Legislative Notebook: Peake having change of heart over medical marijuana

January 14, 2014 

State Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, a staunch opponent of marijuana legalization, said Monday that he would be willing to consider a tight law to legalize medical marijuana -- if a measure comes up.

“This is a big step for me,” said Bibb’s senior Republican representative. He’s started to get constituent emails from people who say the drug could help their children, friends or family members.

There is no bill yet speaking to the issue, but one state senator has proposed fact-finding hearings on the drug’s touted healing properties.

-- Maggie Lee

SCLC pushes for statue of King at Capitol building

ATLANTA -- The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is lobbying state lawmakers to approve building a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the state Capitol.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports state Rep. Tryone Brooks is leading the initiative and has already filed a bill for consideration.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery, former SCLC president and civil rights leader, says the statue should have been erected a long time ago.

In 2013, a statue of former lawmaker and publisher Tom Watson was removed from the Capitol steps. Some had criticized the statue’s placement because they said Watson vilified Jews and blacks. His statue was relocated to a park across the street from the Capitol.

Brooks says the SCLC plans to fully fund the statue, and will not seek state funds.

-- Associated Press

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