Georgia lawmaker re-ups plea for cultivation of medical marijuana

The Georgia lawmaker who wrote the state’s groundbreaking medical marijuana law has re-upped his call for the state to allow a limited form of cultivation and manufacturing, saying he wants to set a tone ahead of the upcoming legislative session.

State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, is urging families and advocates to contact state representatives and senators in their districts over the next three months. He is asking them to tell their stories of how hard it is to obtain the types of cannabis oil now allowed under Georgia’s limited legalization, which passed in 2015.

“We’ve got to come up with some sort of solution,” said Peake, who has called it a “moral responsibility” to help patients who are under doctors’ care to use the oil.

He and other advocates have banded together to form an informal network to help patients obtain the oil, a proposition made more fraught because federal law

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