Politifact, the group that weighs in on the truthfulness of all things political, recently turned its attention to claims by state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, that medical cannabis oil cannot get people high.
Peake’s claim was ruled “true,” with Politifact citing the limited studies of cannabidiol as showing no high, as well as a National Institute of Drug Abuse mention of cannabidiol as a “non-psychoactive cannabinoid.”
That was a lot of medical terminology, so Politifact summed it up by saying “the main component of the plant used to make cannabis oil doesn’t have the mind-altering, munchies-inducing effect associated with street use of the plant.”
In other words, you may still hear about reefer madness, but it’s unlikely you’ll hear about cannabidiol oil craziness.
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On Monday, U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, along with U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, were seemingly celebrating a big victory in getting funding to deepen the Savannah Harbor.
“The 2015 Appropriations bill includes $1.52 million in construction funding that will keep this vital economic infrastructure project on track,” according to a news release from Isakson’s office. “To ensure this money is put to work, the Obama Administration is restricted from further needless delays.”
Again, it’s $1.52 million. The Associated Press reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to spend $250 million in the first year of construction, or about $5 million a week. At that rate, the big news of federal largesse buys maybe a couple days’ worth of funding, which doesn’t seem likely on its own to avoid significant delays.
The total deepening cost is estimated at $706 million, which the federal government would pay 60 percent of, the Associated Press reported. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal plans to spend $266 million in state money to begin the dredging.
SENATORS GET ASSIGNMENTS
U.S. Sen.-elect David Perdue, R-Ga., was assigned seats on the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Budget; Foreign Relations; and Judiciary committees, as well as the Special Committee on Aging.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was assigned seats on Finance; Foreign Relations; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and the Veterans Affairs committees, as well as the Select Committee on Ethics.
In a statement, Perdue focused on his appointment to the Agriculture Committee, noting Georgians’ long service on the committee and importance to Georgia’s economy.
Left unsaid in the statement: Perdue didn’t get the Senate Armed Services Committee post being vacated by Sen. Saxby Chambliss. The military is certainly important to Georgia, and Georgia is important to the military. According to the U.S. Department of Defense’s 2012 demographic report, Georgia hosted some 72,976 active-duty service members, making it the fifth-largest state for the military.
Writer Mike Stucka compiled this report.