Meet the Congressman Who’s Heroically Breaking the Law by Giving Medical Cannabis to Sick Children

alan-peakeBy Justin Gardner

“Unjust laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?” – Henry David Thoreau

Witnessing the slavery and imperialism being carried out by government during the mid-nineteenth century, Henry David Thoreau was compelled to apply his transcendental philosophy to challenge the fallacies of the state. Civil Disobedience is one of the greatest American texts, and was a prime influence for Martin Luther King, Jr., who said, “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.

Civil disobedience is a familiar concept to those who realize that government does not possess a greater wisdom and justice than the individual simply because it is government. As Thoreau wrote, we have a duty to resist when the state is recognized as an agent of injustice.

This is sometimes even embraced by those working within the system. Rep. Allen Peake, a Georgia lawmaker, admitted that he defies unjust cannabis prohibition by bringing medical cannabis into Georgia from states where it is legal, such as Colorado. He recently delivered medical cannabis to a mother whose son suffers from seizures.

“I got a text this morning from the mother of a young child who I delivered product to,” said Peake. “And the heartfelt thanks from this mother, the difference in this child – the increase in cognitive ability, the reduction in seizures, has been worth every bit of risk that I’ve taken.”

Georgia residents have just begun their struggle to gain the freedom to treat their medical conditions with a plant that is proven to be effective for many ailments. The ability of medical cannabis to reduce or eliminate epileptic seizures—without harmful side effects—is astounding and is recognized by medical professionals. The biggest news at the last American Epilepsy Society conference was a landmark study showing that a cannabis extract vastly reduces seizures in children.

Yet this miracle treatment is denied to people in more than half of U.S. states and is still completely banned by the federal government as a Schedule 1 drug with “no currently accepted medical use.”

In the face of such injustice, some are moving to states with legal medical cannabis, some continue suffering or rely on prescription pills, and some engage in civil disobedience. Allen Peake is a model of virtue among a cesspool of state corruption.

He routinely visits former Georgians who now live in Colorado so they can treat their conditions without the fear of being locked in a cage.

“Listen, I made a commitment to these families when I got involved, that I was willing to do whatever it took to make sure they had access to a product from a reputable manufacturer. I’ve made good on that promise. If it involved civil disobedience, it’s been absolutely worth it,” said Peake.

Rep. Peake has also introduced a bill in the Georgia House of Representatives that would expand the number of diseases and conditions for which cannabis oil can be prescribed, and also calls for “a minimum of two and a maximum of six in-state manufacturers for the production of all medical cannabis within the state by Dec. 1, 2016.” More than 100 House members have signed the bill.

The proposed bill follows up on Georgia’s first step taken last year to decriminalize medical cannabis, called the Haleigh’s Hope Act. It gave limited protections to those who use or administer cannabis oil, such as desperate parents who witness their child having endless seizures.

An Atlanta mom is having to resort to the black market to get the only thing that works to stop her daughter’s violent autistic episodes—medical cannabis. She showed a heartbreaking video to the local Channel 2 station of the father trying to restrain his 5-year-old daughter so she doesn’t severely bite herself. After trying 30 different supplements and medicines unsuccessfully, cannabis is the only thing that prevents the violent episodes and allows here daughter to engage in normal tasks. She buys cannabis on the black market and makes the oil extract at home.

Mike Buffington is editor of the Jackson County Herald, a self-professed conservative, and father to a 21-year-old son who has suffered seizures for 15 years. He wrote a column last month called “I’m Growing Marijuana.”

“My pot plant is really something of a civic protest against absurd state policies that prevent children who suffer from seizure disorders from getting help,” said Buffington.

He found a variety of cannabis that is low in psychoactive properties and high in seizure-fighting substances. He is going to plant the seed and use an indoor grow kit, hoping to gain a green thumb through his act of defiance. Buffington will post pictures of the progress.

“I’m making a political statement, but I’m trying to show that it’s just a plant. If it has the potential to help people, why not open the door and see what we can do with it?” said Buffington. “Obviously, if you’re going to do civil disobedience, you know what the penalties potentially are, and you’ve got to be willing to take those penalties.”

In his case, possessing one plant would be a misdemeanor. No cops have come knocking on his door yet. Law enforcement must be in a quandary here, as charging Buffington would showcase the absurdity of “just doing their job.”

These acts of civil disobedience are enraging state prosecutors, who are undoubtedly working to derail Rep. Peake’s proposed House bill to expand medical cannabis access. The governor has already made his opposition clear, and there will be resistance in the Senate. Cannabis prohibition is too profitable for law enforcement and prison industries to give up easily.

The tide against these agents of injustice may already be too great for them to resist. Civil disobedience is among us and growing. Thoreau would be proud.

Justin Gardner writes for

  • craigzimmerman12

    Mr. Peake isn’t even a Doctor. What gives him the right to hand out illegal substances that may cause harm to innocent children?

    • William Burke

      His status as a human being. You might want to look into that sometime.

      • craigzimmerman12

        Giving poison to kids does not him a humanitarian.

        • Wake Up

          The only ones giving poison are the physicians. Radiation/Chemo. But keep drinking that kool aid, bro.

    • Ricky

      It’s a nutritional supplement. What right does anyone have, to keep it from anyone else?

      It will cause zero harm. But, going without it will. Most children with Dravet syndrome don’t reach adulthood. This nutritional supplement is giving many of these children an actual shot at life.

      • craigzimmerman12

        Thousands of people go to the ER every year because of Marijuana intoxication. Don’t tell me that it’s harmless.

        • Ricky

          Not thousands. Plus, what exactly does the ER staff do for these patients? Ever look into it. Typically, they get an IV and observation. No one dies from it.

          “Giving poison to kids does not make him a humanitarian.”

          It’s not poison, moron. What part of nutritional supplement did you fail to understand? These children have tried all your poisonous pills and they didn’t work. What does work, non intoxicating hemp oil. But, for some reason you oppose saving a child’s life.

        • William Burke

          If they go, it’s because it proved too strong and, instead of calming down and realizing it’s a very temporary condition (maybe two hours at the most), they freak out and go to the ER, instead of staying where they are.

          It’s not poison; no harm is done, and there is really nothing the ER can do besides hand them a bill. For NOTHING.

          And gee whiz, Craig, there are COUNTLESS medical studies you can find online that have proved that it SHRINKS CANCEROUS TUMORS! IT LITERALLY CAN CURE CANCER. OMG! Can’t have that! It’s CHEAP AND IT CURES CANCER!!!

  • William Burke

    Rep. Allen Peake for President!

  • yEshUA ImmAnUEl * ben-‘Adam

    “Then,” said the lady, “I must tell thee what my modesty forbids me to say. I love thee. Look into my eyes and see whether or not what I am telling is true. Come with me, and I will give thee a substantial happiness far superior to any that thou mayst find. Can there be any greater happiness for a man than the love of a beautiful woman? I am rich, I am free, I am beautiful; I love thee with all the passionate love of which woman is capable. Come with me, and thou shalt never repent it.”

    “Fair one,” answered Jesus, “all the earthly elements of my material nature are striving to fly to thy embrace ; but they are held by the superior will of the spirit. I do not seek for that type of happiness, nor could I find contentment in the things which thou offerest me. I seek for happiness in that which is not subject to change; that which thou canst give is subject to decay. I reject thy offer.”

    • William Burke

      Meet yEshUA, ladies and gentlemen! A person who has no words of his own with which to converse with human beings. Only scripture.

      If his scriptures were taken away, he would be wordless for all time.

    • yEshUA ImmAnUEl * ben-‘Adam

      “Beware that no secret entrance is left open, by which a favorite passion may enter, and if the temptress should enter unaware, during slumber, he should call to his aid the superior power of his awakened Will, and repel her. Then will the door of his soul be open, Reason will enter and guide him by the light of Divine Wisdom nearer to permanent Peace.”

  • gweneth

    Move to Colorado and imbibe away your problems and seizures.

  • craigzimmerman12

    So thousands of people go to the ER because Marijuana is perfectly harmless.?

  • Tom

    I’m all for the medical uses but why are there so many ads here emphasizing the the recreational use. This is exactly what people are concerned about. Why shove it in their faces if you are really concerned about children’s health and curing cancers? You are only hurting your own interests.

  • Anti512

    Why no mention that he’s a republican?

  • Hugo Spinoso

    it seems that unjust laws most of the time are ignored or they have to be reinforced using violence and too much effort, and even so they are rarely completely erradicated.

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