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Allen Peake Steps Down As Georgia House Floor Leader

State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) is stepping down from his position as one of the Georgia House of Representatives' floor leaders.
State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) is stepping down from his position as one of the Georgia House of Representatives' floor leaders.
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One of Gov. Nathan Deal’s floor leaders in the Georgia House of Representatives is stepping away from that job.

State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) accepted the post just a few months ago. But Peake said he and Deal disagree on what has come to be known as Peake’s signature issue.

“He and I do have some differences on where we should proceed on medical cannabis,” said Peake, speaking Monday on “Closer Look.” “So I think it was best for me to step aside so he could have someone who is totally focused on moving forward his agenda.”

Peake says he will continue to push for the manufacture of cannabis oil in Georgia under tightly-regulated conditions. Right now, it is legal for people who suffer from any of eight medical conditions to use the oil, but one cannot buy it legally in Georgia.