My husband and I talked with Lt. Gov. Cagle in his office a few weeks ago, and he looked us in the eyes and said he was going to help our children.
Where was that help when we needed it the most?
How can a bill with such overwhelming support (393-6 votes total) not be passed? How can two people be able to thwart the democratic process? How can they play games with our sick children, some of whom may not live to the next legislative session?
In the end, special-needs children were pitted against each other. This is despicable, immoral behavior. The explanation we’ve heard is that this is “just politics,” and they are “standing up to the House.” I’ve heard some awful stories about politics, but I never thought I’d see sick children being used as political pawns. And how can “standing up to the House” be more important than my child’s life, much less the thousands of other lives this could have benefited?
We are hopeful based on Governor Deal’s recent comments that something can be done at the executive level before the next legislative session. We will obviously continue to fight for this medicine for our children, at both the state and federal levels.
Twenty-one states now have medical marijuana laws — Alabama passed theirs last week — and Georgia could have been one more to put pressure on the federal government, if only our legislators had done the right thing.
As a Christian, I believe in forgiveness for those who trespass against us. However, I am struggling with this since we also have to fight for those that cannot fight for themselves: our children.
We will be praying we find that forgiveness, but we will also be praying for these leaders, that they will never again use innocent children for their political agendas.
Shannon Cloud lives in Smyrna.