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State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) has spent the past few years passionately advocating for the expansion of medical cannabis oil use for Georgia families. So when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions disparaged the effects of the substance, the House lawmaker fired back.
“Respect fully Mr. AG,you are flat wrong. Seeing the results every damn day in GA. Open your heart & mind, citizens deserve access,” Rep. Peake said on Twitter.
He was responding to recent comments made by the new Attorney General, who said that he thought the benefits of medical marijuana have been exaggerated.
“I think medical marijuana has been hyped, maybe too much,” Sessions recently said.
In a statement to zpolitics, Rep. Peake called Sessions’ statement “simply ridiculous.”
“Every day I hear from a grandmother with parkinson’s disease, a college student with Chron’s disease, a soccer mom suffering from cancer, or a dad helping his child who has a rare skin disease,” he said. “These are real people, not hype, who are benefitting from medical cannabis daily.”
“Maybe Mr. Sessions should come to Georgia to visit these everyday citizens who are not hype, but the real deal. He is just dead wrong on this issue,” Peake added.
Peake had been battling in the state legislature for a new compromise bill that would legally allow several new conditions to be allowed on the state cannabis oil registry. In an agreement that finalized on Thursday with Senate lawmakers, he says that those suffering from autism, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, epidermolysis bullosa, Tourette’s syndrome and peripheral neuropathy would now have access to the treatment.
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