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

Written by on January 25, 2016 in Government, Policies with 42 Comments

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By Justin Gardner | Activist Post

“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.

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“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.

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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.

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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 TheFreeThoughtProject.com

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  1. 166008530435610@facebook.com' Stanko Monev says:

    <3 <3 <3 Full support for this ! Stop hiding the truth ! Liberty will prevail !

  2. 150125078697855@facebook.com' Jaybird Rothschild says:

    Why doesn’t he work hard to change the laws for everyone???

  3. 1657011317891390@facebook.com' Mona Kandeler says:

    Great! Thanks.

  4. 10204222343033898@facebook.com' Faisal Young says:

    So you can legally smoke it with a medical card but you can’t legally give it to a genuinely sick child! !!????? What a joke.

  5. 940292809341054@facebook.com' Jeb Jebberson says:

    Awesome! I wish I knew about RSO before my grampa died of cancer. I’d have been growing fields of weed, if it would have gave him just a little relief.

  6. 10208301634680289@facebook.com' Richjard Broome says:

    the problem is global..there are pockets waking up to the importance of cannabis,im in the uk an the government wont even consider the stacking evidence..we dont have much hope…

  7. 10156374428115790@facebook.com' Roland Abiabdallah says:

    Sarah FO

  8. 983918475028198@facebook.com' Rebecca Tighe says:

    If individuals fought for what’s right rather than their job then legalising cannabis for medicinal use wouldn’t be that difficult. If nobody is enforcing the law there is no law.

  9. 1142567012423421@facebook.com' Mernie Whitted says:

    thank you

  10. 998120423577731@facebook.com' Sukha Bhucho Sukhdev says:

    If your cannabis can be legal then why not poppy husk or opium ..it has also medicinally used in lot of medicines

    • 940292809341054@facebook.com' Jeb Jebberson says:

      It should all be legal! What gives one human the right to tell another what they can, and cannot do?

    • 956844371030715@facebook.com' Katy Elwood says:

      Cannibus needs no alteration or processing to reveal itself as medicine.

    • 998120423577731@facebook.com' Sukha Bhucho Sukhdev says:

      I thick this the millions trillions ‘s bussiness for some cunning ppl around the world that why these drugs be illegal …just think how many drug related inmates they put them behind the bars …its big game no one can understand ……any way thanks friends for replying me Jeb Jebberson and Katy Elwood

    • 940292809341054@facebook.com' Jeb Jebberson says:

      I don’t think opium does either, does it Katy? I’m not sure, I think it’s just the resin, or whatever it’s called from a poppy.

    • 998120423577731@facebook.com' Sukha Bhucho Sukhdev says:

      Ya there are not hard laws related to poppy and opium as here in India ,cannibes dose not illegal they illegal drugs according to area in our area consumption of poppy and opium is baned in ur area great consumption of cannibes most thats why they banned cannibes …i must be sure it only one gang in the whole world and they very well known how to make money

    • 1176767259075076@facebook.com' Samantha Jane says:

      Unfortunately opium is so highly addictive and has terrible withdrawal symptoms so that users cant live without it. Not so with marijuana

    • 998120423577731@facebook.com' Sukha Bhucho Sukhdev says:

      Mam here i talk about the ppl behind this billion trillon $ bussiness of drugs they knowingly imposed ban so thats why their bussiness is running in full swing . If all the harbals remain as it as nature gives us then how the prices of these drugs be increased into 100 times more . What u think now ppl stopes to take drugs ..

  11. 815194181931899@facebook.com' Brent Been says:

    That’s great.

  12. 1080137015371544@facebook.com' Dana Palethorpe says:

    All for it only proving to be the thing to do daily now.Have to have something to guard against what could be in our food and water. That story that keeps getting longer everyday.

  13. Trueshotaura44@gmail.com' An old friend says:

    I live in Atlanta, there is so much weed here and a huge part of the culture yet the status quo denies the reality of the facts. We are a very far ways away from liberating cannabis from the grasps of tyranny in GA and it is still very much illegal here. My brother wrote a letter to the governor to expand the medical cannabis bill and he responded by saying he doesn’t believe that cannabis classification should be rescheduled yet he supports a (extremely limiting and frankly lackluster) bill that by the very definition of it shows he believes cannabis has medical properties and he refuses to recognize GA as a MMJ state. It’s a load of BS and he’s just beating around the bush with no backbone. GG senator peake.

  14. 160088347700085@facebook.com' Parkash Bhatt says:

    Great job

  15. 242054109459123@facebook.com' Juanita Roverano says:

    Amen

  16. 10207982358017821@facebook.com' Mayaman Ako says:

    We need more people like him…with a good heart

  17. 766686266810186@facebook.com' Amanda-Les Martin-Jackson says:

    Laken Marie Hemphill

  18. 998120423577731@facebook.com' Sukha Bhucho Sukhdev says:

    Not only cannabis every natural drug should be legalized

  19. 10153240449035458@facebook.com' Alexis Valle says:

    Gina Lykouretzos

  20. 10153394628677291@facebook.com' Sara Holt says:

    God bless him for his compassion

  21. 10206870709179536@facebook.com' Karen Gerlach says:

    Smart and right

  22. 10206158958035142@facebook.com' Edward Kraft says:

    More BS from pot heads!

  23. 1300357509990342@facebook.com' Shawna Servantez says:

    a Stand up guy!!! we need more in office with a heart…

  24. 10153623708999188@facebook.com' Ann Holliday says:

    when you don’t want a kid to suffer for no reason you will do that, thumbs up for him…..

  25. 10153577022662158@facebook.com' Lauren Mobley says:

    Michele Tillotson isnt this the little girl you photographed??

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