New fund could help travels for pediatric medical cannabis

mlee@macon.comApril 15, 2014 

ATLANTA -- Stymied by legislative feuding that’s kept one cannabis-derived medicine out of Georgia, state Rep. Allen Peake and some of his associates are launching a fund to send families to states that allow medical marijuana.

There, they could seek help for children who have severe epilepsy, according to the plan.

Families who demonstrate a financial and medical need could tap The Journey of Hope Fund for financial aid to travel to another state and for six months of rent there.

“It’s limited to children with severe seizure disorders,” said Peake, R-Macon.

One family is already in talks with administrators of the fund and could be in Colorado in four weeks.

Peake, along with some close family and business associates, have seeded the fund with a “substantial” donation, he said.

Families seeking to learn more about the prospect can consult Peake’s website or Facebook page.

The announcement comes the week after Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Georgia university officials announced a plan to speed medical trials in Georgia of a liquid form of cannabidiol, or CBD.

The substance does not cause a high, and anecdotal evidence has shown that it provides relief for some children who have dozens of seizures daily.

It is the same compound that Peake sought to bring to Georgia families in his House Bill 885.

The popular bill was an unintended victim of political wrangling on the last day of the annual legislative session in March.

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