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Georgia Lawmaker Would Risk Prison To Get Medical Marijuana To Families

FILE - In this March 3, 2014 file photo, State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, speaks on behalf of his bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Georgia for patients with certain illnesses, in Atlanta. An effort to bring a form of medical marijuana to Georgia spearheaded by Peake continues to move forward, but hurdles remain as lawmakers begin drafting legislation to introduce next year.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
FILE - In this March 3, 2014 file photo, State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, speaks on behalf of his bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Georgia for patients with certain illnesses, in Atlanta. An effort to bring a form of medical marijuana to Georgia spearheaded by Peake continues to move forward, but hurdles remain as lawmakers begin drafting legislation to introduce next year. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
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A state lawmaker says if other options fail, he’s willing to risk going to prison to help Georgia families get medical cannabis oil.

This year, state lawmakers will consider a bill to decriminalize cannabis oil for those with seizure disorders and other medical conditions.  But Georgians would still have to get the oil from other states, and that’s illegal under federal law. So to keep families from being arrested, bill sponsor Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, says he’s willing to bring the cannabis oil to Georgia himself.

“I’m at the point in my life, and so passionate and convinced that this works for these families that maybe it’s time for a little civil disobedience. Maybe it’s time for someone to push the envelope by breaking the law, federal law and bringing the oil back here to Georgia.”

But Peake says hopefully it won’t come to that. The Georgia lawmaker says he and supporters are looking at other ways to get the oil to Georgia.

“We’re working on several options: One is shipping, and we’re working very diligently, and hopefully will have an announcement very soon about that; another one is access from another state; another option is asking the governor to ask for an exemption from the DEA.”

Were Peake to risk transporting the oil to Georgia, he could face a federal drug smuggling charge. He says that could mean up to 10 years in prison.