ATLANTA (BNG) — Southern Baptists in Georgia are lobbying against a proposal to allow the cultivation of marijuana in the state to produce cannabis oil legalized earlier this year for treatment of certain illnesses like late-stage cancer and epilepsy.
The law allows patients to possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil, if prescribed by a physician. However, in order to obtain the medicine families have to travel to Colorado and other states where it is legal.
On Dec. 9 a Commission on Medical Cannabis appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal rejected a proposal by Rep. Allen Peake, who pushed for the legalization of medical marijuana, citing a federal law against growing cannabis and concerns the state cannot adequately control the plant and its products.
Mike Griffin, a Georgia Baptist Convention spokesman who testified at the Commission on Medical Cannabis hearing, said in a Dec. 10 interview with Fox News WGAU that Georgia Baptists have not taken a position on cannabis oil but believe in general that medical marijuana “ends up being a step toward recreational use.”
In November the Georgia Baptist Convention passed a resolution “opposing any legislation that would authorize the cultivation of marijuana in the State of Georgia.”
The resolution’s author, Christian Index Editor Gerald Harris, penned an editorial Nov. 24 terming medical marijuana a “Trojan Horse” being used in an “incremental approach to legalizing marijuana use.”
Rather than politicizing the issue by introducing it in state legislatures, Griffin said it really should be up to the federal Food and Drug Administration to decide whether or not to legalize a pharmaceutical drug.