In a press release today from one of Georgia’s largest cannabis reform organizations James Bell, Executive Director of the Georgia C.A.R.E. Project, urged supporters to flood the Governor’s office with calls and comments in an effort to urge him to reconsider his stance on in-state cultivation of medical marijuana.
Earlier this week Governor Nathan Deal made what Bell calls a “thinly veiled threat” against Representative Allen Peake, known to many patients and caretakers in Georgia as the Godfather of Medical Marijuana. In a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Peake’s recent admission of personally smuggling medical marijuana to sick Georgians, Governor Deal eluded to the possibility of serious consequences for Representative Peake who, until recently, was the Governor’s Floor Leader in the state House of Representatives — a position he abandoned last month due to differences of opinion between himself and the Governor on the issue of medical marijuana.
“Everybody has to make their own decision. I would point out, however, that in the truest tradition of civil disobedience – Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. – the real emphasis of civil disobedience is accepting the punishment to what you consider to be unjust. I’ll leave it at that.” – Governor Nathan Deal
“Gov. Deal’s refusal to support in-state cultivation of cannabis is a slap in the face of the patients the law was created to help”, Bell said. “He should be supporting legislation that reduces the risk of arrest by state and federal law enforcement not making veiled threats to those participating in the program.”
Example: “My name is James from Douglas County, I support House Bill 722 in-state cultivation of medical cannabis and expanding the medical conditions for use of the medicine. I encourage the governor to look at the information being provided. Please don’t shut the door on this medicine. We are not criminals.”
It is so important that we speak out on this issue. Here is the number to the Governors office: (404) 656-1776