Push For Expansion Of Medical Marijuana In Georgia Continues

Feb 13, 2017

Today on “Political Rewind,” State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) continues his push to expand the legal use of medical marijuana in the state of Georgia. 

He joined us to talk about his latest efforts. Are there new hurdles as Jeff Sessions assumes the role of U.S. Attorney General? During confirmation hearings, Sessions said he wouldn't commit to "never enforcing federal laws" related to the possession and transport of marijuana across state lines. In an interesting development, U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) is proposing a law that would take the federal government out of the equation, and allow states to develop their own marijuana policies. Peake says he plans to push for a constitutional amendment in Georgia, which would mean a voter referendum, in 2018. State Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) believes that easing the medical marijuana restrictions could help the state address the growing opioid epidemic.

Over the weekend, Americans got to see Senior Trump Advisor Stephen Miller in action. Our panel discussed some of the statements Miller offered up on the Sunday morning talk shows and whether his approach is what the administration needs right now. How much does tone matter in these early days of the new administration?

Also on today's show, the panel discussed Saturday's demonstrations in Georgia congressional offices. Large crowds of protestors showed up for a second day to demand town hall meetings with their representatives. Is this the beginning of a movement that will impact the 2018 mid-term elections?

Panelists:

Jim Galloway – Political Columnist, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rep. Allen Peake – Republican State Representative/Macon

Rep. Stacey Evans – Democratic State Representative/Smyrna

Heath Garrett ­– Assistant to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson