A surprising announcement from the man who took on the “good ol’ boy” establishment in order to bring life-saving low THC cannabis oil to Georgia patients has many parents and patients wondering what the future of the program will look like after announcing that he won’t seek reelection in 2018.
State Representative Allen Peake, the author of the Haleigh’s Hope Act and unapologetic advocate for children in Georgia who suffer from severe forms of Epilepsy, told Facebook followers that while it’s been a good run, it is now time to exit politics. “Twelve years ago, I made the decision to enter the perilous political world, thinking that my life and business experience had prepared me for the next step in my life. Little did I know that the journey I was about to embark on would be the ride of a lifetime” Peake said in his Facebook announcement.
I think it goes without saying that few Georgia politicians have expended more political capital in an effort to help those that he represents than Allen Peake has over the last few years, and it is an understatement to say that he leaves this post with the respect, appreciation and admiration of hundreds (or thousands) of Georgia parents and patients. Indeed, were it not for Peake’s dogged determination to ease the suffering of Georgia patients it’s a safe bet that Georgia still would not have had this important, life changing discussion yet.
Thank you, Mr. Peake, for continually speaking truth during an era of “alternative facts” and sticking to your promise to help suffering Georgians. You have changed many lives and what you have done will echo in this state for a long time.
(I was unable to embed the original Facebook post for some reason so you can see a screenshot of it below. To interact with Rep. Peake you can visit his Facebook page here.)