comes anonymously to his Georgia state office, according to Peake, who told AP News, “Quite frankly, I don’t know how the product gets here.”
From that official state office, he distributes the drug to the patients in need all across Georgia.
He makes annual donations of $100,000 to a foundation in Colorado that does significant research into medical cannabis, and that results in a unmarked box showing up at his office with the cannabis extract each month. If he were to actually directly pay for the product, it would be illegal under Georgia law. He also cannot sell the drug, since that is also not allowed in Georgia.
“I will never recover the money,” he said, but explained that the satisfaction is worth the price. AP News reported:
Though Peake isn’t a qualified patient, he obtained a medical cannabis card from the Georgia Department of Public Health, so that he can show it to constituents as he promotes the program, he said.
But a card is a card, enabling Peake to legally possess the cannabis at his office.
Shannon Cloud is one of the parents helping Peake move the oils to Atlanta. She initially got involved because daughter Alaina has Dravet syndrome — a rare, serious seizure disorder — and has benefited from cannabis.
Peake is a very wealthy man and can afford the large donations. He is the CEO of one of the nations largest restaurant franchise businesses. He makes it a habit of donating regularly to christian charities, which is what “peaked” his interest in cannabis, so to speak. He was the sponsor of Geogia’s CBD law that was introduced in 2015.
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